Nov 21, 2009 8:37 PM by Jim Hummel

Holiday Jobs Filling Up Fast

During the holiday shopping rush, many retailers hire extra help to deal with the added business.  But if you're thinking of getting a job over the holidays, and haven't applied just yet, you might want to get moving.  The jobs are filling up fast.

At Marshall's Nursery in Lafayette, the full holiday staff was on hand this week as Christmas trees arrived. 

"We have standing potential for about 300 to 400 trees at one time, so it takes a lot of man power to get that work done," said manager Madge Mclain.

To prepare for that work, Marshall's advertised their need for seasonal workers with a sign in front of the nursery.

"We had so many applications that we had to take the sign down in about five days," Mclain said.

With Black Friday less than a week away, many retailers over at the Mall of Acadiana have stopped taking applications.  Some stores with limited opportunities still available include American Eagle, Bath & Body Works, and Buckle. 

"They still have some jobs out there, which is a good thing and some people are going to be happy to get those jobs," said Dr. Tony Greco, an economics professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 

For those still able to find a seasonal job, Dr. Greco says there could be good news as the economy rebounds.

"There has been a trend for retail sales to be going up a little bit, even before the holidays, so it just might be that some of those workers can stay on in a permanent role," Greco said.

A recent survey by corroborates that assertion.  The survey found that 31% of hiring managers indicate they are likely to hire a seasonal worker for a full-time position. 


Jim Hummel


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