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How to land a seasonal job during slow holiday hiring
How to land a seasonal job during slow holiday hiring

Retailers preparing for Christmas crowds are planning to boost their holiday hiring -- but not by much. With unsteady consumer confidence, high unemployment and a languid economic recovery, a new forecast from consultant firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. predicts a less-than-impressive bump in temporary hires over the next three months. The job market could experience a seasonal surge of nearly 700,000 workers come the holidays, according to the report. Last year saw a gain of 660,200 winter employees from October through December, a 1.9% boost from 2010, it said. The current projection is a meager increase compared with the pre-recession period, when companies hired an average...

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