Cleveland holiday hiring: What you need to know and how to take advantage of the hiring frenzy

Posted at 12:43 PM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-26 20:18:43-05

Holiday shopping season is expected to be gangbusters this year and that means stores are hiring to help with the demand.

"Of course, the whole idea of hiring these people was brought about by Black Friday,” said Dr. Richard Klein from Cleveland State University’s Urban Affairs and Business Colleges.

"The economy is doing very, very well," said Dr. Elad Granot who is the Dean of the College of Business and Economics at Ashland University.

Two business experts. One goal. Helping you understand holiday hiring.

"Target, I understand this year, is going to offer $11 an hour pay scale,” Dr. Klein told us.

"Obviously, Amazon to 1-800 Flowers, but also Macy's and the United States Postal Service is hiring as well,” revealed Dr. Granot.

Along with the money, comes opportunity. Plus, experience for someone brand new to the workforce.

"A young person who wants to get into the field to see if they'd like to work in a store environment like that,” said Dr. Klein.

"There's such a shortage in the economy that you are actually in the driver's seat,” mentioned Dr. Granot. And depending on how you handle your employment drive, you could get the wheels rolling toward a full-time position. "Do your best. Do everything that you're told and then some,” said Dr. Granot. “Really work hard because they'll need you and make an offer.”

Just be aware of an interesting trend, though, when it comes to holiday positions.

"Many of these part-time jobs are offered to full-time employees as a chance to earn extra money,” Dr. Klein told us.

So, if you really want to earn money, get some experience, and have the potential for the future then get your driving engines running now. "Show some initiative. Show responsibility,” suggested Dr. Granot. "Working part-time gives you an idea of what it might be like if you were there full-time,” said Dr. Klein.

A recent national report shows that last year nearly 25 percent of the holiday jobs that were open did not get filled. This year the jobs are out there again so here's your chance.