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Holiday Jobs | How to get hired

12:36 PM, Sep 26, 2012   |    comments
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(AP file)

ATLANTA -- Hundreds of thousands of holiday jobs are now up for grabs, but with so many people out of work, competition is fierce. 

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"Bring your A game," said hiring expert Beth Herman, regional vice president for Manpower. "That's what they want."

It doesn't matter if you've never worked in retail or haven't worked in retail for a long time. Herman said lots of skills are transferable between occupations.

She adds that just because a position is seasonal, it doesn't have to end when the season is over.

"The reality is it's a foot in the door," she said. "It's a working interview."

Herman said the best of the best are kept on after the holidays and can move up or around within a company down the line.

She breaks down the top tips for scoring a holiday job and keeping it.

What are your top tips for applicants?

When should I apply and when will I hear back?

What's better, applying in person or online?

What if I've never worked in retail or it's been a long time?

What if I'm overqualified?

How and when should I follow up with my application?

How can I keep my job after the holidays end?

How can seasonal work help my resume?

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