Holly Darden of Broussard has been looking for full-time work for over a year.
"At the time I'm desperate now for money, so I'll take seasonal," says Darden.
She says it's been a last resort, but it's what she's now resorting to for the time being.
"I'll go for the stores. Whatever I can do part-time right now in the stores as far as customer service," says Darden.
Tina Johnstone, local area coordinator at the Lafayette Business and Career Solutions Center, says thousands in Lafayette Parish turn to retail throughout the year.
"Retail is one of the major employers in Lafayette Parish. We have the second highest employment in the retail trade in our area," says Johnstone.
Johnstone says employment in Lafayette Parish ticks up 1 percent during the holidays then drops off 1 percent in January and February, when holiday assignments are over. However, she says, temporary holiday jobs are still good opportunities to show your stuff and secure a more permanent position.
"Back in the old days when I was looking for part-time work, I got hired at Target and then they kept me on afterwards and I moved up to cashier supervisor. So, there's always advancement. Even though you are hired as a temporary person for the Christmas help they keep the best employees on," says Johnstone.
Johnstone says to beat the competition and land a temporary holiday job you need to be aggressive, but not "a pest."
"Wait a few days after you put in your application, contact them. You don't get a result or an answer? Wait another week, call back again or contact them through email or whatever they request," says Johnstone.
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