Seasonal work: Six tips for snagging that temporary job

When it comes to quickly adding hundreds of thousands of workers to payrolls, nothing does the trick quite like the holidays. Companies will add hundreds of thousands of workers in the run-up to Christmas. Here are six tips to help you get one of those temporary jobs:

4. Search beyond retail

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ElKeenan Liggins, center, with FedEx Smart Post, answers questions from a group of investors and lenders during a tour of the company's Southaven, Miss, facility last month. In 2012, FedEx expected to hire 20,000 seasonal workers to handle the holiday rush.

While retail typically leads the pack in late-year hires, opportunities abound in a host of sectors. Shipping companies, restaurants, warehouses, and offices all look to pad their numbers for the busiest time of the year.

FedEx, for example, expects holiday shipping to jump 13 percent this year over 2011. And the shipping giant is hiring 20,000 seasonal workers to cover the increase.

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