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:

6. Think ahead

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Part-time employee Emanuel Fuentes stocks shelves with toys at the Toys "R" Us store in October 2012 in Framingham, Mass.

You won't make a fortune from holiday employment – Snagajob projects an average pay of $10.70 an hour for 2012 – but your initiative can pay dividends.

Half of 2012's seasonal hires will transition to a permanent position, according to Snagajob's estimate. Last year, 15 percent of Toys "R" Us holiday workers stayed on, according to the company. Jennifer Albano, director of corporate communications at Toys "R" Us said via telephone: "Anyone who is a standout employee, shows great customer service skills, and really shines throughout the season has an opportunity to stay with us beyond the holidays."

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