This time of year can be slow going for people who are looking for a job. Staffing agencies say it's tougher placing people in jobs around the holidays, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of opportunities up for grabs. There certainly is a slowdown considering that a lot of the construction and outdoor opportunities are not in the mix right now, but one staffing agency says if you're looking for work, sporting events could be one of your best bets.
"We get job orders every day,” said Kim Underwood, staffing coordinator at Virginia’s Staffing Choice. “Every single day we get job orders."
Virginia's Staffing Choice is constantly playing matchmaker, connecting companies with dozens of eager workers. But making the match this time of year has its challenges.
“When you're around any kind of holiday, certain jobs kind of slow down because people are going on vacation. They really don't want to hire someone right now because they want to wait until afterwards,” said Dennis Therrien, sales manager at Virginia’s Staffing Choice.
Some companies just aren't willing to spend on training right now. But experts say there is no need to be discouraged because hiring is happening. Underwood says some of the hot jobs in Charlottesville are at University of Virginia football and basketball games. They provide steady seasonal work and the pay is above minimum wage.
"In each game we have different positions. It can be concessions, we're looking for grill cooks, we have managers for each stand, so for football and basketball it could be from 50 to 100 people for different games,” she said.
Underwood says food service prep and housekeeping are good areas to look into.
Therrien said, "A lot of companies put on holiday parties, could be weddings, anything like that.”
Virginia's Staffing Choice says warehouse work has solid opportunities because jobs tend to pop up at the last minute for distribution help. The timeframe for these jobs is usually for two months, but it's not uncommon for temporary work to turn into a full-time gig.
The people we spoke with say job seekers should be honest about their skills so they are not placed in a position they can't handle.