Work and Be Merry: Americans Prepare for the Holidays by Pursuing Seasonal Employment
MAYNARD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 21, 2004--
Monster Sees Spike in Online Retail Hiring Leading into Winter Months Seventy-Four Percent of Monster Users Have Worked in Retail during Their Career
Whether they are seeking extra cash for holiday gifts or a temporary job with full-time potential, Americans are on the hunt for seasonal employment. According to a recent Monster Meter poll, 46 percent of Monster users and 71 percent of MonsterTRAK users plan to seek seasonal work during the upcoming holidays. The Monster Meter, a product of Monster(R), the leading global online careers site and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNST), is an ongoing series of online polls that gauge users' opinions on a variety of topics relating to careers, the economy and the workplace.
Employers are also gearing up for the holiday season. Supporting the National Retail Federation's forecast that winter holiday spending will increase 4.5 percent over last year, Monster has experienced a 29 percent year-over-year increase in retail job postings.
Where are the Retail jobs?
California accounts for 16 percent of retail jobs on Monster, followed by New York (6.5 percent), Illinois (5.8 percent), Florida (5.6 percent), and Texas (5.4 percent). Among the major metropolitan areas, New York City accounts for 6.4 percent of all retail opportunities, followed by Los Angeles (6.0 percent), Chicago (4.6 percent), San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (4.1 percent), and Boston and Philadelphia (both at 3.9 percent).
What types of candidates are employers seeking?
Twenty-eight percent of job postings on Monster target retail workers with management experience. Seventeen percent are targeting retail workers at "mid-career," while 16 percent are available at the entry-level. Additionally, 30 percent of retail postings target Monster job seeker members with a high school degree - thus indicating opportunity for students looking for work on the weekends and during school vacation.
For expert advice on how to land a seasonal job, visit Monster's 2004 Retail Holiday Help Report at: http://featuredreports.monster.com/retail/help04/.
The Monster Meter asked, "Have you ever worked in retail?" (a)
A total of 13,842 votes were cast:
74% said: "Yes."
36% said: "No."
The Monster Meter asked, "Are you planning to look for a seasonal job over the holidays?" (b)
A total of 4,978 votes were cast:
54% said: "No."
46% said: "Yes."
The Monster Meter asked MonsterTRAK users, "Are you planning to look for a seasonal job over the holidays?" (c)
A total of 1,821 votes were cast:
71% said: "Yes."
29% said: "No."
(a) Results are based on 13,842 votes cast by Monster users from October 4th to October 11th, 2004 on the Monster homepage. Only one vote per user is counted toward the final tabulation. Anyone interested in voting in Monster's current online poll may do so by logging onto Monster at www.monster.com. Users may review the results of past polls by going to http://content.monster.com/polls/. These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinions of only those Internet users who have chosen to participate.
(b) Results are based on 4,978 votes cast by Monster users from September 27th to September 30th, 2004 on the Monster homepage. Only one vote per user is counted toward the final tabulation.
(c) Results are based on 1,821 votes cast by Monster users from September 27th to October 18th, 2004 on the MonsterTRAK homepage. Only one vote per user is counted toward the final tabulation. Anyone interested in voting in MonsterTRAK's current online poll may do so by logging onto Monster at www.monstertrak.com. Users may review the results of past polls by going to http://content.monster.com/polls/. These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinions of only those Internet users who have chosen to participate.
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