GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Whether you’re looking for work over the winter holidays or planning ahead for 2017, finding seasonal work doesn’t have to be difficult. Ted Chalupsky, President and Founder of the employment firm, The Right Staff joined us on KARE11 News@4 to discuss how to find work. The following are some of his tips for job seekers:

Know where to look.
Big-box retailers like Target and Wal-Mart typically offer a range of seasonal jobs in the winter months, as do shipping companies like UPS and FedEx. However, by working with a recruiting firm you will gain access to the best temporary and seasonal jobs in the Twin Cities. Companies partner with staffing agencies to help them source, vet and hire employees for seasonal positions. That means to gain access to these jobs you should turn to your recruiter for help. Talk to your recruiter and let them know you are open to a temporary position.

Start searching early.
Employers who rely on seasonal staff start planning to hire six months to a year in advance, so start searching early. August or September is a good time to start looking for work over the winter holidays, while October and November are good months to seek work for the busy tax season. If you wait until the season has started, you’ll be facing slimmer options – if you can find an opening at all.

Be ready to talk about what you offer and what you’re looking for.
Many seasonal workers apply by “dropping in” to fill out applications with employers. If you do, dress neatly, bring a pen and documentation that shows you can legally work in the United States, and be ready to talk about what you bring to the table and what you’re looking for. For instance, if you want to work specific days and hours, know what these are. If you’re particularly good at talking to customers, mention this.

Talk to a recruiter.
Staffing firms that specialize in placing seasonal staff will have access to many job openings that aren’t publicly posted. They’ll also be able to take your needs and plans into account when recommending you to companies that offer great seasonal opportunities. Your recruiter can become your “one-stop shop” for finding the best seasonal options in the Twin Cities.