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Competition To Find A Holiday Season Job Is Fierce

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Are you looking for work this holiday season? You're not alone. Recent lay-offs and the slumping economy have made finding even a low-paying job more competitive. \r\n\r\nThis holiday season prepare to see fewer "help wanted" signs in store windows. And for those places that are looking for holiday help, job applicants this year are facing a lot of competition.\r\n\r\nFrom big-box stores to retail outlets to convenience stores, the number of seasonal employees being hired this year is declining, wile the number of applications for those fewer spots is skyrocketing.\r\n\r\nLooking for work at 7-Eleven? We'll, get in line. One 7-Eleven in California recently received more than 100 applications just for a job that pays $8.50 an hour.\r\n\r\nCindy and Bill English are looking for retail work, no matter how low-paying, to make ends meet this holiday season. While Bill has to end his short-lived retirement, Cindy already holds down a full-time job.\r\n\r\n"But it's not enough to pay the bills. So, I'm going to have to work full-time and part-time, just to break even, not to get ahead, just to break even," said Cindy.\r\n\r\nThe hard part isn't the work itself, instead, it's finding a place that has work to offer.\r\n\r\n"Extremely difficult, because the amount of people out there looking for work is overwhelming, because of all the layoffs," continued Cindy.\r\n\r\nThose layoffs continue to take their toll locally. In San Diego last month, the unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, which was an increase from 4.8 percent one year ago. That is creating a glut of highly qualified applicants for lower-skilled positions.\r\n\r\n"We're definitely seeing an influx of people coming in our door," said Jodi Provence who is with Adecco.\r\n\r\nOne business that is booming now, thanks to the shaky economy, are employment agencies like Adecco in Clairemont, which works overtime to find jobs for its clients.\r\n\r\n"Unfortunately this year we are seeing a decrease in the number of employers that are hiring the temporary work," continued Provence.\r\n\r\nProvence also says there is work out there, from seasonal jobs to full-time positions for applicants who are flexible about their options.\r\n\r\n"You definitely need to be open to the type of opportunity that it is. It may not be the specific job or dream job they're looking for, but it's a good way to get your foot in the door," adds Provence.\r\n\r\nIt's a foot-in-the door strategy that will hopefully help some families land on their feet financially.
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