By Tracy Clemons
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The Home Depot announced close to 1,000 seasonal jobs are coming to the St. Louis area this spring.
In a time when jobs are scarce, this is good news for people looking for work.
Simply put, they're looking for people who want to work and will show up on time.
These are part time positions, cashiers, sales, and so on, but some could very well turn into full time gigs.
The spring is The Home Depot's Christmas. So, just like the stores in the mall in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day, Home Depot stores beef up their staffs to handle the increase in people shopping for plants, lumber to build decks, paint, and any and every other home improvement need they may have.
Seasonal jobs are nothing new, but the competition for them is a recent development. There are some ways to make yourself stand out.
"Availability is one," says Home Depot manager Marilou Tapp. "The more availability they can give us, especially evenings and weekends because we are a retail environment, is the best thing for hiring."
Tapp manages the Home Depot on South Kingshighway in St. Louis.
"Really just want to work. We just want people that want to serve our customers and want to work. The best thing I can tell people is to just come to work and be on time."
"Showcase what they're looking for, and then once you're hired give it 100 percent," adds career expert Shary Raske with Courage to Change Enterprises. "Don't think that you should start looking within the organization until you're settled in three to four weeks later. Then start to really get to know their website really good to know whatever other opportunities might be there."
Raske also says as tempting as it is to put down every degree and every professional accomplishment, it's best not to let on if you're over-qualified.
"If you're going to take a seasonal job, you have to act as if this is really going to do well. The other thing that's where people can shoot themselves in the foot is if an interviewer well you're highly over-qualified and you're going to leave as soon as you find something better right? You have to tell the truth and say 'in all possibility, yes. But I won't leave you in the lurch. I'll give you two weeks notice so you can find a replacement for me.'"
Once you're in, Raske says do your job and do it well, and find a way to make the company more money.
Marilou Tapp also says being bilingual helps.