LANSING, MI (WLNS) – It’s only September but job opportunities are opening up for the holiday season. Even with unemployment rates in the capital area region just above 3%, business owners are looking for workers.
It’s a familiar journey for some. Walking into the Capital Area Michigan Works building and trying to find work. Right now, with about 2,700 jobs posted on its website job prospects for the unemployed are looking pretty good.
“If you want to work and are drug free, can pass a drug test, can pass a background check you should be able to find something,” said Capital Area Michigan Works CEO Edythe Hatter-Williams.
With the holiday season right around the corner, the retail market is showing more job openings now. Hatter-Williams says it could lead to even more opportunities down the road.
“Even when you go in you may be just looking for seasonal employment, it could certainly end up being something long-term. Could end up even being full-time,” said Hatter-Williams.
So, while local businesses like the student bookstore in East Lansing are hiring in the future…
“Our Christmas help tend to roll on through our January book rush and right through the spring semester also,” said Student Bookstore Assistant Manager Mike Wylie.
Hatter-Williams says here’s what you need to do to set yourself apart from the other candidates for the job, “be prepared to be asked the question can you work full-time, can you work evenings, can you work weekends. So, you really want to have those answers thought out and be prepared because again you could be interviewed right on the spot.”