H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Oct 5, 2012 8:10 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Seasonal jobs expected to sizzle this holiday season

This holiday season could see the best hiring in the past five years. That's according to job search engine, "Snagajob." The reason- Americans are expected to spend more. Nationally 700,000 seasonal jobs are expected to be up for grabs.

Oftentimes, seasonal hiring is associated with big names: Walmart, Target, and Best Buy. But on the Central Coast, business is ramping up at toy stores, jewelers, wine cellars, farms and restaurants.

"We are getting ready for a big banquet tonight," said Marco Rizzo, owner of Café Roma in San Luis Obispo, Friday.

Business is sizzling for this restaurant veteran.

"Last week we did six or seven banquets, and this week we are doing five. Whereas in the summer we do one or two," he said.

October through January is banquet and holiday party season.

"We have a base of 26, 27 people at any given time," he said.

Café Roma is hiring. "I keep a big stack of resumes that come through and I post jobs on Craigslist, of course," he explained. Seasonal jobs are one way to get your foot in the door.

"We try to keep it so that after the busy season we can keep them on as well," said Rizzo.

That's how Rachel Perez got her waitress gig 5 years ago.

"July of '07 is when I started. And then we got super busy with all the banquets, so I just stayed," said Perez. "It's packed in here all the time, so we definitely need more people."

Nationally about half of the seasonal jobs are expected to offer full-time hours. Snagajob reported 57% of the hiring managers expect to be complete with their hiring by the end of the month, so dust off that resume and start applying.

In San Luis Obispo, Tom's Toys, the Madonna Inn and some jewelery stores are hiring as well as Target. In Paso Robles, some wine cellars, farms, Kmart and ACE Hardware are also hiring.

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