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Seasonal hiring is hitting a fever pitch, and that can be good news for both the unemployed and recruiters seeking job orders.

According to some recent articles from Forbes on msnbc.com, retailers are expecting a better Christmas season, which is creating numerous seasonal opportunities. And not all of them are in retail. For instance, UPS is planning to hire 50,000 temporary workers through the end of December, and its shipping competitor, FedEx, is also adding seasonal help.

While these jobs may sound like only a temporary stop-gap, they can be a God-send to those who have been out of work for a long period of time. First, many of these jobs provide the opportunity for overtime, which can boost employees’ income, even if it’s just for a couple of months. Also, they allow workers to get their foot in the door for a possible full-time position. In fact, a representative from UPS told Forbes on msnbc.com that they view their seasonal jobs as “auditions” and often offer full-time positions to the seasonal workers they like.

You too can cash in on these seasonal positions by offering clients contractors to help them get through their busy seasons. Because you get paid for every hour your contractors work, you can boost your own income. Plus, if the client decides to transition the contractor to a full-time employee, you can earn a conversion fee for the placement.

Remember, seasonal work is not limited to retail. There are many businesses and industries that also see a spike in business near the end of the year. To find out which clients need additional help this season, all you have to do is ask!

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