Holiday festivities may look a little different this year in the midst of the pandemic, but two things are for certain: gifts will still be exchanged and smaller celebrations will still happen at home. The height of the shopping season is rapidly approaching, and customers are already purchasing gifts for the people on their lists. In fact, Amazon’s annual sales holiday, Prime Day, which usually happens in July, was moved to October 13-14 and is expected to be the new holiday shopping season kickoff.
As a business owner, you may need additional help to get you through this busy season. Whether you need more help hanging holiday decorations, restocking shelves, fulfilling orders, or delivering orders to customers waiting in their cars, your local Nextdoor community can be a source of help.
Using Business Posts, share the specifics of your hiring needs with the entire Nextdoor neighborhood. The neighborhoods closest to your business could be full of great candidates who can conveniently get to your storefront or service area. Describe the responsibilities and any required qualifications associated with the role(s) in which you are hiring, as well as any perks that come with being a seasonal employee at your business.
COVID-19 Tip: Any potential employees will want to stay healthy this holiday season, too. In your Business Post, share a brief description of what your business is doing to keep employees safe.
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- Many college students, for example, have an extended break during the holidays, and this year, they may already be living at home due to campus closures. Without the responsibility of schoolwork during the break, it’s a great time for these students to earn some extra money, and an opportunity for you to hire some seasonal help from neighbors who will only be available for the exact time you need them.
- There may also be local residents available full-time who would like to make some extra money during the holiday season, and can fill in for the shifts for which you need an extra pair of hands – and on a last minute basis.
- If there are specific shift times or dates that you’ll need these workers to be available, be sure to include them in your Business Post. Then, succinctly outline the application and hiring process, and link to any applications or websites through which they should apply. Include a contact name and phone number in case anyone has questions.
Once you create your Business Post, stay close to your phone and/or check your Nextdoor messages often as neighbors may contact you with questions. Since you’re hiring workers for a temporary period, you’ll want to make sure you have enough time to interview candidates and then train them prior to their first shift, when you really need their help.
Hiring from your local community not only benefits you, the business owner, but also reciprocates the support that you receive from the community year round. Data shows that for every dollar spent at small businesses in the U.S, approximately 67 cents stays local. You’re likely to make some new friends and earn some new customers in the process!
Claim your free Business Page today to start using Business Posts to reach your local community.
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