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Ask Kim: Strategies to land a job for the holidays

Q: I'd like to get a part-time job during the holidays to earn some extra money. What's the best time to apply?

A: You should apply as soon as possible. A survey by CareerBuilder found that more than one-third of employers plan to accept applications through October and another one-fourth through November. Here are some other strategies that will help you get hired:

1. Look beyond sales. Retailers have many other jobs available. Toys "R" Us, for example, will bring in stock crew and operations staff, full-time and part-time warehouse workers, department managers, and online fulfillment coordinators. Amazon is planning to hire 100,000 seasonal employees for its...