Helping Seasonal Workers to Advance

Workers in the warehouse area at UncommonGoods in Sunset Park (Photo by Kadia Goba via The Bridge)

This time of year, demand for seasonal workers surges, especially in retailing. But what happens when the season ends?

At online retailer UncommonGoods, executives work hard to ensure that seasonal warehouse workers get more opportunities once the holiday retailing rush is over, writes Kadia Goba in The Bridge, a weekly covering Brooklyn business topics.

UncommonGoods, which is based in the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, makes a concerted effort to help the seasonal employees find their next jobs. Last year the company partnered with the city agency Workforce1 and the nonprofit group Brooklyn Workforce Innovations to create a job fair for departing seasonal employees. Forty staff members landed job interviews. This year, the company is planning a workshop on resumé building.

Those are some of the ways in which UncommonGoods founder and CEO Dave Bolotsky aims to foster full-time careers for the company’s seasonal workers, many of whom come from disadvantaged situations. “There are some people whose only job, each year, is working with us for the holidays–I don’t feel good about that,” he told The Bridge.

The retailer pays from $14.50 to $20 an hour, depending on the job and responsibility. For some these are gateway jobs to other positions with higher responsibility. Go to The Bridge to read how one employee who started in the shipping department transitioned to full-time work.

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