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Employers looking for extra help this holiday season

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Employers in the area say they've had the holiday shopping season on their brain since summer, and now they're looking for extra help for the holidays.

The holiday merchandise is already out at Fiddle Stix in Levis Commons, and the owner says she started preparing even earlier this year.

"We actually already did our holiday hiring in September," said Jenelle Calverley.

Seven additional employees were hired for the season, and Calverley says business has been busier earlier than expected this year.

"With Thanksgiving being a little later this year, hopefully people are going to start shopping earlier, but yes, Black Friday is always a big crowd pleaser," she said.

While the stores prepare for big crowds, those looking for work are hitting the pavement.

"The last couple of days, I've been at the Franklin Park Mall, just beating the heap," said Timothy Billings, who is looking for a job.

Employees at the Source in Toledo say now is the time to capitalize on the available jobs.

"Holiday jobs are already good because it's a little extra income," said Michael Veh from the Source. "If you're out of work right now, it fills the gap on your resume. You'll have some good temporary stuff to put in there and, in a lot of cases, temporary jobs can turn into full-time jobs."

Employers say you can stand out from the crowd if you follow up on your application.

"We're hearing from a lot of employers that they will contact someone for interviews, and then they don't come," Veh said.

That's a huge mistake that employers say could be the difference between landing the job and never getting a call back.

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