John Challenger

Ask Kim: How do I get a job for the holiday season?

Q: What is the outlook for seasonal jobs, and how can I improve my chances of getting one?

A: Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement and executive coaching consulting firm, expects retail employers to add about 740,000 seasonal workers in the last three months of 2016. Among the big players are, which plans to hire 120,000 seasonal workers; UPS, 95,000 seasonal workers; and FedEx, 50,000 seasonal workers, according to Challenger.

Getting a seasonal job can be a great way to earn some extra money, and you may also qualify for an employee discount or get your foot in the door for a new career. These key moves can help you...