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As holiday displays go up, job seekers should be active

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- 2012 was the best season for holiday hires since 2006 and a Valley jobs expert said 2013 could be as good or better.

The holiday displays are already up in many of the stores and Theresa Maher with said that's a cue for job hunters to get to work.

"This is the perfect time to get out there and start talking with employers face-to-face," she said. "A lot of the retail positions will be at Macy's, Target and other big name companies so fill out an application and introduce yourself."

Maher said the jobs won't just be in retail. Thousands of people will be coming in to enjoy our great winter weather and the resorts will be beefing up on staff.

"Companies like The Boulders, Courtyard, Scottsdale Marriott are going to looking to ramp up for the travelers coming through," she said.

Maher said Amazon will also be hiring up to deal with the rush of online shipping. She also expects FedEx and UPS to announce job openings.

About the Author

Holliday Moore is a Phoenix native with more than 25 years experience in the local and national broadcast and media industry. A graduate of ASU's journalism program, with a second major in Marketing & Management, she considers herself one of the lucky few to be doing exactly what she loves, writing and producing news.

In 2012, she won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for a light feature radio story on snakes. For the record, snakes do not say much! She is also honored to be one of two nominees this year for a Mark Twain Award involving her series on Arizona drowning cases.

Among her career accomplishments, Moore has taken home a television Emmy for Cultural Issues Reporting on the Navajo/Hopi Partition Land Act. She has also won numerous Emmy nominations for hard, soft and even sports reporting. However, Moore considers her highest achievement was on the day she received the prestigious Walter Cronkite Political Excellence Award for developing the Scripps Television stations' Democracy 2000 & 2002 program. Bob Morford, ABC 15's News Director at the time, asked Moore to head the project with one wish, "Try not to lose ratings," he said. "We not only did not lose ratings," says Moore, "We actually improved ratings between the coveted 5:00-6:30pm news block."

"She created, designed and executed the award winning program," recalls Morford, "Her efforts brought a great deal of notice and credit to our station."

Moore loves a challenge and is an adrenaline junky by nature. She ran 400 hurdles in college and more recently half marathons to raise thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She works part time for KTAR Radio while volunteering for her young son's elementary school and running a freelance media services business.


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