What do I want this holiday season? A job!

Each year, the US holiday season is preceded by a boost in hiring among retailers and package shippers. Considering the changing state of the job market, we wondered how this year’s holiday hiring season compared to last year’s.

Below are rankings of the top holiday keywords and companies in October 2009 and the changes since a year ago. Against a backdrop of overall hiring decline, rising keywords include Sales Associate, Cosmetics and Stock Room.

Rising companies are shown below and include AT&T and UPS, both of which moved up four positions since last year.

We hope this information will help you focus on holiday opportunities that are still showing promise. If you’re looking for holiday-related work this season, explore the links above and try other keywords with our Job Trends. Also, don’t forget to use our Salary Search to prepare for your interviews.