Polish your resume, polish your smile and polish your shoes. If you're in the market for extra cash, or a new career, three major shore shopping centers are about to start hiring for the end-of-year holidays and beyond.

Ocean County Mall

It all starts Saturday, September 24, at the Ocean County Mall, Hooper Avenue in Toms River. The Holiday Job Fair, co-sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, starts at 12 Noon and runs until 3 PM at center court.

Shopkeepers from 25 retailers are looking for managers, cashiers, sales associates, stock clerks, security personnel, counter and table help, and many more positions.

Unlike the typical method of e-mailing resumes with little or no response, your prospective new bosses will take a hard copy of your resume face-to-face.

A winning attitude to go with that impressive resume, along with a business-casual-or-better appearance, goes a long way.

Hours are flexible, and if you need more incentive, you can save money on your own holiday shopping through employee discounts.

Most positions are aimed at individuals age 18 and up, but Christine Karaska at the Department of Labor says that there are a limited number of them for 16- and 17-year-olds. Be sure to bring two forms of identification, at least one with a photo, and a pen.

Stores taking part include: Aldo, Auntie Anne's, Boscov's, Build-a-Bear, Claire's, Icing, Express, Famous Footwear, Francesca's Collection, Gamestop I and II, J.C. Penney, Justice, Kay Jewelers, Macy's, Old Navy, Pandora, Picture People, Piercing Pagoda, Rita's Italian Ice, Sears, Swarovski, Things Remembered, The Walking Company, and Venzio Jewelers.

Learn more at 732-244-8200, or 732-793-5060.

Simon Outlets

The Jackson Premium Outlets steps to the plate with its Fall Open House, September 29, 4 until 7 PM. The Jersey Shore Premium Outlets follows with its Fall Job Fair, October 4, 12 Noon until 5 PM.

Jackson Premium Outlets (courtesy Simon Properties)

The Jackson Premium Outlets' street address is 537 Monmouth Road (Route 537), near Exit 16 of Route 195, with an additional entrance off Route 571. The Jersey Shore Outlets's street address is 1 Premium Outlet Boulevard, just off Route 66.

Marketing and business director Lindsey Peltak says there are full-time, part-time and seasonal spots to be won, with dozens of merchants hiring.

As always, dress appropriate for a positive first impression is an asset, along with an upbeat outlook and a quick, cogent answer to the question, "Why should we hire you?"

Job-seekers can see the full list of participating merchants and other essential details at the Guest Services centers, in the food courts of both. From there, go directly to the shops, complete applications, and in many cases, be interviewed on the spot.

Stores taking part at the Jackson Premium Outlets include Ann Taylor Factory, Brooks Brothers, Gap Factory Store, Kay Jewelers Outlet, Lane Bryant, Loft Outlet, Maidenform, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Swarovski, Tommy Hilfiger, Wilson Leather, Yankee Candle, and several more.

Jersey Shore Premium Outlets (courtesy Simon Properties)

Participating merchants at the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets include American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor Factory Store, ASICS, Banana Republic Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Carter's, Coach, Geox, Jockey, Kate Spade, Levi's Outlet Store, Nautica, New York & Company Outlets, Nike Factory Store, Skechers, Sperry Topsider, Sunglass Hut, True Religion Jeans, Ugg Australia, Van Heusen, Wilsons Leather, Yankee Candle, and more.

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