As much as this time of year takes a deep dive into people’s wallets, it also offers them a chance to replenish the things. That’s thanks to the inflation to their employment rolls in which companies engage to address the seasonal rush.
And it’s a good thing, too.
A seasonal job can furnish you with new skills, networking opportunities, fresh references, and the ability to evaluate a company and work environment inside a temporary environment. Better still, seasonal work gives you a seasonal cash injection and it may well blossom into full-time employment.
Here is some ho-ho-holiday help for finding temporary work over the next festive stretch.
- Troll the Internet. Social media is an excellent means of keeping an ear to the ground about seasonal opportunities. Be sure to “like” and follow desirable employers on Facebook and Twitter to catch wind of their hiring plans.
- Give ’em what they’re looking for. Because seasonal work is necessarily constrained by a window of time characterized by a rush of busy-ness, it’s critical to represent yourself as a quick learner who’s good under pressure. Punch up the parts of your resume that highlight that stuff and brush up on your abilities to convey these skills effectively in a quick-hit interview — probably the best you’ll get in a company’s hiring flurry.
- Seek jobs that align with your career aspirations. While landing a job is your first priority, wouldn’t it be better still if you could find one in your ultimate field of employment? Let the hiring manager know up front you’re interested in permanent work — it’ll set you apart from other candidates.
- Arrive at the interview prepared. You’ll be more likely to win the job if you show up with a working knowledge about the company and its products. So have a thorough scour of its website — with a particular focus on any recent announcements about the place — before presenting yourself in the flesh.
- Look beyond the usual culprits. While retail and restaurant work still dominates the seasonal job market, there are lots of seasonal opportunities beyond those walls. Think delivery services, merchandisers, snow removers, winter recreation centres, transportation, the post office and supermarkets.
- Remember remote seasonal options. Not every job that crops up during this time requires your on-site presence. Some employers also light a fire under their virtual requirements, which means you might be able to secure work you can do from home. Companies could need to bulk up their customer service reps, for example, to help holiday shoppers and travelers navigate the season.
- Forget the discount. Yes, seasonal employment might score you a break on a company’s products, but recruiters will be turned off by a candidate who hones in on this perk of his potential employment with them.
- Stay on the seasonal track after it ends. So-called “seasonal hiring” is about more than Christmas. If you live near a ski hill, you can expect a boost in work till at least late March. And tax season is an employment entity unto itself, so be sure to knock on the doors of a few tax preparers while you’re in job-seeking mode.
Broadly speaking, retailers and restaurants look to ramp up staffing by about 15 percent between late November and early January. Getting a piece of this (mincemeat) pie is easy for folks who arm themselves appropriately and operate proactively.