If you’re looking for work, the holiday season is a golden opportunity as employers scramble to fill thousands of short-term jobs to deal with a surge in seasonal activity. They’re an excellent way to earn extra money, to gain valuable work experience and even get a more permanent position.
A seasonal job is often a good way to get your foot in the door, and to see if a particular job is a good fit. Opportunities are varied, with retail, restaurants and delivery at the top of the list but many other jobs are available, too. Today most people start their job search online. It’s easy to find the vacancies but trickier to know what to do one you find a job you want to apply for. These five easy steps can help you on your way:
USE YOUR NETWORK
Tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a seasonal job. One of the best introductions to a job is from a current employee. Companies are more likely to trust a candidate who is introduced by someone who already works for them. If no one in your circle knows of any open positions, at the very least you’ll end up with a list of people you can use as a reference.
Don’t limit yourself to people you know. Branch out to organisations as well. A previous employer hiring seasonal help will generally be happy to take on someone who already knows the job and the work culture. You would be an asset during a busy time of year.
TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT YOUR TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
Don’t limit yourself to job titles you’ve had before. A short-term seasonal job is an excellent opportunity to try something you haven’t done before. If you don’t have experience in the particular industry you’re applying to, look at your transferable skills and make sure they’re front and centre in any job application. Do you have volunteer experience or training that’s relevant to the job? Be sure to include that, too.
MAKE SURE YOUR CV IS APPLICATION READY
Many seasonal jobs require an application rather that a CV. Don’t let that discourage you from creating a CV. Make sure it has all the information an application would require, such as dates of employment, education and volunteering experience. This way you can just copy from your CV. And don’t forget those all-important references!
Prepare for your interview. Familiarise yourself with the requirements of the job and bring all the information your potential employer will ask for, such as work and education history. Practice answering interview questions so demonstrating that you meet the job requirements becomes second nature.
Seasonal jobs are usually available for a short span of time, during a busy period. Employers need staff that can start quickly and be available to work. Hours may be long. Be flexible and willing to work the hours you may be offered for the full holiday season. Show that you are willing and able to fill in as needed.