It may seem a bit early to start focusing on the holiday season, but if you are looking to secure a seasonal job in the coming months, it’s time to get moving. Most companies start hiring months in advance, and if you wait until spooky skeletons have been replaced by boughs of holly, it will be too late. Here are four tips that will help you find your seasonal job:
Know What You Want To Do
Seasonal jobs offer a plethora of options for those looking to make a little extra money. While brick and mortar companies like to beef up their on-site sales staff during the holiday, there are plenty of other jobs available behind the scenes as well. These jobs may include packing and shipping, customer care, and online services, just to name a few. Since finding a job is easier when you focus your search, it’s best to begin with an idea of the type of jobs you want, as well as the types of jobs you don’t. This way you’re not wasting time applying and interviewing for work you’ll likely pass up anyway.
Search with Your Schedule in Mind
During the holidays you may not have the type of schedule that will work for a 9-5 job. You may also be dealing with school, family, or even another job. Luckily, seasonal jobs tend to run the gamut in terms of availability. Thanks to increased demand during the season, hours are more flexible, meaning that you should be able to find morning, evening, and even overnight shifts.
Look For Job Fairs/ Hiring Events
Filling a job through traditional means takes time, something companies are running short on during the holiday season. With this in mind, they tend to do their hiring in bulk using Job Fairs and other hiring events that allow interviews to be done on site. If you find that you’ve missed one of these big events, don’t worry; companies will still continue their hiring as the season goes on.
For the holidays, businesses often use staffing companies to fill a large number of openings, so it’s always good to check with your local AppleOne office to see what we have available.
Don’t Just Think Short-Term…
Companies love to hire from within. Why? A big reason is that hiring and onboarding a new employee is expensive; according to our SCALE, the average cost can be north of $20k. Over the course of the holidays, seasonal employees become part of a company’s workforce, and thus become attractive candidates for Hiring Managers who may also have full-time openings. Thus, seasonal employment is a great way to get your foot in the door with a company you’d like a longer term relationship with. Many companies actually hire holiday staff with this in mind, so don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm for the company during your interview.