Seasonal employment is a great way to make some quick cash, and the National Retail Federation predicts that retailers will add between 585,000 and 625,000 seasonal workers this year. Because of high unemployment, there will be stiff competition to land these jobs, but the following tips will help you both find a seasonal job and successfully land one. First up though: why get a seasonal job?
The Benefits Of Getting a Seasonal Job
In addition to earning extra money for the holidays or to pay off some bills, there are any number of possible perks to getting a seasonal job, including:
-Flexibility in scheduling. Even if you can only work a few odd hours a week, chances are that you’ll be able to find an employer looking to fill the same hours.
-Try before you “buy”. Seasonal employment lets you try out a new potential career without having to commit to it. If you’re uncertain about a new career direction, try it out for a couple of months and see if it fits.
-Get your foot in the door. Seasonal employment may well be a gateway to part-time or full-time employment after the holidays. If you excel at the job, management will notice and you’ll shoot to the top of the hiring list.[adrotate group="2"]
-Get references. Even if the seasonal job does not lead to more long-term employment after the holidays, it can still be a valuable source for references for your post-holiday job hunting.
-Employee discounts. Working at some retailers can save you considerably on their merchandise if they offer employee discounts.
-Make new friends. Who doesn’t need new friends? Working alongside a new group of people could lead to new long-time friendships (or more).
Other possible perks to consider that will vary greatly depending on who your seasonal employer is:
-Free or reduced housing. You’ll find this a lot at some ski resorts, camps, and amusement parks like Disney World.
-Complimentary meals. Think restaurants. Every restaurant I’ve ever worked at has offered either free or reduced meals with every shift you work. You can save a lot on food this way.
-Insurance. Less likely for seasonal employment, but worth looking into.
-Tuition reimbursement/college credit. See above.
-Other freebies. Again, this will vary a lot depending on where you’re working. One example here: free lift tickets if you work for a ski resort.