With the holidays just around the corner, many of us are seeking out a way to gain some extra income for holiday gifts, food, and travel expenses, which is why many are on the hunt for a seasonal job. Seasonal positions are not only beneficial to earn some extra income but also a great way to earn industry experience on your career journey. While many companies hire seasonal help for this time of the year, these positions are often competitive and the hiring process is typically immediate. Whether you want to pick up some shifts at a retail store, package delivery service, or more, we have a few tips to help you get through the process and land a position that’s a good fit for you.
- Craft Your Seasonal Resume: During this time of year, many employers are looking for customer service type employees. Those who can work well under pressure in sometimes a stressful environment, fast learners, hard workers, and those with a positive attitude. Since it’s a busy time of the year, you’ll want to showcase this on your resume so the hiring manager can easily see these skills to bring you in for an interview.
- Be Flexible: With many new seasonal employees being hired on, and schedules not set in stone, if possible, you’ll want to let the employer know that you’re flexible and willing to change your schedule sometimes even last minute. Additionally, you’ll want to be available during the holidays in some places even on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. If this is not something that will work with your current schedule or lifestyle, you may want to reconsider seeking a seasonal position as it is hard for these employers to accommodate limited schedules during this time of the year.
- Apply Early & Consider All Options: Many of these positions start hiring early in the year to secure employees and be sure there is enough time for training before the heat of the season kicks in. You’ll want to apply as early as possible for the best chances of being interviewed. You’ll also want to consider all hiring options. Holiday/seasonal positions don’t just have to be at big box stores or package handling, you also may look into community holiday events that are hiring, remote positions, or shopper services such as Shipt or Instacart. With many people traveling this time of the year you also can have the opportunity to get into pet sitting or walking through apps like Rover of Wag!.
- Be Prepared for The Interview: Almost everything during this time of the year is fast-paced, including seasonal interviews. Hiring managers are meeting with as many candidates as possible and are shortening interviews to 15 sometimes even 10 minutes. So it’s important to practice beforehand to make sure you sell yourself in a shorter than normal period.
Whether you’re looking for some extra cash or some industry experience, seasonal positions are a great way to get your foot in the door and sometimes they lead to full-time positions once the holidays are over. If you’re looking for a position now, apply early and keep your schedule clear for the best chances of getting hired.