‘Tis the season! 4 tips to find your perfect holiday job

  • finding jobs
  • August 31, 2016
There are several things you can always count on when the calendar turns to September — kids back in school, football season kicking off and the return of pumpkin-spice everything. But most importantly for job seekers, this is also the time of year that businesses start hiring thousands of extra employees for the busy holiday season. 

This season’s holiday hiring forecast — which is based on current market trends — is expected to be released in a few weeks. However, in 2015 the National Retail Federation predicted retailers would fill up to 750,000 new seasonal positions to help handle the holiday rush. So it’s safe to assume there will be plenty of opportunities for job seekers looking to make a few extra bucks in time for the holidays.

Follow these four simple tips and you’ll be on your way to finding a seasonal job.

Start searching now

Businesses usually begin posting their seasonal jobs toward the end of summer. This means if you haven’t started searching for a holiday job yet, you should begin looking soon. Even if the job doesn’t begin for several weeks, hiring managers will want to fill these positions quickly. If you wait too long you’ll likely miss out on the best opportunities.

Be flexible

Most seasonal jobs can involve anything from working on the store floor to stocking shelves in a distribution center. You’ll have a greater chance of landing a holiday position if you aren’t picky about where or what you are doing.

The same goes for your schedule. Hiring managers are looking for someone who is available to work flexible hours. Keep in mind, as the holidays get closer businesses may operate on extended hours (with some stores remaining open for days at a time).

Think outside the “big-box”

If retail jobs aren’t for you, there are plenty of other unique opportunities available if you know where to look. For instance, shipping companies always bring on thousands of extra workers to help handle the holiday rush. Christmas tree farms and ski or beach resorts will also typically hire extra staff for the end of the year.

Staffing agencies like Randstad are another great resource for holiday job seekers. Consultants have close relationships with organizations across the country and may have access to available positions before they are posted on job boards.

Be realistic

If you are looking for a seasonal job, it’s important to remember this will likely be a part-time position that will only last for a few months. However, there is always a chance you could be offered a full-time job after the holidays. Show your bosses how valuable you are by doing your job well with little direct supervision while maintaining a positive attitude about your work. 

Don’t be upset if you aren’t offered a full-time position. Take the experience you gained and use it to make yourself a stronger job candidate for your next opportunity.

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