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By Ashley Fidel
The holiday season brings a huge
surge of seasonal job opportunities.
While we usually associate seasonal
jobs with traditional retailers (e.g.
department stores), other high-
demand industries such as restau-
rants, travel, event management, and
e-commerce also increase temporary
hiring during the holiday season.
What does this mean for you? Sea-
sonal jobs offer a win-win opportunity
to try out a new company or industry
on a short-term basis while providing
much-needed income during the hol-
To decide whether or not a seasonal job
is right for you, here are a few common
pros and cons of temporary employment.
If you're straight out of college or strug-
gling to fill your resume, adding a seasonal
job is a great way to show additional job
experience. Alternatively, if you're looking
to switch industries, but have no experience
in your new field, adding a seasonal job
can help bridge the gap.
If this is what you're going for, try to
land a seasonal job at a big-name company
in your new field---even though your role
is seasonal, that experience on your resume
can impress potential full-time employ-
ers. For example, if you're interested in
a full-time customer service role, a seasonal
retail job at a company known for out-
standing service will stand out on your
resume. Similarly, if you're looking to
switch into an operations role, seasonal
jobs with logistics leaders, even if they are
basic retail or warehouse roles, can really
help you shine.
You'll Test Out a New Company
View a seasonal job like an internship
opportunity: It gives you a rare inside
glimpse into how a company actually oper-
ates---and a chance to test-drive it, rela-
tively risk free. If you love the job, great!
You have a foot in the door to pursue full-
time opportunities. If not? Well, you have
an out at the end of the season.
While you're working, try to pick up on
the company structure, goals, and culture,
and see if they're the right fit for you.
When you're not on the clock, don't be
shy about reaching out to full-time
employees to ask them about their expe-
rience and day-to-day job. This, coupled
with your on-the-job experience, can give
you a great idea of what a role with the
company would really be like. On that
Hello, Full-Time Job Opportunities!
From an employer perspective, hiring
full-time employees from seasonal staff
is ideal. In the same way you get to try
out a company, an employer also gets to
see just how well you'd fit in. For example,
I managed a large seasonal retail staff last
summer and continually made mental
notes on who stood out. As the season
came to an end, I met with other hiring
managers to make recommendations on
which of my employees were right for
long-term roles. After working closely with
these employees for months, my feedback
became more valuable than any resume
or cover letter, and all of my recommended
candidates were hired for full-time roles.
If getting a full-time job is your goal
for your seasonal job experience, put your
best foot forward every day. Arriving five
minutes early, dressing professionally, offer-
ing to help others, and finishing your work
quickly and carefully are a few ways to
help you get noticed by management.
Finally, if you are interested in a full-time
job at the company, the most important
thing is mentioning your interest directly
to your manager---you want to stay top of
mind when the company is considering
candidates for full-time roles.
Due to the temporary nature of the sea-
sonal jobs, employers often don't want to
invest in extensive training or development
for their short-term employees. In fact,
the training you receive on your first
day may be the only training you receive
throughout your employment! And with-
out a lot of training, job tasks for seasonal
roles tend to be basic and even repetitive.
So, be realistic with yourself about the
day-to-day tasks of your seasonal job, and
ask yourself if you can stay positive and
motivated throughout your employment.
If you think that training and adding new
skills may be more valuable to your full-
time job search than adding another com-
pany to your resume, consider spending
your time on activities that will help you
gain those new skills, like taking a class,
instead of a taking on a seasonal job with
Disappearing Free Time
If you have a more flexible schedule,
expect your temporary employer to ask
you to work full-time---or even more. It's
likely that your seasonal job will conflict
with holiday parties and your holiday travel
plans, so be sure to understand the com-
mitment level expected by your seasonal
employer before accepting a job.
Most importantly---if you are unem-
ployed and looking for full-time roles, be
careful to consider how a seasonal job may
impact your job hunt. Writing cover letters,
networking, and interviewing are all very
time-consuming, but critical, steps in
landing a full-time job. If getting a per-
manent job is your top priority, make sure
that that your seasonal job doesn't overload
your schedule and slow down your search.
Low Wages, No Benefits
Seasonal jobs are not known for their
huge paychecks or impressive perks. Full-
time employee benefits (health insurance,
retirement) will definitely not be offered
in seasonal roles, and other perks (company
discounts, company outings) may also not
apply. For a short-term gig, that might be
fine, but if these perks and benefits are
important to you, ask your employer about
them before signing on the dotted line.
All in all, a seasonal job can be the per-
fect opportunity to make career advance-
ments in a short period of time while
padding your wallet---just make sure it's
the right fit for you and your goals. If you
decide a seasonal job is right for you, start
checking company career pages and job
websites. Happy holiday job hunting!
View a seasonal
job like an internship
opportunity: It gives
you a rare inside
glimpse into how a
chance to test-drive
it, relatively risk free.
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