Some might view this time of year as the worst time to be looking for a job, but maybe a temporary or seasonal job can help you pick up the pieces and get back into that workforce kicking. You can make a lot of money this holiday season. Here are some tips of where to look and how to fit the mold of the typical seasonal employee.
The retail sector typically grows this time of year, so retail stores are an obvious place to begin looking for a seasonal job. Some of those stores might be your Macy’s, Toys R Us or Target for example. Some Houston area boutiques might be hiring as well, so check your local listings and get cracking. Besides making holiday cash, or perhaps extending your unemployment, a big perk for working a seasonal job is the discounts you can earn while shopping for your own holiday gifts. Discounts probably range from 10% to 30% off for a seasonal employee – that’s some huge savings!
One thing to remember: since unemployment is so high, the competition for seasonal jobs will be tight. Start early and take the process as seriously as you would for a full-time job. For a better chance at getting the job you want, be flexible about the hours and shifts you’re willing to work. After all having a job a not so ideal schedule with is better than not having a job at all.
Adding a seasonal job to your life can be energizing but also stressful. Make sure you know what you’re getting into and that the job you take will help you meet your goals. Remember that temporary/ seasonal jobs can be the connection you need to cross over into that more permanent or full-time job. Once you get a seasonal job that suits you, demonstrate your value to the company while you can. Your employer may find a way to retain you full time and that would be the best holiday gift of all.