Jobs, 'Tis the Season
Jobs, jobs, jobs! ‘Tis the season for jobs.
Everywhere I go I see “hiring” signs. According to a survey by CareerBuilder, “45% of [employers] planning to hire seasonal employees” are planning to do most of their hiring by October. Keep in mind that finding seasonal employment does not necessarily mean temporary. “Consider that those who land seasonal jobs may ultimately find opportunities that extend beyond the Christmas season.” According to the survey, 40% of employers planning to hire for the holiday season will actually hire some permanent, full-time positions.
Remember that the same rules apply for the interview process as with any other job. Prepare for the interview. Be at least 10 minutes early. Show interest in the position with knowledge of the company. Lack of enthusiasm can mean no job, so don’t waste your time and theirs.
Although many seasonal jobs will most likely involve customer service, there are also catering and delivery jobs. If you are looking to get your foot in the door, this is a great opportunity. Even if you don’t get hired permanently after the holiday season, showing up to work on time and working hard can get you a recommendation for your next job move. You definitely want to stay on good terms so that you can get a referral; it’s one step in the right direction.
According to Uniting Ambition, December is also a great time to look for a permanent job. “89% of recruiters, for example, say that the number of jobs posted throughout the festive season either increases or stays at the same level as other times of the year.” Office work is slower and a perfect time to get away for an interview. Employers also have a higher online presence, increasing your potential to connect with business contacts. For many companies, the beginning of the year means managers will be working on their upcoming budget and the position they’d like to fill.
While others are going to Christmas parties and doing their Christmas shopping, take advantage of the job search. Write your career goals, update your resume, and take opportunities to network. Beginning the job search early can mean that you hit the highest hiring period of the year, which is January and February. A new year can mean a new career for you!
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