It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…for Employment

Since it is officially December, I can start talking about the holidays, right? Once you make the trip back home for the long break, what are you going to do once you get tired of watching hours of TV and taking afternoon naps? Have you considered finding seasonal employment to fill your time and bring in some extra money? Retailers collect anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of their year’s sales during holiday season, so they will take all the extra help they can get.

According to the National Retail Federation, anywhere from 720,000 to 780,000 people will be hired into seasonal employment positions. College students are perfect for these positions because of our extended holiday breaks. Not only would you be collecting some extra money, but also adding to your resume. Who knows, maybe this position can help you get your foot in the door to future internships or employment opportunities.

Your best bet for locating these seasonal jobs would be by searching online. Look up retailers that are popular and doing well. These places are more likely to need the extra help, and there’s a good chance you can submit an application right away online. Also realize that by indicating your interest in working during less popular shifts, you will gain a leg-up on the other applicants. Yeah, that might mean that you are working at some inconvenient times, but if it gets you the job-it’s well worth it!

 After you apply to a position, go ahead and introduce yourself as an applicant to the manager at the business. Giving a face to the name will help create a lasting impression on the employer, and express your genuine interest in the job.

During these busy final weeks of the semester, it may seem like a burden to work through your break, but the experiences and financial assistance you gain will be worth every minute. Start your seasonal employment search today because the holidays are coming up quick!

For more tips about seasonal employment, read Elizabeth Hoyt’s article by clicking this link.