Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Top Eight Reasons to Get a Seasonal Job

the sexy santa assistants were there to take a...Image via WikipediaThe holiday season will be arriving soon and with money in short supply it's just what the doctor ordered. You may of been out of work for a while, this is a good time to get your foot in the door and maybe turn it into a permanent job. Sure it's only September but companies are now hiring for the up coming season. Don't be shut out, start looking today. 

You may already have a job, but having a seasonal job has many benefits. 

Here are eight reasons why a seasonal job might be a good idea.

  1. Make money for the holidays. Whether you already have a full-time job and you want to work part-time to supplement your income, or you just need extra money for gifts, you’ll definitely have more green in your wallet after your first paycheck of the season.
  2. Flexible scheduling. Are you a student on winter break? A parent who has to watch your kids now that school is out? Holiday jobs offer a variety of scheduling options, and because stores and restaurants are open later, there’s bound to be a shift that fits your needs.
  3. Get a great discount. Don’t want to wait until Christmas Day to wear that sweater you've had your eye on all season? Many companies offer their workers employee discounts on merchandise, even if they’re only on the staff for the holidays. So you can get gifts for everyone on your list—including yourself—at cheaper prices.
  4. Learn a lot in a few weeks. Though holiday jobs can start anytime in October, November or December, most are over sometime in January, making seasonal employment a great way to test the skills you already have, as well as pick up some new ones to use in your next job search.
  5. Find your next job. A seasonal job is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door and make a good impression, which can turn into part-time or full-time work after the holidays. Some employers ask superstar seasonal workers to remain on the staff once the holidays are over, so if you do your best, you could have a spring and summer job as well.
  6. Test drive a new job. A part-time job during the holidays allows you to try out a job you're interested in to decide whether or not it's really right for you. Whether you end up loving or hating it, your pockets will be fuller either way.
  7. Make new friends. Most businesses are fully staffed during the busy winter months, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to meet new people and bond with coworkers. Suggest a company Secret Santa drawing and you could even get yourself an extra gift.
  8. Get a reference for your next job search. When the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over, ask your boss if he or she would be a reference for you when it comes time to search for summer jobs.

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