Tips for landing a holiday job
The holidays are quickly approaching and if you’re looking for work, or have a job and want another part-time gig, now is a great time to start looking.
Career experts say the fall and winter seasons are the best times to look for a job because of ongoing company gatherings and parties (which add jobs in the hospitality industry), the fact that other jobseekers may be taking a break from applying, and because people are more generous this time of year.
There are a ton of industries that may be looking for employees now to plan for the upcoming holiday season. Whether it’s a job at a pumpkin patch before Halloween, a retail job once the holiday sales begin, or a job at a catering company, there are a variety of industries that will see an increase of hiring soon.
Monster.com spoke with career experts and listed out some ways to gain an edge in the job hunt this time of year. While it’s never too late to apply, workplace expert Vickie Seitner told Monster.com that she recommends to start applying about 2-4 weeks prior to the season they want to work in.
Here are some other tips to keep in mind:
1. Show that you can work well during the holiday rush. The holidays are a busy time of year, so you should demonstrate that you’re able to multi-task without stressing out, handle different duties, and provide excellent customer service. Experts say this is the time companies try to financially make up for the slower periods of the rest of the year, so they’re looking for the most valuable workers.
2. Flexibility is key. Many companies are looking for employees who can work at night and on weekends, so flexibility is very important. Don’t tell the employer during the interview that you can work odd hours, and then refuse to do so once the time comes. “A lot of companies run longer hours and you need to be ready to happily accept a request to work more, switch shifts and pick up extra hours.”
3. Get ahead of the game. Call back the managers of places where you’ve applied and haven’t heard anything back to show that you’re proactive. Also, don’t wait until the last minute to apply; if you already have an idea about where you want to work, contact the managers ahead of the hiring season to form a relationship with them.