8 Reasons to get a seasonal job

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Are you ready to unwrap the ultimate job-finding hack this holiday season? Seasonal jobs aren't just about jingling bells and colorful lights—they're your secret weapon to landing that perfect gig faster than you can say "pumpkin spice."

Sure, landing a dream job is like finding the last cookie in the jar, but let's talk turkey here—when it comes to quick cash, flexible hours, and all-around career enrichment, seasonal jobs are head start on sleighing it!

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

1. Extra cash for holiday expenses

If the holiday season wallet-ambush has you anxious, a seasonal job is a great way to make some extra cash and keep you from grinching-out. Whether you already have a full-time job and you want to work 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. Employee discounts

Don't want to wait until Christmas Day to get 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 staff for the holidays. So you can get gifts for everyone on your list–including yourself–at cheaper prices.

4. Experience for your resume

Though holiday jobs can start any time in September, October, November or December, most are over sometime in January, making 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. Breadcrumbs to that next job

A seasonal job is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door and 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 job into next spring or longer.

6. Employer test drive

A gig 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. New friends

While you work during the busy winter months, 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. References for your next job search

A seasonal job doesn’t have to be a blip in your work history: a solid reference from your seasonal gig is like having a shiny star atop your career tree. 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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