You may be thinking, “Kim, seriously, it’s not even Halloween yet; why would I be thinking about a job during the holiday season?”. Valid point, but I can tell you that employers are already starting to look for holiday help.
Retailers, restaurants, hospitality and delivery services (and don’t forget about mall Santas and elves!) will all be hiring extra seasonal help this year, and by getting an early start you can really stand out and get noticed. Many employers will be increasing their workforce this holiday season – and they begin right now in September. This way, you can relax come November when the mad dash for seasonal employment happens.
If you had a job this summer, contact your old employer to check and see if they need any holiday help. Even if the position was seasonal (lifeguard, beach attendant, etc.) they may have another business they are linked to, which needs seasonal holiday employees.
Keep in mind that availability is important to employers. It’s tempting to want to spend your weekends skiing with your friends, but by having an open schedule it will make it easier for them to hire you. Who knows, working on Black Friday could actually make for pretty interesting people watching!
While the job may only last a few months, this is a great opportunity to boost your resume by gaining experience and adding references. In addition, you’ll be making valuable contacts who can help when you’re searching for another job.
So, think about all the reasons to get a job this season – money for gifts and celebrating, resume material, valuable connections, something to fight boredom – and wrap up your holiday job search early, before they’re all taken!