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Tips for Landing a Holiday Job

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christmas jobIf you are looking for ways to make a little extra money, you might consider looking for a holiday job. Many companies hire extra help for the holidays, and you could be one of those they can turn to in order to help them meet the demands of the holiday season.

Last year saw an increase in holiday spending, and there are hopes that the economy — or at least personal financial situations — have improved enough to encourage a solid holiday shopping season. That means that you could find yourself a temporary job. If you are looking, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Start early: Now is the time to apply. Get your application as soon as possible so that companies know you are available.
  • Apply to several places: Don’t limit yourself to one or two stores. Applications will be pouring in, so you will need to increase your chances of being hired somewhere.
  • Show flexibility: In order to land a seasonal temporary job, you often have to be flexible. Can you work late nights or early mornings? Can you come in during swing shifts? Show some flexibility, and you will be far more likely to land a seasonable job.

Where to Look for Holiday Jobs

While the most obvious choices are major retailers and department stores, there are plenty of other types of businesses hiring during the holiday rush. Caterers often hire to help with an influx of orders for holiday entertaining. Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, might also hire, since many people go out more during this time of year. Also look at local shipping and delivery companies, and even some manufacturers. If there are factories in your town, they might be hiring temporary help. Call centers might also be looking for additional help this time of year.

In some cases, it might be wise to sign up with a temp agency. Many businesses go through companies like SOS Staffing and Kelly Services to help them fill temporary and holiday positions. You really do have to be flexible, though, since you want to be able to come in when you are asked. In some cases, the assignment might only be for a day, but in other cases, you might actually be able to get a longer-term assignment.

Classifieds are also good places to look for seasonal and holiday work. Your local paper, or your local online Classifieds can be great places to start your holiday job search. Don’t forget to check local listings on Craigslist. Keep your ears open, and let people in your network know that you are looking. In some cases, who you know can help you get a foot in the door.

Remember that, sometimes, holiday work can turn into long-term employment. Make sure you carefully consider your options, and that you are truly ready for a holiday job. Working during the holiday season can be tough — draining emotionally and physically. Make sure you are ready for the strain that it can place on other areas of your life, even if you will be improving your financial situation.

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