Finding the Best Holiday Job

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The holiday season is the best time to find a temporary job.

With the holiday season fast approaching, already many companies, distributors and retailers are preparing themselves for a, hopefully, busy holiday's sales season. This year,even though many companies are hiring less seasonal help than they have in previous years, they are still gearing up to add additional staff. Most of these companies are starting to add employees throughout the month of October and will be continually adding new people until the new year. In fact, when I was at a large mall in my area, each store I visited had a new employee in training. It's a great sign for anyone who is looking for a new job.

According to Forbes magazine, the biggest holiday employers will be department stores. Sears, J.C. Penny and Macys will have the most job openings across the country. Although Toys R Us and Wal-Mart are also planning to hire less seasonal staff than they did last year, they still plan to hire a large seasonal staff.

Seasonal holiday work is a great way to add a little money to your budget, especially if you have been out of work for a long period of time. Even though these jobs are temporary, many companies keep a small number of their seasonal staff after the holidays are over.

So how do you go about getting one of these jobs and putting a paycheck in your stocking? Here are some tips:

  • Be on time to the interview and to work – Because these jobs are seasonal, employers have no incentive to give warnings or work to retain you as an employee. They are looking for applicants who are flexible, willing to work wherever they are needed and who show up for work on time. If you are late or unwilling to work, more often than not, you will be replaced. On the bright side, many companies find full-time positions for seasonal employees who are especially dedicated.

  • Use your passions- Most of these temporary jobs don't require any special education or skills. Think about your hobbies and passion to find a way to do what you love. For example, if you are a wine lover, look for work in a wine shop or if you love stationery and cards, apply at a greeting card or gift shop. If you are a gamer, then check with electronics stores, game stores or toy stores. Any area you have experience in, even if it isn't formal instruction, odds are good that the company would want to hire you and you would have a job you would enjoy.

  • Remember that every day is an interview- Since many seasonal jobs can become permanent, you have to go in with the mindset that you are interviewing for a long term job each and every day. This means that there isn't a lot of room for error. You have to show that you are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to get the job done.
Not all seasonal jobs are going to be ones that you want to turn into a career, but they don't have to be miserable jobs that are just a means to an end. Look for ways to turn your hobbies and passions into fun, creative ways to earn money. Even short term jobs will give you a chance to feel productive, brush up on your skills and get back into the workforce.

Have you thought about getting a temporary job for the holidays? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

By Melissa Kennedy- Melissa is a 9 year blog veteran and a freelance writer for ManufacturingWorkersBlog and Nexxt. Along with helping others find the job of their dreams, she enjoys computer geekery, raising a teenager, supporting her local library, writing about herself in the third person and working on her next novel.

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