I shared briefly about how stay at home moms can re-enter or enter the work force with seasonal work, but what if you want to turn seasonal work into permanent work? For that matter, if you’re feeling weary about looking for seasonal work, where do you start? How do you convince this potential employee that they should choose you- no matter what. Today, I want to share some tips for landing that seasonal position and I’ll also talk about how you can potentially turn that seasonal position into a permanent position. Whether you go full or part time is obviously up to you and your employer, but at least you’ll have that window of opportunity open to you.
7 Tips for Finding Seasonal Work
Strategize and Be Flexible
Apply for multiple positions and not just one or two jobs. Your ability to work in the evenings, on weekends and holidays will help you land a seasonal job. Remember to tailor your resume in such a way that it will catch the attention of the employer by highlighting any past experience that is related to the position you are applying for. That means if you are applying for a customer service position, you should highlight your past experience in customer service.
Have a Can-Do Attitude
It is worth noting that employers have plenty to choose from among the applications that are submitted for seasonal jobs. A cheerful smile, positive attitude and enthusiasm will help you stand out from the rest and quickly snag that job. A recent study of hiring managers has showed that 3 out of 10 applicants felt that a positive attitude is an important trait for any applicant to succeed.
Start Sending Applications Early
If you are looking for seasonal work during the summer, send your applications at the start of spring. There are many retail stores that recruit part-time employees to work for them during Christmas holiday and most of them start to recruit as early as September. Remember the more you delay to apply for a position, the harder it becomes to get a part-time job due to stiff competition.
If you are given a specific date when a company intends to start recruiting for seasonal jobs, make sure to come back when the dates are closer to that time. If you learn that certain positions may be advertised at a later date, call regularly to avoid missing out on a fleeting opportunity.
Look for Retailers That Are Busy at That Particular Time
Sometimes seasonal retail jobs can be intense because there are many people who apply for these jobs. In order to increase your chances of finding seasonal work, explore the available opportunities in various discount retailers.
Respect Any Job You Get
It’s important to treat your seasonal work with respect even if it does not match with your career goals. Remember that it’s providing you with a steady cash flow in the meantime. Maybe this position could end up being your permanent job if that is what you need at the moment.
Treat your application for seasonal jobs in the same way you would when applying for a full-time job. This is because competition is so intense for these part-time jobs. Dress appropriately and be on time for your appointment, and behave professionally.
A survey has shown that between 20% and 50% of the total annual sales of retail stores are realized during the holidays and many retailers hire additional staff during these periods. Seasonal jobs will also help you to add more key information to your resume. This job can give a job seeker a head start and even help him or her to decide the sort of career path to pursue in future.
5 Tips for How to Turn Seasonal Work into Permanent Work
Landing a seasonal job can be a great opportunity for a currently unemployed individual, college student, stay at home mom or dad- or maybe someone who’s looking to land their first job. One of the aspects of seasonal work is the opportunity to turn the part-time employment into a full-time position. For the unemployed, seasonal work is a fantastic opportunity to have a steady cash flow while looking for ways to turn it into a permanent employment.
It is important to note that seasonal jobs come to an end when the holiday season ends- it could be sooner or it could be later depending on the employer. Should you fall in love with this job, you may be able to turn it into a full-time position. However, bear in mind that long-term positions are very competitive since most companies only retain 10 percent of their seasonal workers.
Below are potential ways that can help you turn that seasonal job into a permanent position.
You Need to Prove Your Worth
This might sound like a no-brainer to you, but you should be able to demonstrate your positive impact to the company in order to be recognized. If possible, you can point out your creative ideas or suggestions that you made to help reduce the costs. Employers are keen to note those skills that have impact on profits.
It goes without saying that you should always be on time, honest and reliable in your part-time employment so that your manager can see your benefit to the company. If you are going to run late for work, make a call as soon as you know so that the company can get someone else to replace you. When they ask for people who are willing to stay late, if you can manage it- do it.
But, on the other hand, don’t be too overzealous in your attempt to stand out. Yes, you want to distinguish yourself but make sure you’re not doing it in an overly obnoxious way.
Use Your Networking Prowess
This is the best opportunity for you to make friends. Getting a seasonal job show that you are ready to work and therefore it’s important to introduce yourself to the managers and other decision makers. Remember to dress professionally and stay positive; demonstrate your interest in the job, fellow employees and the company. Having said that, avoid being seen as a brown-nosing person and just focus on making yourself known for positive influence in the office each day.
Take Your Seasonal Work Seriously
You should work as if you’re a permanent staff. A seasonal job lasts for a few months, but you need to treat it just like a full-time employment. By taking this job seriously, your supervisor will definitely notice you and he or she might consider you when the time to make those decisions comes at the end of the season.
Be Quick to Learn
Being accurate and learning your job quickly is a great way to prove to your manager that you can work well without any assistance. You should also be willing to exceed the target that is expected of you. Ability to work fast without compromising the quality will increase your chances of being retained by the company when the seasonal job comes to an end.
Be a Team Player
It’s important to be a team player and communicate effectively with your fellow employees. Being able to work well with others will clearly show that you’re an asset to that company. Extend a helping hand to other employees whenever they need assistance and you are available.
A seasonal job can be a great opportunity to position yourself for a full-time position. This job will also help you to apply for other positions that might come up while you’re working. Make sure that you act professionally during your seasonal job.
And even if it doesn’t work out with your seasonal job, at least you have your foot in the door for next time when they start hiring for seasonal employment. You may just have made your mark and even if you’ve found another part time or full time position elsewhere, you’ll know that you can always go back to that one place for a reliable source of extra income.
Have you turned seasonal work into permanent work?