Source: MASHABLE – The holidays — and all the credit card debt that accompanies them — are right around the corner, and companies are ramping up their seasonal hiring. If you’re wondering how to balance your budget during holiday spending, a part-time seasonal job may be just the solution. And while retail still dominates the seasonal job market, there’s more of a variety in seasonal and holiday jobs than ever before — the trick is knowing how to find and land the best seasonal job for you.
Below are a few ways you can ensure that you find the right fit when it comes to seasonal employment.
- Consider all your options. Retail, retail, retail — this is the typical refrain of seasonal hiring, and with good reason: UPS announced plans to nearly double its seasonal hiring from last year, and major brands like Amazon, Macy’s and Walmart are planning increases as well.But there are quite a few other industries that hire seasonally, if you know what to look for. Consider your local community and all the holiday events being held: They require employees for every level, from recruiters and staffing coordinators who hire and manage seasonal help, to event managers and chefs for holiday events, to merchandisers who create and maintain creative seasonal displays for different products and services.
- Go outside the regular holiday season. In addition to seasonal holiday hiring, there are two other big “seasons” also hiring right now — ski season and tax season. If you live in an area that is partial to winter sports, you’ll find all sorts of roles available, from ski instructor to office manager at local ski resorts. And anyone with experience preparing tax returns has a chance at a seasonal tax job. One of the common misconceptions is that only accountants are qualified for seasonal tax jobs, but tax preparation services and accounting firms are looking for anyone with tax experience — accountant or not.
- Try for remote seasonal options.
- If your local area isn’t ripe for holiday work, consider working from home in a virtual role. Job titles such as web search evaluator, social media evaluator, customer service associate and tax advisor are common remote jobs. In particular, customer service associates are hired now through the New Year to assist holiday shoppers, tax filers, travelers and others through email, chat and phone calls.
- Showcase the most important seasonal work skills. Employers are looking for people who are incredibly quick learners, handle busy and sometimes stressful situations well, have a positive attitude and work hard. Training is usually provided for seasonal roles, so while having experience is great, it’s often not essential. The other key, which may seem obvious, is that you’ll need to be available to work through the holiday season. This includes the days around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Of course, most jobs offer some wiggle room, but needing to take off Thanksgiving week or the days leading up to Christmas will quickly rule you out.
- Be ready for a rapid-fire interview. For whatever reason, seasonal hiring typically feels a bit more casual than traditional hiring — but you shouldn’t treat it casually if you want to stand out and land a job. Some employers are hiring so many people, they limit their interviews to 10-15 minutes each. Practice, practice and practice again to make sure you’re able to express your qualifications, interest in the company and abilities quickly and succinctly.
Whether you’re looking to pad your pockets in anticipation of your own holiday spending spree, or get your foot in the door in hopes of a more permanent role, seasonal jobs are a fantastic option. Just don’t delay — the vast majority of seasonal hiring is taking place right now, so dig into your search quickly.