How You Can Succeed in Your Holiday Job Search
The holiday season is coming soon, and shoppers are getting started earlier than ever. In turn, retailers, manufacturers and other companies will need seasonal employees sooner. Holiday jobs are a great way to pay for school, student loans, new car and other major purchases. In some cases, you might even be able to turn these temporary work opportunities into a full-time permanent role. Below, PeopleReady offers four job search tips to help you find the flexible holiday jobs you need.
Start the holiday job search early
According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, employers identified a lack of qualified workers as one of their most critical issues. As a seasonal employee, the sooner you begin your job search, the more likely you can land the position you want.
Additionally, having your resume, references and other necessary work documentation ready streamlines the process. Employers are impressed by workers who are prepared and organized. To make the job search even easier, working with one of today’s temporary staffing agencies can match you with companies offering seasonal jobs.
Decide your availability and preferred work schedule
Many businesses change or expand their operating hours during the holiday season to meet increased demand. If you can work nights, weekends or overtime, you might have the upper hand in getting the job. The more your employer knows about your schedule, the better they can match you with available shifts.
Additionally, seasonal employees have an advantage in the current labor market. Since the Great Resignation, many companies made changes to their hiring practices, offering higher wages, more incentives and flexible scheduling. As a result, you can make more money while working shifts that allow you to enjoy the holiday season with friends and family.
Showcase your skills and experience
The holiday season is a prime time to explore different jobs in various industries, where you can expand on your skills or learn new ones, making you more valuable to employers over time. Whether you have exceptional customer service, great organizational skills or a knack for creativity, you can highlight your best abilities to impress your potential employer.
Therefore, it’s important to share examples of your skills on your resume or profile and provide professional references. Some of the most in-demand qualities and skills that businesses want in their holiday job seekers are:
- Punctuality and reliability
- Time management and the ability to multitask
- Communication skills
- Customer service skills
Take advantage of mobile technology
Job search apps have grown in popularity as technology has evolved. Now, more people apply for jobs over mobile apps than personal computers. For the first time in 2020, mobile applications surpassed those completed on a desktop, according to an Appcast report.
You can use staffing apps to apply for and accept seasonal jobs 24/7 from the convenience of your mobile device. This makes your job search that much easier. Plus, you’ll get the support of a staffing company that can help job seekers like you find a job that fits your needs.
Find holiday jobs with PeopleReady
PeopleReady is the easiest way to find seasonal, temporary and part-time jobs. We maintain relationships with businesses nationwide to provide you with the most in-demand jobs, so you can earn money and build your skills in various industries such as hospitality, retail and events. For example, holiday jobs with PeopleReady this year include:
- Retail: Clerks and cashiers, merchandisers, customer service representatives.
- Hospitality and events: Catering assistants, hosts and hostesses, food servers.
- Manufacturing: Shipping and receiving workers, assembly and production workers, pickers and packers.
See our current holiday jobs in a variety of industries and apply right on our website here. Or, if you’re in the U.S, use our app, JobStack, lets you apply for holiday jobs that match your skills and interests 24/7, right from your mobile device.
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