5 Tips to Get the Holiday Jobs You Want

The search for holiday help has been at ultimate highs these past few years, and things aren’t looking much different this year.

September 21, 2020
Hands wrapping presents

The search for holiday help has been at ultimate highs these past few years, and things aren’t looking much different this year.

If you’re looking for seasonal work, the odds are in your favor. The demand for workers is high and you’ll have a variety of jobs to choose from, including those in industries such as retail and warehousing. This time can also be an excellent opportunity to explore a number of different positions and roles that offer the flexibility of temporary, work or get your foot in the door at a company you’d like to eventually be full-time.

Holiday Job Search Tips

When companies are looking for strong talent just like you and seemingly everyone is looking for holiday shifts, it’s important to stand out among the rest of candidates. To get the roles you want, what are some ways to ensure you’re putting your best foot forward? PeopleReady shares our five tips here:

  1. Get Online
    The internet is the best place to start looking for the jobs available to you. Staffing sites and job boards are constantly updated so even if you don’t see what you’re looking for immediately, keep your eyes out because postings are frequently added. Another great option can be using a mobile app to find jobs so you can see what’s available wherever you are and whenever you want. Apps like JobStack not only give you a look into new jobs available, but also offer capabilities like selecting specific shifts, contacting the branch, and logging your hours!
  2. Start Early
    Sooner is better when it comes to applying for seasonal jobs. Holiday hiring can begin months ahead of when the season actually begins, so now that it’s already close to being in full swing, get started now! Also keep in mind training and hiring can take some time. As the days get shorter, time flies!
  3. Be Prepared
    Have your resume, references, skills, and any necessary work documentation ready. Not only will it help speed up and simplify the application process, it looks great to recruiters and possible employers when you show up prepared and organized.
  4. Share Availability
    When you communicate your availability with your recruiter, you’re setting yourself up for success. If you can work night shifts, weekends, or overtime, you might have the upper hand in getting a role that needs flexibility. If you’re unavailable for certain blocks of time, communicate this as well. The more your recruiter knows about your availability, the better equipped they are to find you jobs that match your needs.
  5. Show Your Strengths
    No matter the role, it’s an opportunity to demonstrate your skills. Whether you have exceptional customer service, fantastic organizational skills, or a knack for creativity, you can utilize your abilities in ways that support your role and impress your employer. The opportunities are endless when you show up with a great attitude, on time, and ready to work

See the Fall Season’s In-Demand Jobs

Find seasonal work that can help you meet your financial and work goals. Read PeopleReady’s article on the variety of jobs available to you during the holiday season!

September 14, 2020
in demand jobs

Hiring for seasonal jobs seems to be starting earlier and earlier each year, which means there are plenty of opportunities for work as the holiday season inches nearer. Just as the seasons change, so do the most in-demand jobs. In cooler months, you might see less openings for positions in landscaping or house painting, but there’s a whole slew of roles that need a full force of workers as fall hits.

As we mentioned last year, there are many types of jobs available in a variety of industries, from retail to hospitality. With online shopping’s popularity, there will be increased needs in warehouses and fulfillment centers. And someone needs to deliver all of those packages, so it’s no surprise that logistics sees a spike in seasonal work.

With an increase of new positions comes an increase of shifts to meet varied scheduling needs. While there are full-time seasonal temporary jobs, there are plenty of part-time roles available that allow for a flexible schedule. Seasonal work can be a great option—whether you’re planning on earning some extra spending money for the holidays, want to ramp up your skills, or feel ready to own your own schedule and choose jobs that match your lifestyle.

Interested in some of the different roles available to you as holiday hiring accelerates?

Warehousing and Manufacturing

The annual buying frenzy is coming full force as e-commerce shoppers begin looking for the best Black Friday deals and gift buying goes wild. To help meet consumer needs, warehouses and manufacturers go into overdrive to make sure goods are produced quickly, packages are ready to go on time, and all those awesome deals make it to the shelves on time. To keep operations running smoothly, manufacturers and warehouses need additional help from all kinds of positions from stockers to machinists to assembly workers.

Hospitality

‘Tis the coming season for hosting out-of-towners, parties, and events—which means hotels filled with travelers as well as personal and office parties booking up venues. That translates to a particularly demanding time for the hospitality industry. If you’re interested in exciting, active workdays (or nights) preparing beautiful spaces, meals, and experiences, hospitality could be an ideal environment for you.

Events and Venues

Similar to hospitality, events and venues see an upswing in busyness around the holiday season. You’re likely to find active positions available for holiday performances or seasonal soirees within events and venues throughout the season. Due to the timing of different events, these are also great opportunities for shifts outside the regular 9-to-5.

Retail

Even with the rise in popularity of online shopping, brick and mortar stores are still bustling. With all these customers out looking for the best deals, retailers need plenty of extra hands on deck for stocking and shelving, customer service, and checking out customers. There’s also plenty of extra merchandising to be done, so look for roles arranging product displays and helping merchandise the store to put your knack for design to use.

Ready to find the seasonal job meant for you? PeopleReady is here to connect you with great companies who need your skills!

Take Advantage of Holiday Hiring Season

Holiday hiring is in full force, with employers looking for seasonal workers. See why you want to get in the action now!

December 5, 2019
seasonal hiring, seasonal jobs

Seasonal hiring has been ramping up for months, and now we’re in the thick of the holiday frenzy. Retailers are competing for workers for roles in customer service, warehousing, distribution, and delivery more than ever.

With these trends in mind, it’s the best time for job seekers to get out and find the work they want, whether it’s a seasonal gig or getting into a position full time. What are some reasons to get out on the job hunt while the holidays are in full swing?

Extra Cash

Holiday spending increases for almost everyone, meaning it’s a perfect time to find a job that provides supplemental income. Whether you’re trying to buy extra-special gifts, winter-proof the house, entertain and party, or even just get your savings account boosted for the new year – you can work different shifts to make up for the additional expenses.

Boost Your Skill Set

With so many types of businesses hiring, you have plenty of opportunities to learn new skills in industries you haven’t yet explored. Curious about what a career in hospitality might look like? Or maybe you want to get behind the wheel of a delivery truck? It’s a great time to explore different roles and learn while on the go. You’re not limited to retail, so get out there and find out where you shine!

Suit Your Schedule

With so many types of jobs and positions open, you’re bound to find something that fits your ideal schedule. Not a morning person? Choose shifts later in the day so you can enjoy sleeping in and work when you’re at your best! Prefer to get your day started with the sun? Start an early gig and be done in time to take care of everything else important to you later in the day! With kids on winter break, do you need to rearrange your work hours to their adjusted agendas? Whatever your preference, you can find different jobs that meet your scheduling needs.

Find the jobs you’ve been looking for with PeopleReady and keep on going back to them using our JobStack app! You can find work wherever you are, whenever you want it, at whatever time you need.

4 Reasons to Love Summer Jobs

Summer gigs provide plenty of benefits for workers of all experience levels. See how you can get a job this season with support from PeopleReady.

May 30, 2019

Man mowing a lawn

For many people, summer jobs are their first foray into the working world. If you’re a student with the summer off, a temporary job is the perfect way to add some work to your resume and cash to your bank account. You don’t need to be looking for your first job though in order to appreciate the perks of a summer job. Seasonal work brings plenty of benefits for workers of all stripes.

If you’ve been wondering if summer work is right for you, we’ve put together a list of reasons that might help you decide. Here are 4 reasons to love summer jobs:

Availability 

One reason summer jobs stand out—even within the temp job market—is the  abundance of them. Some companies (like hospitality and retail) staff up for the extra business that occurs when students are out of school and families go on vacation, while others (such as construction) increase production during warm weather. Regardless of your industry, your available opportunities are among their highest right now.

Flexibility 

Luckily, the ample amount of summer gigs means you can find one that suits your schedule. If you’re a parent who wants to spend the day with your kids on summer break, you can find a job that lets you work evenings or nights. If you are taking summer classes and can only work on weekends or just want to squeeze in a shift when you have a free day, you have that option.

Potential

Temporary work often offers the opportunity into a long-term position, and this is even more common for seasonal jobs. Employers understand that many, if not most, summer workers are only looking for temporary gigs, but they also know it’s a great time to scout new talent. After all, if they see you’re a strong worker who’s proven yourself on the job, they know who to turn to when they need a full-time employee. That could happen sooner than later since many current employees leave their jobs at the end of summer when their schedules change, they move away, or enroll in school. 

Experience 

A seasonal job provides a great opportunity to build upon skills you’re lacking or gain expertise in a field. That could mean looking for opportunities where you spend more time building your customer service skills or could mean taking a job in hospitality to diversify your resume. If you want to shake things up with an outdoor job to enjoy the weather, this is the perfect time to test out landscaping. And if you’re new to the workforce, you might be looking for any experience just to build a stronger resume and increase your job opportunities. Take advantage of the availability and flexibility of summer gigs and build the resume you want.

Start your search for summer work with PeopleReady right now.

4 Summer Jobs That Get You Outdoors

If you’d rather spend your day in the sun, consider a job that keeps you outdoors. Here are some job opportunities to consider!

Outdoor workers

If you live in a cold climate, you know the feeling of waiting for summer to finally arrive. A sunny day can change the whole mood of a city after months of snowstorms, short days, and puffy coats. That’s why so many people look for jobs where they can work outdoors; they don’t want to be trapped indoors when they could be outside soaking up fresh air and taking advantage of the fleeting summer temperatures.

If you’d rather be working under the summer sun instead of fluorescent lighting, we’ve got you covered. PeopleReady shares four summer jobs in high demand that will let you enjoy working outside:

General Labor

General labor positions run the gamut from working on construction sites to moving materials to assisting skilled tradespeople. Although general labor might feel like a broad category, the common quality in these roles is requiring a strong work ethic. When businesses need general labor, it’s often on short notice and with a tight deadline. A hard worker who is dependable will have many opportunities to earn a paycheck and work in the summer warmth.

Event Staff 

When you go to a sporting event this summer, you’re experiencing the work of hundreds of event staff and preparation that took hours—if not days. Think about an afternoon at the ballpark: From parking lot attendants to ticket handlers to merchandise vendors to concessions workers to the cleaning crew, a hard-working staff is creating a memorable experience. The demand even goes beyond sporting events; you’ll find similar, highly staffed setups at concerts, festivals, and expos throughout the summer.

Landscaper

Perhaps no job embodies the spirit of a summer gig more than that of a landscaper. Whether working on a commercial or residential site, landscapers care for and maintain lawns, gardens, and plants. They might work with a landscape architect for more involved projects or assist with lawn sprinkler system installations, depending on the demands of the particular role. No matter what, a landscaper is sure to spend their summer days outside enjoying the warm weather, getting their hands dirty, and putting their green thumbs to use.

Painter

Now that months of snow and rain are gone, homeowners and businesses are ready to give their properties a facelift. You’ll find painters not only doing the actual painting but also preparing and cleaning the site beforehand so they can work quickly and safely. They’re not only in demand for existing structures; new construction projects need painters so that homes, offices and hotels are ready to be occupied.

PeopleReady specializes in quick and reliable on-demand labor and highly skilled workers. PeopleReady supports a wide range of blue-collar industries, including construction, manufacturing and logistics, waste and recycling, and hospitality. Leveraging its game-changing JobStack platform and 600-plus branch offices across all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, PeopleReady served approximately 98,000 businesses and put more than 490,000 people to work in 2020.