Looking for a temporary job this season? We have good news:
The average hourly wage for seasonal workers is climbing and is expected to continue notching up in the year ahead.
A temporary position during the holidays is a quick and easy way to help you pay down debt, boost your savings or help you pay for all of the gifts you’ll be buying for loved ones.
The even better news is that 84% of employers expect to need an extra hand over the next few weeks and beyond, which means there’s plenty of opportunity to score a decent gig.
And don’t forget, if you’re straight out of college or struggling to fill your resume, adding a seasonal job is a great way to show additional job experience. Alternatively, if you’re looking to switch industries, but have no experience in your new field, adding a seasonal job can help bridge the gap.
Here’s what you should do right away:
- Start now. A lot of good spots get filled quickly, so don’t wait. Get us your resume so that we can help you land a job you’ll enjoy.
- Polish up your resume. Just because you’re looking for a short-term role doesn’t mean you won’t have to prove you’re worthy of being hired. As you gear up to apply for a seasonal job, review your resume and make sure that it’s not only up to date but also clean-looking and grammatically correct. You might even enlist the help of a friend to edit it for you, as an outside set of eyes is more likely to spot errors than you are.
- Prepare to be interviewed. Just as you probably won’t land a permanent role without having an interview first, so too will you generally need to sit down and meet with prospective employers before getting hired on a seasonal basis. That’s why it pays to brush up on your interview skills now. Prepare answers to some of the tougher questions you’re likely to get, and if you’re the type who tends to panic on the spot, do some practice runs so you’re less nervous later on.
Once you’ve secured your seasonal job, make sure you view it like you might an internship opportunity: It gives you a rare inside glimpse into how a company actually operates — and a chance to test-drive it, relatively risk-free.
If you love the job, great! You have a foot in the door to pursue full-time opportunities.
If not? Well, you have an out at the end of the season.
About the Author
Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.