Summer might have just ended but if you’re looking to land a great temp job at Christmas, now’s the time to start planning. There’s less time than you think and most of the big employers will already be putting their final touches to their recruitment campaigns for Xmas seasonal work.
Christmas means plenty of temp and part-time job opportunities
Each year, in the run-up to Christmas, there’s a huge surge in customer service, retail, hospitality and warehouse vacations in order to cope with seasonal demand. Many people are already writing their Xmas shopping lists in October, so the staff need to be in place for when they hit the shops. For you, that means a great opportunity to earn extra income for your own festive shopping.
The closer you get to December, the more competitive the market becomes for those looking to nab the best temp and part-time job opportunities with as many as 25 candidates vying for each vacancy. Get in now and you could have the pick of the crop.
Most jobs have the potential to last from November well into January, so that’s close to three months of potential work. And because Christmas jobs tend to be flexible positions offering temp and part-time job opportunities, they’re ideal for those juggling other commitments.
Start by letting potential employers know that you’re available. Update your CV and get it out with a cover letter to employers that might be looking for staff over the Christmas period. With luck, you should have an interview lined up before they even get round to advertising seasonal vacancies.
Where to look for seasonal work at Christmas
It doesn’t take much research to find which companies should be on your Christmas job search list. Debenhams, Sports Direct and John Lewis are three such examples, so if you have any of these companies have outlets, or even warehouse/storage facilities near you, get your CV out to them.
Alternatively, Amazon is planning 2000 Christmas jobs this year and the Royal Mail will have plenty of part-time opportunities too. Phone and tech retailers are another good target at this time of year. Make sure you keep an eye on local job websites and recruitment agencies, so you’re first to know about any vacancies. LinkedIn is one place to go for early announcements regarding Christmas recruitment drives.
Beating the competition
Due to the high numbers required for Christmas jobs, employers are often more lax when it comes to skills or experience, but make sure your tailor your CV and cover letter to the job and industry sector. If you don’t have a lot of experience, think about more general skills and qualities you can apply to the role, such as leadership experience or teamwork skills. Ask yourself, what problem can you solve for the company?
It can important to recruiters that you demonstrate you’re a ‘Christmas’ person, especially for those sales and retail roles. If you can pass on the festive spirit to customers, they’re more likely to spend more. Finally, when it comes to Christmas jobs, you may be asked to start at very short notice, so do what you can to maximise your availability.
To get your seasonal work job search started, start by searching ‘Christmas jobs’ over at Zoek.
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