It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
The shops have already been decorated, there are premature Christmas classics creeping into everyone’s playlists, and we’re just starting to wonder whether it’s too early to watch Home Alone. But what else is in store for you this festive season? Well, if you’re looking for a job, there’s no better time to do it.
To help you embrace the holiday spirit (and earn some money at the same time) here are a few of our top tips on how to get a Christmas job:
Is it too early to decorate your front garden with plastic snowmen, or to hear a constant onslaught of Christmas hits in every shop you visit? Possibly. But let’s be honest – the festive season definitely brought out the best in Wham.
And although you may not have your Christmas tree up yet, it certainly isn’t too early to find your ideal seasonal job. In fact, with many recruiters starting their search in early autumn – now is the perfect time to get the bauble ball rolling.
So figure out what industry you’d like to work in, refresh your CV, and start your job search as soon as possible – then, you’ll be far more likely to secure a job by the winter break.
And if you’re looking to work in retail – be prepared for even more Christmas songs. Thanks, Noddy.
One of the main characteristics employers look for in a new employee is flexibility. And as many Christmas jobs are temporary, the greater your availability, the more attractive you become.
Not only will this attitude increase your chances of getting the job, it could also pay dividends in the long run – both when it comes to your future job stability*, and your friends’ and family members’ happiness when you can afford to get them whatever they want this Christmas. No matter how questionable the gift is.
We’re looking at you, middle-aged cousin who insists a Nerf gun is a ‘grown-up toy’.
Try something different
OK, so we’re not saying you have to buy a big red Santa suit whilst you hastily learn how to ride a sleigh (you know, unless you’re into that) – but it is important to be aware of every available opportunity this festive season.
After all, although retail and supermarket staff are in particularly high demand at this time of the year – that doesn’t mean no one else is looking. In fact, you may be surprised at the amount of seasonal work that’s actually on offer.
From delivery driving to supply teaching, there’s always a way you can utilise your skills and experience with the right role this Christmas.
But there’s no harm in keeping the tickets to the North Pole on standby. You know, just in case…
Make your application count
Although most Christmas jobs are temporary, that doesn’t mean your application doesn’t matter.
In fact, with competition higher than a soaring sleigh (sorry), putting extra effort into your CV and cover letter is an absolute necessity – especially if you’re trying to land a role with the most in-demand employers.
And, since recruiters are looking to fill their positions fast – ensuring what you’re looking for is clear and succinct is the key to standing out. After all, have you ever got what you wanted without telling exactly Santa exactly what it is first? Exactly.
So make a list. Check it twice. Try and sort out which pieces of personal information are absolutely vital to include… (OK, we’ve lost that one).
Stop dwelling on the (ghosts of Christmas) past
If you haven’t got much work experience – now’s the perfect time to get your foot in the door.
As employers looking for seasonal workers place most precedence on attributes such as flexibility, enthusiasm, and personality – they’re unlikely to dismiss your application down to a sparse employment history alone.
So make up for any lack of experience with a positive and dedicated mindset, and you’ll be surprised at how much of a difference it can make.
And you never know, a Christmas job could become a permanent job if you really impress your employer.
Prepare for the best
With the Christmas rush bringing an increase in customers hungry for festive treats (from presents to turkeys), employers are keen to fill vacancies fast.
In fact, many of them will make the decision to hire candidates at the interview, so it’s always a good idea to bring any important documents (aside from your CV) along; including your passport, proof of address, and National Insurance Number.
That way, you’ll have everything you need to accept the offer and start work as soon as possible.
Actually become Santa
If you’re looking for a Christmas job with all the trimmings – why not go all out?
With real-life (albeit obscure) jobs involving sprout picking, professional present wrapping, and becoming Father Christmas himself – there’s no reason you can’t spread festive cheer whilst singing loud for all to hear – at work.
Because in a job like this – nobody will be irritated by your ongoing rendition of East 17. In fact, they might even enjoy it. Goodbye office Scrooges…
Whatever sort of position you’re looking for, make the most of the holiday season by finding a Christmas job.
Already got an interview? Make sure you nail it with our Christmas special top five job interview songs…
*A Christmas job can be for life, not just for Christmas…
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