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Securing a Seasonal Job

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November 14, 2012

Many seasonal jobs become available throughout the year, particularly toward the end of the year. While many retailers hire this time of year, other companies are busy too, preparing for year-end closing, audits and compliance work – meaning that they need plenty of good accounting and finance professionals.  If you are currently looking for a job, but haven’t found the perfect fit yet, think about securing a temporary job. Not only can it supplement your income while you’re in-between positions, but many employers will keep temporary workers, hiring them as permanent positions after the end of the busy season.

Here are some candidate tips for finding the perfect seasonal job:

  • Apply early: November is the perfect time to begin your seasonal job search, before all of the other candidates have applied.
  • Make a list of targeted companies: Many companies could use extra assistance during the busy season, but haven’t found the time to contact a recruiter or post a wanted ad. Think of industries that would typically need extra assistance this season (such as retail, catering, hospitality, delivery or other services, banking or finance).
  • Contact recruiters: Recruiters such as That’s Good HR may have the best opportunities for temporary and seasonal work, so get to know ones in the fields you seek, and fill out an application so they will have your resume on file.
  • Use your experience in new ways: Think of how you might use your previous employment background in new ways to uncover greater opportunities for seasonal work. Experience typically matters more than education when it comes to finding the right fit for a temporary or year-end position.
  • Find a personality fit: A less-than-ideal position at a company whose culture fits your own might be a better choice than an ideal position at another company.
  • Be flexible: The more flexible you are with work hours (evenings, weekends, etc.), the greater opportunities you’ll have because these are often skills that employers are seeking this time of year.
  • Treat it like any other job: Just because a seasonal or temporary position isn’t your ideal job, you should always enter into it with professionalism – starting with your application, and including your attire and preparedness during your interview. And your performance on the job may impact future employment opportunities, so always do your best, even if the position is temporary.