How to prepare for a seasonal job
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Seasonal jobs are positions available only during certain periods of time. These jobs are temporary and short term with clear, definite deadlines to come to an end. Seasonal jobs can be based on geography or based on the time of year.
Companies hire additional employees during busier months to meet consumer demand. For example, the Retail industry is busier during the Christmas and Holiday season than any other time of the year. Stores will hire additional help to provide the best customer service to those who patronize them. If you want to work a seasonal job you need to prepare in advance of the season.
Inquire about seasonal work early. Identify the companies you are interested in and contact them to find out exactly when they will start accepting applications. If you are looking for a summer job, you should start looking in the early spring. If you are looking work during the holiday season, you should start looking at the official end of summer or early October.
Compose a one-page resume that briefly summarizes your credentials and your intentions. In a few quick sentences shape your summary statement to precisely match with the target job you want to get. Next talk about your experience but be short, clear and straight to the point. If you have had previous job experience relevant to this job, list the name of the company and your job title along with 3-5 bullet points mentioning transferable skills.
Highlighting important and relevant skills can help set you apart from the competition.
If confirmation of credentials via degrees and certifications are required for the seasonal job, you should list that information followed by the institution that granted it and include graduation year or when you received your qualification. Send a clear message that you are not only skilled, but also dependable.
The entire hiring process for seasonal work is usually at a quick pace. Folks are hired, trained, and then put to work. The employer will want to know that they can depend on you. Seasonal employees are not easy to replace and retrain. The company is making a huge investment in the seasonal worker.
Consider writing a short cover letter as an extra selling point. A well-written cover letter shows communications skills and a commitment to the job.
Having a seasonal job has benefits. Use your seasonal work to build your work experience on your resume. Having this work experience listed can help if you have gaps in your work history.
If you aspire to obtain a permanent position within a company a seasonal job is a great way to build relationships with the company’s management. It can also help you network with others in the industry. Finally, it could make a difference on your behalf in terns of getting a future position with a company.
Charleston County Public Library provides several different resources that can help you in your pursuit of a seasonal job.
- Library card holders can access resources like Ferguson's Career Guidance Center to find informative articles like the following:
Hurst, Jane. “6 Job Hunting Tips for the Holidays.” Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, Facts On File, 3 Dec. 2019, fcg.infobase.com/recordurl/1308457?aid=101366. Accessed 5 Nov. 2021.
Careers, Vault. “Turning a Seasonal Job Into a Full-Time Job.” Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, Facts On File, 16 Nov. 2011, fcg.infobase.com/recordurl/1305935?aid=101366. Accessed 5 Nov. 2021.
Hurst, Jane. “7 Side Hustles That Pay Well.” Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, Facts On File, 18 Nov. 2019, fcg.infobase.com/recordurl/1302546?aid=101366. Accessed 5 Nov. 2021.
Zamir, David. “3 Tips for Finding a Gig Job You Won't Want to Quit.” Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, Facts On File, 10 July 2017, fcg.infobase.com/recordurl/1308458?aid=101366. Accessed 5 Nov. 2021.
- There are useful tutorials library card holders can find in the database Learning Express Library like Great Resumes, Find Your Next Job, Job Interviews That Get You Hired, and Military to Civilian Career: A How-to Guide for New Veterans.
- A variety of ebooks are available from the database Hoopla that can help a jobseeker including the following:
- 100 Conversations for Career Success: Learn to Network, Cold Call, and Tweet Your Way to Your Dream Job by Laura Labovich & Miriam Salpeter
This book helps job seekers manage their day-to-day search and professional networking in-person and online. Job seekers who need this book know they should reach out to business contacts and connect on social media, but don't know how.
- Social Networking for Career Success, 2nd Edition by Miriam Salpeter
Social media is a powerful, mandatory tool for the job world. Career expert Miriam Salpeter illustrates its fullest potential in an updated and revised edition of her popular one-stop resource. Readers will learn how to create and promote an online brand and make themselves indispensable in the workforce.
- The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want by Diane Mulcahly
Today, more than a third of Americans are working in the gig economy--mixing together short-term jobs, contract work, and freelance assignments. For those who've figured out the formula, life has never been better! You, too, can learn how to embrace the independent and self-sufficient world of freelance!
Some common seasonal job are cashier, stocker, life guard, camp counselor, customer service representative, driver, concierge, and food service worker. Whatever the seasonal job is some good tips to adhere to are to be punctual, dependable, reliable, and flexible.
With a little bit of practice and self-patience, you will be ready to take on the next steps in your future career. If you would like more information about how to apply for jobs online, assistance in finding resources, tips on how to get the job-hunting process started or more, please reach out to us at CCPL by email, chat, or text. Remember, you are not alone.