Use Seasonal Employment To Jump Start Your Career

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It’s that time of year again.

Employers everywhere are preparing for the holiday rush and they need all the help they can get.

As a student, seasonal employment can be a great opportunity to try your hand at a position you may have never otherwise considered. Annar Merali from Robert Half shared her perspective on the benefits of seasonal employment:

Get the job

To land a seasonal job it’s important that the employer knows you’re available immediately and flexible. Make it known that you are open to various types of positions such as data entry, or reception. “Be open, and eager but not desperate,” says Annar.

Keep an open mind

Working a seasonal job is the perfect opportunity to try working in a different industry and expand your professional network. Seasonal jobs are a fantastic way to get your foot in the door at a company where openings are less frequent.

For a recent grad in that transitional period, seasonal employment is a way to make some extra income instead of waiting around for permanent employment. And for students it is an excellent way to make some much needed extra money during the holidays.

At the very least you will have new and diverse experience to add your resume. But what’s more is these opportunities can often lead to permanent work. According to Annar, this happens quite frequently: “When people do such a good job, they often leave a huge impact.”

Jobs are everywhere

Seasonal opportunities go beyond just retail. There are several firms in the financial sector that will take on extra help during their busy seasons. Accounting firms, for example, will often hire seasonal employees during tax season. If you do your research and ask around, you will find that these jobs are anywhere and everywhere. Take advantage of busy seasons – the end of the quarter or the year means more potential jobs.

Make the most of the opportunity

If your aim is to turn a seasonal job into full-time employment, the best thing you can do is leave an impression. Always be very professional and build relationships with everyone – managers, supervisors, the entire staff. Approach all of your tasks as if your decisions will have a long-term impact. Don’t get stuck in the mindset that the job is just temporary; otherwise you will ensure that it is. Be committed and engaged.

“Be sure to showcase your skills,” says Annar. If you are a seamless fit for the position, the company will have no choice but to keep you around. Demonstrate that you would be an asset to the company as a whole and that your skills are transferable between departments. Look at it and as an extended interview. If you are fortunate enough to have this chance, challenge yourself to think big.

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Michelle Circosta is an iBBA student at York University's Schulich School of Business. Michelle is passionate about business, journalism, and fast food. When she's not swamped with stories or assignments you can find Michelle talking to anybody who will listen. Check her out on LinkedIn at: ca.linkedin.com/in/mcircosta.