With the first snowfall already behind us, many people are gearing up to start their search for a seasonal, winter job. After all, there are a ton of great opportunities in retail and the recreational industry during this festive season, as well as delivery driving, packaging, food services, and events. Seasonal jobs in our area also includes ski hills and tree farms that need the extra help in the colder months of the year.

If you’re thinking of applying for seasonal work this holiday season, it’s important to get started now; employers are eager to get their new staff trained and on duty to kick off their busiest time of year.

Wondering what the benefits are of taking a seasonal jobs? Working over the holiday season is a great opportunity to:

  • Make extra money
  • Learn new skills
  • Build up your resume
  • Gain new references
  • Try out a new job or company
  • Get your ‘foot in the door’
  • Have fun
  • Keep busy
  • Meet new people

In many instances, seasonal staff (who have made a good impression) might be considered for permanent/part-time or full-time positions, either immediately or when a vacancy becomes available. More good news about working seasonally is that there’s no obligation for you to continue working there if you haven’t enjoyed it. You get to leave your position on good terms when the work term is over while learning a little more about yourself and the type of work you’re best suited for.

However, one of the issues with most holiday season jobs is that there are a lot of evening and weekend shifts. If you have small children who need daycare or if transportation is a concern, for example, then be sure to look around for opportunities with locations and hours that work best for you.

How to apply

  1. Start now!

Bigger companies or large box stores often hold a seasonal job fair in the fall for their winter or holiday hiring, but even if you missed out, be sure to reach out and apply anyway. There is sometimes a quick turn over right off the hop and that’s something you could take advantage of.

  1. Hand out resumes in-person whenever possible

Copy a stack of resumes, get dressed up and stop into every business that you think will need holiday staff. Applying in person shows you are eager, committed and it offers a personal touch. However, if a job posting instructs you to apply online, then be sure to do exactly that. The ability to follow directions is a top skill that employers look for.

  1. Ask to speak to a manager

Go to the front desk or find a staff person. You can say something along the lines of, “Hi, I’d like to speak to a manager about working here during the holidays. Is there someone I can talk to?”. With luck, you’ll get to have a face-to-face chat with someone who makes hiring decisions, but if that’s not an option, be sure to leave your resume with the staff and follow up by phone in a day or two.

  1. Be prepared for an interview

You may be asked to stay for a quick interview – so be prepared to talk up your skills and why you’d make a great addition to their business. It’s also a good idea to bring your references just in case you are asked for them on the spot.

  1. Get help with your resume

If writing a resume isn’t your ‘strong suit’, get assistance drafting one up. A good resume gets you noticed, and is the first step to getting called for a job interview. Highlight your customer service, retail, warehousing or other related service skills, and ensure that it’s error-free and clearly written.

If you’d like to learn more about how to find and apply for seasonal or permanent jobs, be sure to connect with our expert team at Focus Employment Services. We offer a wide range of free supports for job searchers in the Alliston, Beeton, Tottenham and Angus area and we’re sure to have a posting or two for you to take a look at! Connect with us today and let’s get to work this holiday season!