As we near the holidays, seasonal temp jobs are cropping up left and right. This year, 700,000 seasonal retail jobs are expected to be created. While these are great opportunities, don’t forget to also check out a temp agency if you’re seeking employment.
Seasonal jobs and temp staffing jobs are similar in that they offer you two opportunities: (1) a chance to pick up a little extra supplemental work or (2) a chance to get your foot in the door at a company and earn your way to a permanent position. Just as it’s possible to extend a seasonal store job, our temps are frequently hired on perm with the clients we serve.
For retail, it’s possible to keep a seasonal job longer than January, but you’ve got to be persistent, hardworking and flexible. Managers take notice when you show up on time, do all of your assigned tasks, and remain flexible when asked to work in different areas or take on additional duties or shifts. While most temp assignments have set fixed end dates, keeping the same mindset is still important — another opportunity may emerge out of a different department at that client, or your coordinator, impressed with the great job you’ve been doing, may consider you for another placement immediately following your current one.
Either way it’s important to keep any open mind when considering seasonal or temporary employment. Have you started a temporary/seasonal job and had it turn into a permanent job? What are your dos and don’ts for temporary and seasonal work?