It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

October through to January sees an increase in seasonal temp work within many companies. Many businesses are busier at this time of year, therefore need more staff in order to manage the workload.

If you’re looking to earn a little extra cash over the festive season this year, here are some pointers when seeking work.

Keep your CV up to date
Make sure you’re sending the correct and most recent CV you have and the same goes for your cover letter. If the job you are applying for requires you to fill out an application form, make sure you include as much relevant information as you can to let the employer see what you can bring to the table.

No experience – no problem!
For many Christmas temp work positions, previous experience isn’t always required, what’s more important is your availability and willingness to learn on the job. Unpaid work can also count as experience, for example voluntary and charity work . Any courses undertaken, education and hobbies can all be included in your CV, including relevant skills you have learned from them.

No time like the present (no pun intended)
A lot of companies will be looking to hire people as soon as possible, as they need time to train you and to let you settle in to the role before the busy time really begins.   This also gives you time to meet the team you’ll be working with throughout the festive season.

What jobs are available?
Typically, the most popular Christmas temp jobs are retail, hospitality and delivery jobs (e.g. mail, groceries, drinks and all online shopping). Almost all jobs will have an element of customer service in them; so make sure to let an interviewer know you are comfortable in these types of situations.

What you can learn
Even though you may work in a temp job that is in a different industry to the one you want to work in, you will still develop transferable skills and strengthen skills you already have. You will also be able to add all the experience you gain to your CV and possibly even obtain a reference to take to your next job.

Most important, when applying for seasonal work is be flexible! This is a point that almost all businesses will require. While it’s important to be as honest as possible when letting an interviewer know what hours you can work, just remember the better your availability, the more appealing you become to an employer.

If you are looking for more tips and advice on the interview process or popular interview questions check out our Group Interview Tips and Frequently Asked Interview Questions blogs!

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