How Seasonal Work Can Help Your Job Search

If you are unemployed or looking for a way to make extra money this holiday season, now is the time to apply for part-time and full-time temporary positions.

Employers are interviewing and training new employees with your skills to work during the upcoming busy shopping season and possibly longer.

In addition to providing a paycheck, the benefits of a seasonal job include:

  • Adding recent experience to your resume
  • A chance to network and make new career contacts
  • The opportunity to refresh or gain new skills
  • Reminding yourself that you are a capable worker

Here is a short list of some of the U.S. companies currently hiring for the 2012 holiday season:

Best Buy
DSW Shoe Stores
Hickory Farms
Michael’s Arts & Craft Stores
Sprint Stores
Target Stores & Distribution Centers
Toys R Us Stores & Distribution Centers
Wilson’s Leather Stores

If you know of any other companies in the United States accepting applicants, please share their information in the comments section. An opportunity that is not right for you can help someone else.

Boost Your Career
A temporary job also can lead to a permanent position. Supervisors often offer full-time or permanent positions to their best temporary employees.

A retail position might not fit your career goals; however, working in a customer service job can be a way into a company that has other positions that better suit you.

Even if you only want a short-term job, you can ask your manager for a letter of recommendation that you can use in your job search.

Whether a seasonal job matches your career identity or you just want the paycheck, working in temporary position can have lasting benefits to your career or job search.

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