Tis the season! Time to drink hot chocolate, eat fruitcake, shop for presents and – for those still struggling to find employment in this tough economy – time to fill out seasonal job applications.
Many companies are hiring associates to man their stores and warehouses during the holiday season, as shoppers head out to enjoy the deals on days like Black Friday.
But for many of those filling out applications and responding to “help wanted” ads, the hope is that these holiday gigs could turn into a full-time job.
Luckily, CNN.com and Careerbuilder have compiled some tips for turning a holiday job into a permanent position. Here’s what they reccommend:
– Make your intentions known from the start
– Provide above and beyond customer service
– Be proactive, not passive
– Show you care about the company
– Prove you are forward-thinking
“The bottom line for all seasonal job seekers: The season is an opportune time to turn a temporary stint into a full-time, permanent career. If that’s your goal, make sure to apply early, let the manager know from the start that you’re interested in long-term employment and prove you’re an indispensable asset to the company.”
I’ve never tried temporary holiday employment. I was able to get on-campus employment throughout school and then supplemented that with money I had saved up through working full-time during summers. But if I was looking for a job right now, I would be the first in line to fill out applications because the opportunities right now are tremendous for those looking to get their foot in the door someplace.
However, I do know friends who have started out as temps but ended up spending years happily employed after turning their part-time gigs into full-time positions.
What about you – have you ever had seasonal employment? Were you able to turn it into a full-time position, if that was what you were looking for?