No matter what happens with the COVID-19 pandemic this winter, it won’t stop the holiday season from coming. It also won’t stop the influx of seasonal job opportunities from pick and pack to warehouse to retail. Should you take a seasonal job? What are the benefits, even if the job isn’t designed to last forever? 

Benefits of Seasonal Jobs

Seasonal jobs come with several perks that go along with making money for the holidays. Many companies offer flexible scheduling and room to pick up as many hours as you need. Many offer employee discounts even to their temporary employees to sweeten the deal. It’s a good idea to target the companies where you like to shop anyway, so you can get a sweet deal on the items you were already planning on purchasing. 

One of the benefits of taking a seasonal job is that it is a resume builder. You can learn a lot, even in just a few weeks. Whether you’re currently working and want to add additional income or out of work, a seasonal job can help bring skills and revitalize your resume. Straight out of college? A seasonal job gives you the skills you need when you’re first starting on a career path. Even if the position isn’t exactly in your field of study, a seasonal job shows you have a work ethic and some crossover skills. Your employer will also likely provide you with a reference on your resume, which may help you land a full-time position later. 

Say you find a seasonal job at a company known for its great customer service, like Amazon, UPS, or Target. Those skills are marketable to employers looking for solid, reliable workers not just during the holidays but all the time. It’s also an excellent way to build your network of friends and professional colleagues, and the reality is you don’t know where these relationships could lead you long-term. 

A seasonal job lets you get to know a company to decide if you’d like to work there later on. You never know where these opportunities may lead. When you’re working, you’ll pick up what the structure is like, how the managers are, and what it is like to work there from day-to-day. Many managers pay close attention to their seasonal teams to see which employees fit in the best and bring great team skills. Regardless of what happens to this particular job, some opportunities could lie ahead at the company later on. If you get to work on time, put in an extra effort, have a great attitude, and do the job well, there is a chance that this seasonal job could evolve into something more permanent. These days, that’s like having money in the bank.  

IES works with all kinds of employers to fill seasonal, part-time, temporary, temp-to-hire, and permanent positions. Contact our team of experts today to find out about the opportunities in your area. 

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