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It’s fairly common for holiday job seekers to try to turn their seasonal positions into long-term and even permanent work. And certainly, some employers look to these short-term hires when they’re ready to bring someone on full time. While not all holiday jobs turn into permanent ones, some do, and if you’re hoping to turn a holiday position into your next career opportunity, these tips will help:
Avoid Retail. Most big box retailers hire temporary employees solely for seasonal help. If you are looking to turn a holiday job into a long-term position, you may want to avoid traditional retailers like Walmart and Target. There are other industries, such as restaurants, travel, event management, and e-commerce that hire applicants for holiday jobs and then keep exceptional seasonal workers for the long haul. If you do opt for retail, ask the hiring manager at your interview whether there is long-term potential with your position. If the answer is no, you may want to look elsewhere for employment.
Research the Organization Before you Apply. One of the first things you’ll want to do is update your resume so that it highlights all of the work experience relevant to the job you want. Then, hit the bricks and don’t overlook the small, local businesses in your area. Research the help wanted ads in a local newspaper or visit the small businesses and ask about available positions. Again, don’t hesitate to ask whether the holiday positions have long-term potential. After all, small businesses hire seasonal workers, train them, and look for the exemplary employees to stay on after the holiday season because they already know the position and it saves time in training someone else.
On the other hand, there are some large organizations that are beginning to hire seasonal workers with long-term positions in mind. KC Blonski, director of leisure and retail markets at AchieveGobal notes, some “companies have shifted from simply wanting extra hands on deck to wanting someone who fits into the culture of the company and is able to uphold the brand and customer experience.” That means that before you even apply, you should research the organization, see whether they are planning to transition seasonal workers to long-term positions and whether they have a history of doing so. Chances are, if the company has done well throughout the year, they will turn some seasonal positions into long-term positions.
Ask the Right Questions During the Interview. Remember, you have the right to accept or turn down a job after an interview. So, you need to gather as much information about the position during the interview process as possible. As John Rossheim, Monster senior contributing writer, points out, there are questions you need to ask when you interview, so that you can determine just how much potential there is for a long-term position with the company.
He suggests you ask about the prospects of being offered permanent employment, how they will evaluate you, how you can demonstrate your value as a permanent employee, and the percentage of seasonal workers who are offered long-term positions. It’s important to keep in mind that the answers to these questions are just as important as the interviewer’s reactions to them – if they see the questions as “overly aggressive or out of place,” you may want to look elsewhere for your holiday job.
Be Aware of the Training Process. If your holiday job training consists of limited tasks or one department, there is a good chance that the position will remain seasonal. But, if the company cross trains you, it is more likely that your position has long-term potential, because you are gaining skills in several positions and becoming a more valuable employee.
There is no guarantee that your holiday job has long-term potential, but if you are straightforward with management and express your interest in gaining a long-term position, you have a better chance of staying on after the holiday season ends. Of course, your performance as a holiday worker will also strengthen the likelihood of your position turning into a long-term job, so be sure to arrive early, work hard, get to know management, and remain flexible with your availability so you stand out as an ideal choice for a new hire.
Erica Francis loves working with ReadyJob.org to teach young people how to get started in the job market. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, crocheting, and acting at her town’s community theater.