By Tony Morrison
'Tis the season to be... hired?
It's already October and we all know what that means: leaves changing colors, daylight savings, and the beginning of back-to-back holidays.
Whether you trick-or-treat, serve turkey, light the menorah, or chop down your own Christmas tree, there is a seasonal job out there for you.
What is so great about seasonal employment?
First, seasonal work is great because it's temporary. Typically, you can expect to work between one and three months. The temporary nature of these jobs is great for folks who don't know exactly what they want to do for the rest of their career. Think of a seasonal job as a sample of a specific profession. Additionally, if you are planning to travel or go back to school soon, you won't have to worry about ditching a new job right after getting hired.
Second, it's hard to get hired anywhere, so mass hiring during the holidays can end a long job search dry spell. A stellar seasonal employee is the natural go-to person for companies looking to hire someone on permanently.
Check out: Unemployed? 4 Seasonal Jobs to Look Out For
How can I get in on a seasonal job?
While it still feels like December is a long ways off, companies are hiring their seasonal help now. Retailers, temp agencies, holiday-specific businesses, and the food-service industry all fill the majority of their seasonal positions around October.
Ask around your professional network for helpful leads or referrals. If you've exhausted that, do some research and determine which companies are hiring that are ideal for you. For retail stores, the best strategy is to turn in an application along with your resume to a working manager. Don't turn it in to any associate on the floor, that's the fastest way to the circular file!
What do you think? What other seasonal employment options are there for job seekers? In what other ways could seasonal jobs be valuable to you?
Hiring For The Holidays
Tony Morrison is the Vice President at Cachinko, a unique professional community where social networking and job opportunities come together. His roles include sales, marketing, and business development. He is passionate about building B2B and B2C client relationships and brings this passion to Cachinko where he focuses on helping job seekers to find their ideal job and employers to find, attract, and engage their next rock star candidates. Find him on Twitter and Talent Connection. And, connect with Cachinko on Facebook or Twitter.