Whether you wrapped presents in the mall or were a lifeguard last summer, you probably have worked at least one seasonal position in your career.
Seasonal work is a great way to gain experience, make some extra cash, and close large gaps in employment.
Here are three things every job seeker should consider when writing about seasonal work on a resume:
1. Take note.
Pretend you're an employer looking through a resume. What would you think if the resume's most recent position lasted from December to January? You'd probably think that the candidate was fired or was flaky and ditched the position.
When writing seasonal positions into your resume, be sure to include "seasonal" in the title or at least the description. This tells the employer that you didn't flake; your position was just temporary.
2. Find the pros (not the cons).
Unless you're in high school, you might not think that a seasonal position is something worth being proud of or putting on your resume. Sure, the position was temporary, but there are a lot of pros associated with seasonal work. Seasonal jobs require a considerable amount of adaptability and flexibility, not to mention a strong work ethic.
3. Seek a path
Your position may have ended, but your time with the company ends when you choose. Companies are far more likely to hire folks who have worked for them before. After all, you know the ropes!
If you enjoyed working for a company, create your own path with them or one of their associate companies, who will be able to use existing information about you. Maintain relationships with managers and co-workers so that you have an edge when applying for full time employment.
What do you think? Have you ever worked seasonally? How have you included this information on your resume? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Sean Weinberg is the COO and co-founder of RezScore, a free Web application that reads, analyzes, and grades resumes -- instantly. Also the founder of Freedom Resumes, Weinberg has dedicated his career to helping job seekers write the best possible resumes. You can connect with Sean and the RezScore team on Facebook and Twitter.
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