The leaves have begun to turn and drop, and before we know it, the holidays will arrive with all of the craziness and stress that tend to go hand-in-hand with the celebration of togetherness and thankfulness. If finding seasonal work tops your list, that doesn’t have to add to your worries, especially if you use a staffing agency to help you do the heavy lifting.
- First of all, start now. Think of it this way: If you search now, you get the pick of the jobs you’d prefer because employers haven’t filled the spots yet, and staffing agencies will have a wider variety of positions available. Plus, employers prefer to start hiring now as well, and applying now tells them you’re serious and dedicated about finding seasonal work. Those applying at the last minute get the positions that are leftover.
- Typically, many companies try to fill as many job openings as possible by the year’s end, so they work with recruiters to make that happen — which works in your favor. Quite a large chunk of hiring occurs in the last quarter of the year, especially with holiday rushes requiring more seasonal help. So if you work with an agency that’s been charged with helping a company fill its quota, you’ll be more likely to find the position you’re looking for.
- When you connect (or reconnect) with your staffing agent, help them to help you by having your resume updated, as well as letting them know what sort of opportunities you’re looking for while remaining flexible. The more you give your agent to work with, the better fit he or she will be able to help you find. Understand, as well, that various staffing agencies have working relationships with specific employers (or “clients”) which may help you find more work after the holidays, if that’s what you’re looking for. A positive report from your employer allows your agent to help you either stay on after the holidays, if the fit and timing are right, or return the following season.
You can search job boards and go to company websites to find holiday work, but working with a staffing agency will get you the extra help you need with resume and interview prep, as well as connect you with the companies not on the open market. Plus you build a relationship that can help you find work down the road. Reach out to the experienced recruiters at PrideStaff Thousand Oaks to learn more.