Christmas casual jobs aren’t just for Santa. The job market is full of opportunities over the holiday period. You can earn extra cash, build up your resume and boost your chances of full time employment with a holiday job.
A lot of Christmas casual jobs are in retail. For some people the thought of listening to shopping centre Christmas songs on a never-ending loop is a total nightmare.
If you are one of those people, the good news is many types of businesses are looking for an extra helping hand over the holidays in industries like:
- stock control and replenishing
- postal delivery and logistics
Just put Christmas in the keyword section on any job website, including jobactive, to see what jobs are on offer.
No experience required
Quite a few Christmas casual jobs are entry level jobs, which means you do not necessarily need any qualifications or experience. That makes it a good option if you're just starting out, coming back after a long break from work, or trying to get into a different industry.
Australia Post hires thousands of extra staff each year to make sure Christmas cards, presents and packages are delivered on time. Most of these jobs don't require anything other than for you to be available and physically capable of doing the work.
Large retail chains usually have a specific way of doing things and will put you through training so you know what they expect from you.
Build transferable skills
People have been know to slightly lose their minds during the holidays, not to mention the after Christmas sales.
No matter the industry, if you work during the silly season you will gain a bunch of new skills to add to your resume, like:
- time management
- conflict resolution
- customer service
- cash handling
- working under pressure
You'll also have plenty of examples of how you applied those skills that you can talk about during job interviews.
Meet people through a Christmas casual job
When you're out of work, you can feel a little isolated. You know things are bad when you realise you spend more time with Ellen, Maury and Dr Phil than you do real life flesh and blood people.
Christmas casual jobs open up your social circles and let you meet new people. In many jobs you will be interacting with customers, and you can build connections with your co-workers.
Stay in touch with the people you meet while you're working a holiday job if you can. As they say, it's not what you know it's who you know, and lots of jobs are still filled through word of mouth and informal networks.
Plus, the start of a new year is when people make changes in their lives, like moving to a new town. If you're working casually over the holidays it is easier to slide in and nab a permanent job when a co-worker leaves.
And don't forget volunteering
Another option to build your skills and give back to the community is a volunteering position. Many charities and not-for-profits need help over the festive period to:
- wrap gifts
- deliver presents to kids in need
- serve food in soup kitchens
Volunteering also helps build your transferable skills and can lead to a paid position.
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