We talk a lot on this show about how to find a seasonal job during the holidays. Is it possible to turn that seasonal job into a full-time job? The answer is YES. According to The Wall Street Journal, some temporary workers are offered jobs when the holidays are over, and what started out as a way to make some extra money could turn into a great new career! For example, one man mentioned in the article started as a driver’s helper over the holidays at UPS. He was then hired as a part-timer. Today, he’s a full-time manager of a UPS distribution center! According to Steve Mullins, who’s a recruiter for Michaels – the arts and crafts supplies store – about 10% of the seasonal workers they hire are asked to stay after the holidays. So how can you turn a seasonal job into full-time work? Here are a few tips:
- You need a company to give you a seasonal job! To be more attractive to employers, offer to work flexible hours – including evenings and weekends. Mullins says that the more availability you have, the better your chances of getting hired and getting more hours.
- Another way to stand out: Send a thank you note to the person who interviewed you. A lot of seasonal candidates don’t do this!
So if you get a seasonal job. How can you increase your chances of turning it into a full-time job? First, tell them you’re interested in full time work after the holidays, and talk about any skills you have that would be useful to the company. Career experts say you should work hard and volunteer to take on extra duties. For example, when one woman mentioned in the article got a seasonal job at Michaels, she went out of her way to impress managers by volunteering to do things like make crafts out of store products for display. That was 23 years ago, and she’s been with the company ever since. If you’re looking for a seasonal job, try the website snagajob.com.