Whether you’ve made it a holiday tradition or you just enjoy the extra income, part-time employment during the holidays is very common. While hiring for part-time seasonal employment is in full-effect, the unemployed and currently employed alike are applying for seasonal jobs.
This year, the National Retail Federation‘s annual report projected the hiring of between 585,000 and 625,000 temporary retail workers for the holiday season. The total number of temporary hires will be around 700,000 nationwide for this holiday season. If those numbers sound good to you, it’s time to start applying because most companies began their hiring as early as September.
There’s also more good news for those who’ve been hired for part-time seasonal employment: several retailers are planning to hire a portion of their temporary workforce on as permanent employees after the holiday season. But you’ll need a plan-of-attack if you’re hoping to turn your holiday position into something more permanent.
Turn your temporary job into a full-time opportunity with these approaches:
Express Your Interest
Don’t wait until the end of the holiday season to express you desire to be hired as a full-time employee of the company. Be straightforward with your employer from the beginning that you desire a permanent position. This will take more than a single firm statement during your interview. It’s your job to show your employer that you’re highly motivated to make yourself a valuable, long-term part of the company.
Impress The Right People
It’s imperative to immediately identify the co-workers, managers, and other company employees on which you want to leave a positive lasting impression. Seek out the company decision makers and be sure to build a professional relationship with them. Express your enthusiasm for your position and the company by going above and beyond with your day-to-day work. Be sure to let these key people know your future goals and interests align well with the company.
Work Like You’ve Already Been Hired Full-Time
Treat your part-time position like a full-time job from day one. Express your commitment to the position by being flexible, dependable, and a problem-solver. Your position was created to make sure the company runs like a well-oiled machine through the crazier times of the year, which means your co-workers and managers are relying on you.
The productivity of many seasonal workers tends to fizzle out toward the end of their time with the company. Stand out by remaining positive and optimistic about your future and leaving a lasting impression your managers. When it comes to hiring from temporary to full-time, your managers will recall your attitude and diligence.
Although full-time positions aren’t guaranteed to be created from part-time seasonal jobs, job seekers are looking optimistic at this year’s predictions. Putting in the extra effort could mean a belated holiday gift for your career.
Have you worked a seasonal job that turned into full-time employment?
About the Author: Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for organizations with products that target job seekers and/or employers.