Every year in retail, in the months leading up to the festive season, retailers and businesses of all kinds start their search for extra help to get through the busy period. Some people apply for Christmas casual positions to earn money while their usual workplaces are closed during the Christmas break, while others are trying to secure their first-ever role or an additional one to make more money while they can.
Here are just four of the reasons why you should consider applying for Christmas casual positions this festive season – it’s not too late!
Earn more with public holidays and longer shifts
Working the public holidays during the Christmas and New Year period as a casual means being paid more per hour than any other time of the year. A lot of the permanent workers and even some of the other Christmas casuals don’t want to put in more effort than necessary, so you’ll often have chances to pick up extra shifts and work longer hours.
Building up savings or paying off debt are common goals for people looking for Christmas casual work to supplement their current income. Even if this will be your first job and you don’t continue with the business after the festive period, it’s still a great way to get some money behind you.
Find roles that will help you get ahead in your desired career
Sometimes you need to get creative when considering which Christmas casual positions to apply for. If you really think about the skills you’d learn in the role and how they could help you get your foot in the door in your chosen industry, you’ll see that you can get invaluable experience from a variety of roles. It’s all about developing your skills and translating them to the field you want to work in, even if you haven’t worked in that specific industry before. These are called transferable skills, which you can read more about here.
Try out a different industry
With a lot less commitment than a permanent position, a Christmas causal role is a great way to test the waters and see if you’ll actually enjoy a career you’ve been considering. In what’s usually the busiest period of the year, you’ll be thrown right into the fire and have to quickly adapt to the new role. This is a great way to see if you can cope with the position even under pressure and decide whether it’s the career path for you. You also get to make connections and have a front-row seat to the day-to-day operations of the industry.
It could lead to a permanent role
Occasionally, if they are really impressive and excel in their roles, one or more of the Christmas casuals employed by a business will be offered a permanent position, whether part-time or full time. If you’re wanting to get your foot in the door and work your way up the ladder, it can be worth taking the chance that a Christmas casual position offers for getting into your chosen industry. And even if you don’t get selected to stay on after the festive season, you’ve still built up your skillset, gotten experience, and hopefully made some valuable connections to help you in the future.
Christmas casual work is more beneficial than you may think
While it’s only natural to crave stability and permanency, sometimes we have to let go of that idea so that we’re open to the opportunities we would have otherwise not considered. Christmas casual positions can lead to landing a full time or part-time position in your chosen industry and provide invaluable networking and upskilling opportunities. To supplement your current income or make money while your usual job is closed for the season, casual Christmas roles have a lot to offer people of different ages, backgrounds and career goals.
Many companies are still hiring for these positions, so if you want to polish your cover letter and resume to give yourself the best chance of being hired, get in touch with us here at Resumes To You. We can also help craft application documents that highlight the transferrable skills you’ve gained during previous festive seasons. Whatever help you need applying for that role, ResumesToYou can help.