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5 tips to bagging a job over the festive season

Employers from many sectors look to hire people on a temporary basis in the run up to – and over – the Christmas period. These roles are a great way to build up your CV, make new contacts and learn new skills, as well as earning some extra cash for Christmas.

Festive jobs aren’t just a chance for some extra money, but can lead to a whole new career and they offer some great opportunities.

Employer and engagement manager Steve McCall’s gives his top tips for getting a seasonal job.

  1. You’re in the right place! Our job help pages have lots of information to support you in your job search. There’s advice on different types of jobs, including ones you might never have considered, and you’ll find tips on creating a stand-out CV and how to excel in an interview.  Check the latest jobs page for all the big recruitments we know about.
  2. And your local Jobcentre can help too, with insider knowledge about employers and vacancies in your area. Follow them on Twitter for the latest news, or talk to your work coach for extra help. You can also follow the @JCPJobsPlusMore Twitter account to learn more about national employment opportunities and career information.
  3. Research the employer thoroughly before you start. Whether a large multi-national or a micro business, knowing something about the company will demonstrate your commitment, and might show you’re interested in a permanent job.
  4. Show your ambition, display the right attitude and look ahead. It is true some temporary jobs will become permanent but even if they do not, you will get a reference, practical experience and examples you can take to the next job application.
  5. Be friendly, professional and always look smart. Even if your colleagues have a more ‘relaxed’ demeanour you should continue to maintain your professionalism. If you treat a temporary job like an extended interview and take your work seriously, you will look like a permanent member of staff and that you belong there. If you get into that mind-set from the start it will be noticed by your supervisor.

The Royal Mail has a number of roles available on a temporary basis and some opportunities supporting operational colleagues in Delivery Offices and Parcel Sort Centres across the UK. For more details visit the Royal Mail website.

UPS is hiring for a number of seasonal Driver Helper roles in addition to permanent delivery driver jobs. Find out more: Visit the UPS jobs website.

Tesco is hiring temporary colleagues over the Christmas period. To search and apply for a vacancy near you visit Tesco Careers website.

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