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Seasonal Work

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Businesses often need extra help during busy times like Christmas, summer holidays and school holidays. Although these jobs may only be for a limited period of time, there are plenty of part-time and full-time work opportunities during these busy times of the year.

These seasonal roles are a great way to build up your CV, make new contacts and learn new skills. Temporary roles can also lead to a whole new career. 

Check out seasonal vacancies on Find a Job (external website) – it’s also worth searching for ‘Christmas’ and ‘temporary’ jobs too. 

Benefits of seasonal work 

Seasonal work can give you the opportunity to: 

– Explore different  jobs to see if you want to make them your career in the long term 

– Learn new skills to make your experience stand out when applying for permanent jobs 

– Give yourself an advantage over other candidates who have no work experience at all  

– Find a new job and start earning quickly as employers often want to fill seasonal roles fast  

– Get your foot in the door to work for a particular company you are interested in. Sometimes seasonal or temporary jobs can lead to a permanent role when that becomes available. 

Winter Jobs  

Employers from many sectors look to recruit people on a temporary or permanent basis in the run up to Christmas. Recruitment can start as early as September but can run right into December. The earlier you start looking, the more options you’ll have.   

Most seasonal jobs available at this time of the year are in retail, hospitality and warehousing and distribution. Warehouse workers, postal workers, delivery drivers, waiters, shop assistants and gift wrappers are usually in great demand and these jobs will be available right across the country.  

Summer Jobs 

While some sectors have a slowdown in activity during the summer season, others are booming and look to recruit a high number of people to meet increased demand for their services. Recruitment can start as early as November or December, though some jobs may not be advertised until early Spring.  

The majority of seasonal jobs available at this time of the year are in the tourism, agricultural and education sectors. They are a great opportunity to learn new skills and make money at the same time. Many of these jobs will be in major tourist destinations, but some will be available right across the country. 

Tips for finding and making the most of a seasonal job  

Here are some top tips for securing a seasonal job: 

  1. Start Early: Begin your job search well in advance. Many employers start hiring for temporary Christmas positions in September, and for summer roles as early as November. The earlier you start looking, the more options you’ll have. 
  2. Update Your CV: Ensure your CV is up to date, highlighting any relevant skills or experience that would be valuable. 
  3. Online Job Search (external website): Use job search websites to search for seasonal job openings. Use relevant keywords like “holiday job,” “Christmas job,” or “seasonal employment.” 
  4. Company Websites: Check the websites of major retailers, delivery services, and local businesses for job postings. Many companies post seasonal job openings on their career or employment pages. 
  5. Seasonal Hiring Events: Many retailers host seasonal hiring events or job fairs. Keep an eye on local advertisements, social media and company websites to learn about these events. Attend these events to apply in person. 
  6. Networking: Let your friends, family, and professional contacts know that you’re looking for seasonal work. They might have insider information about job openings or be able to refer you to potential employers. 
  7. Visit Local Stores: Visit local stores and shopping centres in your area. Sometimes businesses post “Help Wanted” signs in their storefronts, or they may have paper applications available. 
  8. Flexibility: Be open to a variety of positions. During the holiday season, businesses often need extra help in various roles, including retail sales, customer service, warehouse work, delivery and more. 
  9. Prepare for Interviews: Be prepared to discuss your availability, relevant skills, and your enthusiasm for the role. Show a strong work ethic and a willingness to adapt to the needs of the employer during the seasonal rush. 
  10. Follow Up: After applying for seasonal jobs, follow up with potential employers to express your continued interest. A courteous follow-up email or phone call can make a positive impression. 

JobHelp has lots of information and advice to support you, for instance, if you need help planning your job search 

Check out the following pages for more information on sectors currently recruiting for seasonal workers: 

Farming and food production 

Home delivery 

Hospitality 

Food and Drink Manufacturing 

Retail

Warehousing and distribution 

Or contact your local Jobcentre Plus. They can help with insider knowledge about employers and vacancies in your local area. Follow them on social media for the latest news or talk to your Work Coach for extra help.