On the eighty-eighth entry of the newly-rebranded TAP In with Tristan, our incredible host Tristan Layfield talks about seasonal employment. The pandemic has left people without jobs or in financial binds. With the holidays right around the corner, if you find yourself in those situations you might start entertaining the idea of a seasonal job. Listen to the full tip to hear a couple things you should consider during the process!
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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. This week let’s talk about seasonal employment.
The pandemic has left people without jobs or in financial binds. With the holidays right around the corner, if you find yourself in those situations you might start entertaining the idea of a seasonal job. Before you go out and get one, there’s a couple of things you should consider.
Start by understanding if the opportunity is short-term and part-time or full-time because this something that may affect unemployment benefits. You also want to keep in mind that many temporary roles also don’t come with health care and retirement benefits.
Next, you want to get a clear understanding of what you want from a seasonal job so you can be more strategic. If you want to improve or brush up on your customer service skills, look for companies that are known for their customer service. If you’re looking to get into logistics or operations, you might want to focus on companies known for this logistics and operations like Amazon or even Apple.
In many seasonal roles, you’re going to receive little training. So if you’re looking to turn this seasonal gig into a full-time role you’re going to have to pick up on the job quickly. You want be punctual, reliable, and as flexible as possible with your schedule. You should also network with people in management or leadership while you’re there. Understand how the company moves and what they’re looking for and look for more permanent roles while you’re a seasonal employee.
If you’re still looking to transition into a full-time position elsewhere, don’t forget to network with your coworkers. With many people out of work, there will be people who are likely to get hired elsewhere. Building relationships with those people can definitely help you in the long run. Also, take some time to reflect on the skills you’re learning and exercising to understand how they relate to where you’re trying to go. Showcase how the temporary role helped bolster existing skills or helped you gain new skills on your resume and LinkedIn and during your interviews.
Seasonal jobs can get you some extra money, help boost some of your skills, and be a gateway to more permanent roles. You just have to be clear on what you want from the beginning and put a strategy in place.
Thanks for tapping in with me this week. Talk to you next week, same time, same place.
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