Finding a Holiday Job

Every year at this time, tons of retailers prepare for holiday shoppers by hiring seasonal workers. For the typical college student, getting a holiday job is also an annual occurrence. So how do you find a prime holiday job? Here are some tips for a productive (and profitable) job search:

  • Get your head in the game: Having the right attitude about job searching is a critical step towards finding and landing a good holiday job. Treat your job search like it was a job — set aside a certain amount of time every day or every week towards doing the legwork, and stick to your schedule. This approach to job hunting will turn up more leads than you can imagine.
  • Decide what you want: It may seem silly, but before you start looking you should decide what kind of job you want (or don’t want). This will help you focus your efforts and target the right places to look. Don’t go to the mall, for example, if you’re looking for an office position. Do go to the mall, though, if you’re a people person and want lots of contact with customers.
  • Don’t waste time: Most holiday positions are posted and filled within a couple of weeks. If you wait too long to get started, you’ll be (literally) left out in the cold. Get started ASAP before all the best jobs are taken by your friends!
  • Network your brains out: With apologies to job search boards like Monster and such, the vast majority of jobs are filled by somebody who knows somebody who’s looking. Tell your family and friends (both in your social media places and in the ‘real’ world) what you’re looking for, and find out if any of them are looking too. With all of those eyes peeled for your ideal job, it’s bound to turn up soon.
  • Look to your future: If you have an idea of what you want to be when you graduate, try to get a taste of that now. Holidays can be among the most stressful times of the year where you work, and if you can handle that then the rest of the year should be a breeze. At the very least, you can see whether your choice was a good one or that you need to reconsider your career path.
  • Be positive: Walk into the establishment dressed appropriately and, with confidence, ask if they have anything available. Be prepared to fill out numerous applications, and don’t get discouraged. Remember, your job search is a job in itself, and a job you hope to lose as quickly as possible. Enjoy yourself!

Bottom line, you’ll need to knock on many doors before you find a position. In the end, your reward will be your paycheck, your experiences, and the satisfaction of a job well done. (The store discount isn’t bad either…)


Professor Cram