The period between October and January is historically a highlight of any high street’s calendar, with seasonal shoppers out and about in earnest, opening hours extended, bars and restaurants full to the brim, and offers galore to tempt us into parting with our money – all of which leads to a multitude of temping opportunities just on the doorstep.
So in the run-up to the festive period, what could you find out there to assist with your career?
Food & Beverage Assistants – With the Christmas Party season in full swing starting as early as November; restaurants, bars and even coffee shops catering for those busy shoppers will be getting busier. Experience in this area is not necessarily a pre-requisite, but you must be willing to get “stuck in”, be on your feet for long shifts, often cover late shifts and provide excellent customer service at all times – suitable for any “people person”.
Retail Assistants – Seasonal positions become available as early as October, and you will find that most larger retail outlets in the town such as Argos, Boots, Tesco or any of the other large supermarkets may be looking for sales assistants to help them over a peak period. Flexibility will be key in these areas, so get your CV prepared and drop them in.
Remember, that wherever you work and whatever duties you perform, you should be paid at least minimum wage, so make sure you know your rights – more information on the minimum wage can be found on the HMRC website – www.hmrc.gov.uk.
From retail to catering, jobseekers of all ages and experience levels can benefit from the opportunities that appear at this time of the year, whether that be a way to earn a little extra cash at an expensive time of year, or maybe using it as a starting point to kick start a new career – learn new skills and enhancing your CV in the process. Seasonal temp work is not just about making extra cash, these positions could lead to something more permanent in the future, so professionalism is your ultimately goal.