Christmas is coming.
Shops are piled high with an array of Christmas goodies, Christmas songs can be heard from afar, Secret Santa will be making his way around work places over the next few months and not forgetting that it is sure cold outside!
Christmas is an expensive time. The presents, the food and Christmas parties and gatherings all start to add up leaving us all poor come January (hence the January blues). If you have not considered a Christmas job in the past, this may change your mind.
There are many perks to having a Christmas job over the festive period. Here are the top 5 to consider:
1- Extra dosh
Of course money is at the top of the list. It will help ease the expensive strain on gift giving and help line your pockets for the following months. Finding a part-time Christmas job is a great way to supplement your regular income while also building up your CV.
2- Learn new skills
In most cases, you will receive training from your employer whether it be greeting customers, till-training, or even window displays. In any job, there are always new skills to take away with you. It may be adapting quickly to a new environment, coping well under pressure or dealing with complaints. All of which are good skills to have. The job may also give you the opportunity to mix with an array of different people, from different backgrounds and ethinic groups.
In any situation, it is always good to network and meet new people. It may open up doors later down the line or create friendships that may have not otherwise come about. Working in different industries also provides the platform to meet people from different departments and organisations.
4. Flexible hours
Unlike most jobs, roles around Christmas offer flexible hours and shift work. This can allow you to have the time to get your Christmas shopping down and to catch up with family and friends over a minced pie. Depending on the hours, you may be entitled to extra money too – every little helps. Before agreeing to a Christmas job, be sure to find out the hours available and let them know in advance which hours you can work to ensure it is the right fit for both parties. You don’t want to be calling in ‘sick’ or letting the new employer down because you don’t want to be working every evening over the weekends.
5. Opportunity for permanent work
If this Christmas job is the only job you have then it may lead to a permanent position after. Employers are always on the look out for top talent and if you make a good impression they may want to keep you on. Failing that, it’s always a place you can go back to during holidays and breaks for extra money. Be sure to try your best, complete the work to a high standard and be opened minded about who you may meet and what you may learn – you never know where it may lead.
Whether you are a student looking for some holiday work, are unemployed looking to learn new skills to add to your CV, or simply wanting to earn some extra money, then a Christmas job may be for you.