The run-up to Christmas is the busiest time of year for many shops, manufacturers, suppliers and transport companies – and many of them take on extra staff to cope. Taking a temporary Christmas job is a great way to boost your income in the weeks before the festive season. Whether it’s a full time Christmas job or a part-time position, there are plenty of options available in all sorts of roles.
Here we take a look at some of the typical Christmas jobs available for those looking for temporary work in the run-up to the festive period.
There are many national employers who advertise roles with workingmums.co.uk over the Christmas peak period, so a quick search on our jobs page should find opportunities in your local area.
You will find Christmas adverts from many major brands here, including John Lewis, WHSmith, Vodafone and Next.
Most businesses hire their Christmas staff throughout September and October. Bear in mind that these jobs can be very competitive and it can be worth applying for numerous opportunities for your best chance of landing a temporary Christmas job.
Typical Christmas jobs include sales assistants, customer services, delivery driving and warehouse jobs. There are also opportunities in hospitality such as bar work, waiting tables, kitchen duties and cleaning. Mail sorting is another well-known source of Christmas jobs.
The most important aspect for these employers is to find people who are happy to work the hours that they need to recruit for.
Flexibility throughout Christmas and New Year is crucial. You will need to pick up shifts and provide cover for fellow team members. That could mean having to work on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and sometimes Christmas Day.
Convey that flexibility in your job application and you should land yourself an interview. When you meet your potential employer, they will be looking for energy and enthusiasm and an appetite to learn. Take a look at typical interview questions to help you prepare.
For many Christmas jobs full training will be provided, so don’t worry too much about specific knowledge of the role.
The skills and experience you need will depend on the role, and the job advertisement will give you a steer on what they are looking for. Driving jobs, for example, often have a minimum age limit and some may require previous commercial experience.
Customer service is always a useful skill to demonstrate, so make sure your CV highlights any prior experience in this area – from answering the phone to manning a stall at the school fair! For CV tips take a look at this article.
You will often need to learn on the job, so employers will be looking for staff that can adapt quickly – think of examples where you have had to learn something new.
Often Christmas jobs involve working as part of a team, providing great customer service, and problem solving. Highlight these areas in your application and you will soon be snapped up for a Christmas vacancy.
Lots of people find that a temporary Christmas job turns into permanent employment, especially if they work hard and take on additional shifts or responsibilities. Building relationships with your team and your manager can work wonders.
A seasonal job is also a chance to get a feel for a certain job or company without the long-term commitment. The experience could help shape what you’re looking for in a job.