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Why you should look for temporary work this Christmas

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Matt Darvill Career Advice, Job Search, Recruitment...

Temporary Christmas vacancies are now being recruited for, and there are loads of reasons why taking a position over the festive period can help you now and in the future. Not only providing some financial security, but also teaching you new skills, and making you more employable once your assignment is over.

Financial

It’s no secret that Christmas is one of the more expensive times of the year, so any monetary assistance is really well received by anyone. Christmas temp work, particularly Driving and Warehouse positions, are often at a higher pay rate due to the necessity for new workers at this time of year. If you are willing and able to work on the holidays themselves, this can be paid at time and a half or even double time.

Training

You will very often receive some formal training at the start of your assignment. It is definitely worth making a note of any specific qualifications and their expiry dates. Training can also be more informal, and be in the form of general skills to help you succeed in the role. These skills are transferable; and will be a huge boost to your employability across a range of careers once the assignment itself has finished.

Experience

By taking a temp role, you will gain new skills, and develop existing ones all of which will help you in the future. Essential skills in most jobs are time management, communication and teamwork. All of these will be developed in the common roles that are available at this time of year, such as Factory and Warehouse.

Temp to Perm

Often, there are a few temp to perm positions available at the end of the assignments. If you work well in the role and fit in with the team, then it’s likely that you’ll be asked to stay full time. The company has invested a lot of time and training into you during the weeks the job has run for; so you’ll be able to start straight away, saving everyone time. If there are no opportunities to stay on permanently, it’s possible you will be asked to return during the next holiday period.

Preventing CV Gaps

By working over the festive period, you can avoid a potential gap on your CV that otherwise might stand out to a prospective recruiter in the future. You can justify the time you spent over the festive period for the reasons above (training and experience). This will also show your motivation and desire to work, something that will go down well with recruiters when you’re looking for work in the future.

Assessing an Industry

The time spent in a new role or industry will allow you to gauge your own interest and suitability for it. It may be a role you never considered before, but end up really enjoying. The industry may also pique your interest, and be something you’d like to spend more time in, or work in different areas of.

Temporary work at Christmas is extremely beneficial both short and long term, and can help clarify areas that you’d like to work in, and give you some useful experience and skills for your CV. If you’ve worked over the Christmas period in the past, let us know your experiences in the comments below.