The holidays are right around the corner. And you know what that means: gifts, gifts, and more gifts. And gifts cost money. So, why not make something extra to help out those holiday expenses? This is the perfect time of year to find a part-time job. Almost every store in your local mall should be hiring for seasonal help. Here are three benefits of working part-time during the holidays:
Many job seekers look for full-time employment after spending a year or more at temporary or part-time jobs, sometimes working for several different agencies or volunteering their services. On their resume, they worry these experiences make them seem like job hoppers or undesirable full-time employees. In fact, part-time, temporary or volunteer work, especially work in your field or that keeps your skills fresh, shows your dedication and flexibility. It may broaden your appeal to companies in industries you never considered before if you include them the right way on your resume. In your resume, group these jobs under one title to create a unified history. Perhaps you’ve worked at several part-time jobs in restaurants as a waiter; you could group that experience under Part-Time Work in Restaurant Industry. If you worked for a temporary or contract agency, list the companies you worked for under your group title (Contract Engineer)—not the agencies. The experience you are highlighting is the valuable experience of working for multiple industries. You might be able to group your temporary, contract or part-time jobs as Freelance or Consulting Positions. You are contributing your job skills in exactly that way: you go from one company to the next, complete each job efficiently and then move on again. As for volunteer positions, companies are very aware of the leadership skills, teamwork and commitment that volunteer work requires. Create a section of your resume for Community Service and give yourself credit. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
When we are unemployed, we have a lot of time to look for work. But, that doesn’t mean you should spend 40+ hours/week on job boards, at networking events, and so on. (Psst! Can’t get hired? Watch this free tutorial.) In fact, I tell job seekers all of the time to limit job search to two-hour blocks at a time. You just can’t look for work 8 hours per day. You need to take a break and come back to it. A good job search is about working smarter, not harder. With my approach, you’ll have some extra time you can invest in launching a hobby career.