Over the recent Christmas season I was employed as holiday help and am still in the job through the end of January. I took this job on a lark but I have found I really have a knack for retail and working with customers and I want to get a permanent job in this field.
What can I do? What are my chances? Thanks for any suggestions.
The Career Doctor responds:
I think holiday work is a lot like temp work in that it’s a great opportunity for job-seekers to get a foot in the door. Yes most holiday workers are hired only with the promise of working for a certain amount of time but by making a name for yourself during those short months you are on the job you may be able to turn that holiday position into something permanent.
What are some tips for making a name for yourself?
- Be dependable. Know your schedule and always show up on time. Tell your
supervisor that you are available in a pinch if there’s a need.
- Do the work. Show that you are not just working the job to make some holiday
cash but instead there to help the company.
- Network within the company. Get to know all the managers — and make
sure they know your strengths.
- Look the part. Companies like Abercrombie even admit to hiring people who look like their customers (like they belong at the store).
- Be the problem-solver. Whenever there is a problem that needs to be resolved volunteer to help solve the problem.
- Avoid the grapevine. Spending too much time gossiping about fellow co-workers is one of the sure ways to make a name for yourself – in the totally WRONG way.
- Don’t overdo the employee discount. Sure the discount is there for you to use – and it’s a great win-win to have the extra income AND get a discount just don’t go crazy with it.
Read more tips and suggestions in this article published on Quintessential Careers: Converting your Seasonal Job to a Permanent Position: Tips for Success.