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Resource: Career Advice
Becoming a Full-Time Worker With Your Seasonal Job
Friday, December 14, 2012

Seasonal jobs are abundant during the holidays to keep up with rising demands in retail and consumer spending. People strapped for cash look forward to this time of year and with all the employment opportunities that come with it.

The major downside to seasonal jobs is that they come with expiration dates. That doesn't always mean that they won't need help after the holiday season is over.

Typically, seasonal jobs don't allow for much growth since employees have specific expectations. But depending on the need to hang onto another worker or two, some companies may select those that demonstrated a good work ethic to stay on permanently. If you're aiming to be one of these part-time to full-time workers, here are some tips to help you stand out of the crowd:

Do more than you have to. Exceeding expectations is the number one way to make an outstanding impression. When your job may be as a cashier or a stock room worker, employers can only expect you to carry out the task they hired you for.

By showing them that you want to take on more responsibilites such as filling in for someone in a different department or working an extra shift, you're telling them that this is more than a job to you. Employers always want people on their team who are more than willing to give 100% effort no matter what kind of work it is.

Offer to stay later and show that you want to be there. Ask to learn new things and help out others even when they don't ask. When employers need all the help they can get, let him see that you are the big help they've looking for.

Now of course everyone would prefer to have the holidays off to spend time with their families. That's kind of the catch about holiday jobs. There's more to go around because there are more people with time off to go out and spend money. That's part the sacrifice you make when you take seasonal job. While everyone is fighting to get prime holiday dates off, step up to the plate and make yourself available. Your boss will remember the time you made his life that much easier.

On top of all, let it be known to your boss that you want to stay. Don't simply mention it passing. Set up a time to talk and remind him occassionally. There's a good chance that being busy will lead him to forget.

If even after all your efforts there is still no chance of you making a full-time position happen, don't give up. Sometimes, the budget just doesn't allow for taking on additional full-time employees right after the holidays. Revisiting them later though is an option you will have. Establishing a good reputation at any company can always be used to your advantage.