All I Want for Christmas: Our guide to landing a seasonal job
Offering a perfect opportunity to add key skills to your CV, seasonal work will come in very handy when you look for permanent positions. It will also give you a head start and may even help you decide what sort of career you wish to pursue in the future.
Temporary Seasonal Jobs
Whatever type of role you’re after, temping is one of the fastest growing employment sectors in the country and as such, the range of available positions has increased significantly. Use the search box on the job boards or let the jobs come to you by uploading your CV.
Seasonal Retail Jobs
Between 25% and 50% of total annual retail sales take place during the holidays and companies are already hiring additional staff to help cover the busy seasonal winter period.
If you’re interested in a retail seasonal job, walk around your local mall or town – many stores will have ‘help wanted’ signs in their window. In particular, try approaching larger stores like Argos, Boots and Marks & Spencer who usually have seasonal vacancies.
Alternatively, if you love children, acting as Santa or his little elf helper could be a fun job. Garden centres, shopping malls and larger shops will often have vacancies for someone to give out presents to children and have a talk with them or to pose for photographs by the grotto. These Christmas jobs are usually advertised in the local job and employment centres, the vacancies board in the larger shops or in local newspapers.
With the deluge of boxes, parcels and gifts during the winter festivities, the post office and package delivery services are always in need of some extra hands, including drivers and handlers. Royal Mail and FedEx have a searchable database of jobs you can apply for online.
Outdoor Seasonal Jobs
If another Christmas in the UK isn’t appealing to you, ski resorts hire extra help for the holiday and winter season. Typical positions include ski instructors, hotel and restaurant staff, cooks and maintenance people. And most facilities include accommodation and discounted lift tickets.
Interested in skiing? Try visiting Season Workers and Ski Jobs to see the variety of roles available. Also review hospitality, travel and outdoor job listings. You’ll most likely find that many of the jobs in these career fields are seasonal by nature.