Christmas Break Jobs for College Students

Christmas Break Jobs for College Students
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    College students across the country are getting ready for Christmas break, with final exams held this week for some schools and as late as the days leading up to the holiday for other schools.

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If your time off allows you to seek employment, the calendar can work in your favor. Temporary jobs are available — you just need to know where to look for them. Read on and we will look at four employment options for this December and January.

1. Christmas help. Though most retail outlets have Christmas staff in place by Thanksgiving, not every store has stopped looking for qualified applicants. Some retailers have underestimated holiday traffic and are in short supply. Check with your local big retailer such as WalMart, K-Mart, Best Buy and Target for available positions. Some stores will keep you through the holidays and may need you to conduct inventory in January.

2. Odds jobs. Your schedule may be such that working set or highly unpredictable hours can make it difficult for you to hold down steady employment, even temporarily. Instead, if you are a handy person with a rake, a saw and lawn mower, ask your neighbors if they need help with fall clean up. Time-pressed homeowners may welcome the extra set of hands to trim bushes, rake leaves and even to hang Christmas decorations. Make yourself available on New Year’s Eve too for high paying sitting gigs.

3. Temp agencies. If you have done office work in the past, an employment agency specializing in temporary workers is a good place to look for work. Some offices are thinly staffed around the holidays and could use an extra set of hands to help out. Parlay your customer service and computer skills into a temporary gig, one that might lead to longer employment next summer if you do a stellar job.

4. Previous employers. If you have worked at a retail outlet, a restaurant or other place of business before you went off to college, your former supervisor may welcome your return. You already have the experience and are familiar with the way the business operates. Your good work skills, dedication and enthusiasm were important attributes in the past, characteristics a business owner may welcome during the holiday season and beyond.

Holiday Cheer

Whether you are able to snag work for a few days or a few weeks, the job you get can help you prepare for work beyond college. Hone your skills and serve up your best effort — a happy employer is also a valuable source for a job recommendation.

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