College Students and Christmas Break Jobs

College Students and Christmas Break Jobs
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    Christmas break will be here before you know it.

    Some colleges finish the semester up by the first week of Dec., beginning a five-week break before classes resume in mid-Jan.

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For those students desiring work while on break, the sooner you can make yourself available to potential employers, the more likely you will find work in time for Christmas and beyond.

Your Retail Options

Many retail outlets begin to hire before Thanksgiving and keep their temporary workers employed through the new year. Although holiday season sales are in full swing by the time that you are able to work, know that retailers will often adjust their hiring as Christmas nears.

If you are concerned that you may miss the chance for work, then contact the stores that interest you and express your interest in working for them. An in-the-know manager may be impressed by your desire and may hold a position for you. Or at least you may be able to pick up a few hours before Christmas and greater work afterwards as other part-time workers call it quits.

Contact a Former Employer

While retail jobs are on the rise in Nov. and Dec. there are other positions that may be available, but are generally not publicized. One option is for you to contact a one-time employer and convey your availability. Some companies welcome returning workers because they are already familiar with the business and have the experience needed to pitch in right away.

Keep in mind that for some businesses, employees must get in their vacation time before the year ends. With staffing levels reduced, you may be able to step in and help out. Get in touch with your former employer now and tell her about your availability.

Temporary Agencies

Businesses have been supplementing their regular work forces with temporary workers for years. These individuals step in to assist staff and have no expectation of either long term work or benefits. Temp workers often do the work no one else will touch, but they’ll get the job done nevertheless.

Contact several temp agencies in your area to gauge hiring for Dec. and Jan. Be prepared to explain your skills and offer to send in a resume and complete an application before school lets out for the semester. Get in good with a temp firm and you’ll be considered for future jobs down the road. It is also possible to go from temp to perm, if a job becomes available.

Odd Jobs Rule

With employment tight during the holiday season, you may find that taking odd jobs is the best course of action for you. For the industrious student, work awaits. But you will need some help finding it.

Alert your family and friends that you’ll be seeking odd jobs during your Christmas break. Be flexible here and you may find various positions including raking leaves, clipping bushes, shoveling snow, cleaning out gutters, painting a home’s interior and even pet sitting. Caring for children can bring in some good cash especially if you agree to give up your New Year’s Eve plans to watch the little ones. Price your rate high enough but not so high that others won’t want your business.

Flexibility is the Key

Those college students that demonstrate flexibility are more likely to find work. Consider the following jobs that may come up: Christmas tree stand worker, tutor, concession stand worker, dining room attendant, ticket sales agent, ski slope operator — the list goes on. Work is out there, you just may need some help from friends and family members to find it.

See AlsoHow to Balance Work and Your College Education

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