Your seasonal position at an East Texas business got you through the holidays and put some much-needed cash in your pocket. However, January will be here before you know it. Your employer was clear about the fact he or she would slow down after Christmas, and your job was only temporary. Now is the time to start planning ahead.
Get Ready Early
You’re still busy with your seasonal job, and you don’t have a lot of time to run around East Texas filling out applications and dropping off resumes. But if you don’t want a long stretch of unemployment between this job and the next, don’t wait until the ball drops and the holiday decorations are taken down to start looking for your next job. Here’s a list of tasks for December:
- Update your resume to include your current position. Add skills you learned on the job.
- Draft a cover letter you can tailor to each employer when you start to apply.
- Ask someone you know and trust to proofread your resume and cover letter.
- If you developed a good relationship with your manager at your place of seasonal employment, ask for a reference.
- Check the rest of your reference list to make sure it still contains the best reference choices and gives correct information for contacting them.
- Go through your social media posts and make sure there’s nothing you wouldn’t want potential employers to see.
- If you have a LinkedIn profile, update it with achievements, advancements, new skills and experience.
During the holidays you set aside time to be with family and friends. When they ask how you’re doing and what you’ve been up to, be open with them about the transition you’re facing and what your ideal job looks like. You’ll get practice articulating your experience, skills and goals that will come in handy later during interviews. Plus, they might be connected to someone who is already looking for a candidate with your skills.
Make a Wish List
This one isn’t a letter to Santa, it’s a list of the types of positions you’d like to have (for which you qualify) and the companies you’d like to work for. Once your seasonal position is over and you no longer have a steady paycheck on the way, you might be tempted to apply with anyone who will pay you. However, if you can find a job that’s the right fit, you might never have to be in the jobless and hunting position again.
When you know soon you won’t be accountable to your manager, there’s a temptation to give less than your best. After all, before long they won’t be offering you incentives for good behavior or disciplinary action if you do something wrong.
Instead of just coasting through the rest of the season, go above and beyond. Your initiative might convince your employer to make your temporary position into a more permanent one. If they can’t afford to keep you, you’ll still leave a good impression and earn a positive reference.
Start Your Job Hunt
At Brelsford Personnel, we have temp-to-hire and permanent jobs to fill every season of the year.
Search our job board, then submit your resume online today.