There's no doubt that we're still feeling the effects of an economic crunch that began years ago when the housing bubble burst. While we're seeing consistent signs of a turn around, companies are still cautious about adding new jobs. This can make landing a job difficult, especially for college students and recent college grades.
Despite the tightening of the belt by companies, many are still adding new jobs during the holiday season to keep up with an increase in business due to seasonal spending around the U.S. If you're thinking about grabbing up a seasonal holiday job, here are a few points to consider as you weigh the pros and cons
Benefits of Getting a Holiday Job
• Seasonal jobs can be a source of income - especially important if job prospects are slim for you or you're still enrolled and need additional income
• Taking a holiday job outside your area of study can provide you with new skills and experience
• A holiday job will fill gaps in your resume if you've already graduated and are looking for full time employment
•Even short term holiday work can provide you professional references to add to your resume
•Depending on your career goals, seasonal work could lead to a full time job offer
•Any job, even seasonal work, provides networking opportunities that could lead to a better job offer down the road
Cons to Getting a Holiday Job
•Depending on the hours you work, a seasonal job could take away from your full-time job hunting and potentially lead to missed opportunities if you can't take time off for an interview
•While padding your resume, if the experience isn't relevant to your field of study it could be ignored by a prospective employee in your field of choice
•Holiday jobs are typically lower income jobs for stressful and challenging work
•Some seasonal jobs don't offer flexible work schedules, which could present a challenge if you have another job or are still attending classes.
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