It’s the time of year when companies everywhere start gearing up for the holidays by hiring seasonal workers. From the retail industry to hospitality and manufacturing, employers are stocking up on good employees who can help get them through one of the busiest seasons of the year.
Macy’s for example, has a website decked with holiday job opportunities, inviting jobseekers to “Be a part of the Magic.” And, just this week, the United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) announced plans to hire up to 95,000 seasonal employees, nearly double the amount they hired in 2013.
Seasonal Jobs Really Can Lead to Full-Time Employment
For many years, career advice blogs and media outlets like Movin’ On Up, CareerBuilder, and Forbes have shared information and tips with job seekers on how a seasonal, temporary job can lead to full time employment. Now, businesses are openly acknowledging the importance these jobs can have on future hiring decisions.
In their announcement Tuesday, UPS shared that “seasonal jobs have long served as an entry point for permanent employment.” Last year when Amazon announced they planned to hire 70,000 workers for the holidays, they also stated that thousands of those workers were expected to go on to become regular staffers. In fact, a 2013 CareerBuilder study found that nearly half of all U.S. employers surveyed said they planned to transition some of their seasonal workers to full-time permanent staff, up 10% from the previous year.
Seize Every Opportunity
A seasonal job really can lead to permanent employment, but even if it doesn’t, it’s still an opportunity filled with endless possibilities. It can be an opportunity to grow and learn, a chance to add to your resume, a way to earn a paycheck or a little extra money during one of the most financially stressful times of the year. Maybe it’s an opportunity that will lead to a life-long friendship or maybe it helps you decide what you want to do with your life. For comedian David Sedaris, his two-time stint as a Christmas elf may not have been glamorous or even a fun experience, but the stories he walked away with helped launch his career as a humorist and best-selling author.
Embrace the opportunities that come your way today; you never know what they will bring you, or where they could take you.
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