The holiday season is upon us once again, including hundreds of available seasonal jobs in the retail industry. Many people question whether they should apply for seasonal jobs or not, considering the fact that they have a built-in termination date, but there are several advantages to seasonal employment:

1) Money. If you are having financial difficulties, the obvious “pro” to a seasonal job is income! Sometimes you need to “do what you have to do” to make ends meet, and a seasonal job is an excellent way to generate income in a short period of time. Furthermore, depending on where you get a job, you may be entitled to some employee discounts just in time for the holidays!

2) Permanent Job Potential. Performing at your best while employed as a seasonal employee often times leads to permanent employment. If you are interested in your seasonal job as an actual career, make sure to earn a reputation as an “overachiever” to solidify your chances of being hired permanently.

3) Flexibility. Seasonal jobs come in both full-time and part-time variants, so if you have limited availability, a seasonal job might be a good option. Keep in mind, however, that the only reason you were hired is to provide help during the busiest shopping season of the year, so do not expect to get a seasonal job with Thanksgiving/Black Friday, Christmas/Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve/Day off.

4) Knowledge. If you have ever wanted to increase your knowledge of the retail industry, or “test drive” a job to see how you like it, seasonal jobs offer you those opportunities. You can also use this opportunity to earn a good reference for your next employment endeavor. 

5) Networking. Even if your seasonal employment comes to an end without a permanent hire offer, you have still increased your professional network. Connect with your current and past coworkers on LinkedIn to maintain communication and possibly land yourself a new job in the future.

6) Resume Help. Rather than letting a large employment gap manifest itself on your resume, consider applying for a seasonal job. Employers do not like seeing gaps on your resume, and a seasonal job is a way to keep your resume effective while simultaneously making money and receiving employee discounts.

By Drew Roark