5 Simple Steps For Landing A Seasonal Job During The Holidays

*guest post by Erica Francis

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5 Simple Steps for Landing a Seasonal Job During the Holidays

Interested in a little extra cash this holiday season? A seasonal job is a great way to buffer a period of unemployment or offset your spending on gifts. It might even be just what you need to get your foot in the door for a more permanent position of employment. Check out these tips to help you land the perfect position this holiday season!

1. Consider if a Seasonal Job Right for You

Before you start searching for seasonal work, go over the pros and cons with yourself. On top of making some extra money, seasonal jobs can get you big discounts on holiday purchases and help you build up your resume for future job searches. But the work doesn’t come without its drawbacks. Many seasonal jobs offer low pay and little training so they may not be great options if you’re looking to advance your career. Additionally, you have to be ready to accept a tough schedule, which may involve working during evenings and weekends. This can conflict with travel plans and reduce your free time to spend with friends and family,

2. Take a Look at Your Options

Not all seasonal jobs are retail positions. Although you may be happy to fill in at the mall during the holiday rush, you have other options. Customer service representatives, social media assistants and seasonal recruiters are in high demand during the holiday season. Additionally, seasonal decorators and event planners are highly sought after by stores, offices, and homeowners alike. You may even want to consider personal gift shopping or working as a professional Santa. If you aren’t interested in a holiday position, pet sitting might be a great option for you. Many people travel during the holidays and need someone who can tend to their pets while they’re away.

3. Start Searching for Opportunities

Care.com recommends seeking out work that you enjoy rather than taking the first job that comes along. You can find hidden career opportunities by looking for entry-level positions in a field that you enjoy. If you’re interested in fashion, try applying for work in a clothing store. If you like journalism, start with a job at the library. Try to network as much as possible by talking to friends, family, and even strangers who may be able to help you get a lead on a job. Reach out to people online and be sure to meet them in person to establish valuable relationships. Volunteering in your community during the holidays is a great way to make connections, gain references, and test out your field of interest as well.

4. Polish Your Resume

Seasonal work is competitive, so make sure you apply with an eye-catching resume to set yourself apart. Personalize your resume for each job you apply for, paying close attention to the skills and experience required by the position. If you have gaps in your work history or many seasonal jobs, try switching up your resume format to focus on skills and experience rather than past employment. Consider putting your related skills near the top of your resume so managers can see that you would be adept at the position. Have a separate section on your resume for any past temporary positions labeled either “holiday” or “seasonal” so recruiters don’t think you frequently hop between jobs.

5. Ace the Interview

Although the job you’re applying for is temporary, recruiters will still put you through a thorough interview. Be prepared to answer questions about your flexibility, why you’re interested in temporary work and what your plans are for when the season ends. Don’t forget to do your research on the company and have a familiarity with their products and services.

Although the holidays are rich in employment opportunities, start looking for work early. According to Snag, over half of employers have already filled their seasonal positions before the busy seasons starts. You’ll have more options to choose from if you get a head start. That way, you’re more likely to land a job that you can actually enjoy.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Let’s get that job!

*Erica Francis has an important mission: to help people prepare for successful careers in today’s tough job market. At ReadyJob.org, Erica helps develop lesson plans and other educational resources, all geared toward helping the site’s visitors build the skills needed to excel in any workplace.

Christmas In Songs

As a child the songs of Christmas and the holiday season were always some of my favorite tunes.  At that time they always made me happy.

Even today some bring back memories of times gone by.  While in elementary school I was a member of the choral club, and doing one performance I actually had a solo.

Once I entered fifth grade I was made a member of the famed girls group at school–the Charmettes. This group sang on the two annual school programs. The winter program was called “Winter Wonderland”, and we always closed the program with it. Every time I hear it now I call my best friend and we break into song and laughter.

While working at a high school, the choir would do caroling through the halls. A lot of us would follow them to hear our favorite song.

I remember the great Christmas celebrations on Della Lane at home.  How much fun we had decorating the tree.  It seemed that everyone had a picture window where they displayed their tree.  The memories of home always come to mind.  I can’t go back to that time, but each year I do go home for Christmas–if only in my dreams.

Merry Christmas to all.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. What’s your favorite holiday song?

Christmas In October–Why Not?

As “women of a certain age” we can do whatever we want when it comes to celebrating special days and times.  We can drink that champagne at lunch if we so desire. Deciding to eat cake for breakfast is one of my favorites.  Who say’s we can’t do it?  So why not have Christmas in October, or at least the memories of Christmas past.

We can skip over Columbus Day, Halloween and even Thanksgiving, and go directly to Christmas and all of the joy that it brings.  No matter who you are, the sights and sounds of Christmas will always somehow put you in a better mood.  I’m not talking about Christmas shopping, malls, discounts that aren’t discounts–I’m talking about Christmas trees, nutcrackers and of course Santa himself.

As a child in Longview, Texas McIntosh Drug Store would open up a Christmas store next to their downtown pharmacy every year.  I can’t really remember if it opened in October or November, but I do remember the excitement that I had visiting it each year.  The sights, sounds and even the smells always seemed to work magic on everyone who went inside those magical doors.  As with everything, there is no McIntosh Drug Store anymore, there are only pharmacies.  Their magical Christmas store is just a memory for those of us who were fortunate enough to have lived it as children–children who believed in Santa long after they should.

To my surprise and delight in Tyler, Texas they have a Christmas store appropriately named The Christmas Store.  It is complete with the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of happiness. When I visited it recently, I knew that Christmas was still some time away, but the magic had me at the first blinking light.

My Christmas in October bought back childhood memories which always warm my heart. Who cares if it’s too early to start to think about the joys of Christmas?  As women of a certain age, we can have Christmas whenever we want.

Celebrate each day.  Why wait?  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

The Christmas Store is located at 121 E. 8th St., Tyler, TX 75701

Something Different For Valentine’s Day

Okay it’s a commercial holiday, but what do you want for Valentine’s Day?  Candy, flowers, jewelry–what?  What are some ideas for different gifts?  Let’s share.  This way you can get what you really want, and give us some great ideas. Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Let’s be different this year–I was!

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Honoring Our Father–Our Own Personal SuperHero

It’s that time!! We want to honor your SuperHero–your father!  Remember when he was the tallest, biggest, smartest man in the world?  He could leap tall buildings with a single bound–my dad didn’t even have to jump. He took care of you, he protected you and was always so proud of you. He was your Super Hero.

Father’s Day is coming up, so let’s honor our fathers.  Please email a photo of your dad to us by June 14, 2015 so that we can honor your SuperHero.  You can email us your photo at:  thisisyourbestyear@gmail.com. Please make sure to identify everyone in the photo.

Help us put your dad in the picture.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

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Oh Well–Plan B

I got up early, checked off needed items and got dressed. Then I went downstairs to make sure transportation would be coming at about 8 am.  After he located my name I ran to Starbucks to grab a cup of coffee and oatmeal. Then I sat and talked a while with people I had met over the last few days.

As the transportation arrives they called names to get on board– yep you guessed it my name was not on the final list. The guys are running around telling me to wait and wait I did. The bus was full but I could catch the next one.  No thank you I wanted to be on the one where I kind of sorta knew some of the people.

As a woman of a certain age I have learned that if it is not life threatening–let it go. They credited my card and are still apologizing as I am typing this on my Samsung Galaxy Note 2– trying to find something else for me to do. I keep thinking that if I could get a strong cup of coffee I would be fine because in less than 4 hours I have something else planned.

I can remember the time when it may not have gone this way, but again it is not life threatening.  I step back and the guys and I talk about other things to do, and we come to a sense that I am okay. Life happens, and sometimes it does not happen the way you want it to.

As I read my book and look at what God has created I remember that “thisisyour(my)bestyear”,  and I am gonna enjoy it. I am off to Old San Juan in now less than 3 hours. Educators always have plan B.
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Thanksgiving Traditions

Everybody has a holiday tradition that they do.  Some involve rituals, some it’s the food they eat on that particular day.

Every Thanksgiving for the last say 15 years, my friends, sister, husband—whoever doesn’t go out of town—we do the Turkey Trot without fail.  We get up, sometimes we have to bundle up, sometimes it’s so warm we strip down (smile).

We’ve done the 10K, but for the most part we do the 5K.  It’s a lot of fun with all the people out and about.

After we finish the race, we’re off for another tradition—our stop at the neighborhood Starbucks for coffee and conversation.

Getting up doing the race seems to get us going.  We make it home before 10:30, and in time for some of the parades that are on television.

What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions?  Share them with us!

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.   Looking forward to hearing your traditions!

Holiday Success!

Glam Galore’s Ms. Navie Hughes, the creative force behind Holiday Bazaar 2014 received an early Christmas present in the form of a successful endeavor.  The Holiday Bazaar allowed local business entrepreneurs to showcase their products and services all in one convenient location made possible by the creative, entrepreneurial mind of Navie Hughes.

The bazaar resembled your finest shopping mall with music, speakers and door prizes.  The bazaar had everything from clothing, to jewelry, health products, hair care products, beauty products, massages, fitness information and DVD’s and so much more.  It seemed that no one left empty-handed.

In addition to shopping, the customers and vendors were able to make donations to a worthy cause.  Toys were donated to Jonathan’s PlaceJonathan’s Place strives to provide a safe place for children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. You can learn more about Jonathan’s Place at: http://www.jpkids.org/.

In case you missed this shopping experience, Ms. Hughes will host another event in the spring.  Take a look at the sites of Holiday Bazaar 2014 below. Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.