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Ask the Career Expert: "Land a Seasonal Job"

Ask the Career Expert: "Land a Seasonal Job"

J.T. O'Donnell | Excelle

Being new to the workforce isn’t easy. Let Excelle help you! We’re delighted to introduce a new weekly column by venerated career expert, J.T. O’Donnell, founder of Careerealism.com.

She’ll be taking member questions each week, on topics ranging from finding your first job, to getting a promotion and managing office politics. Submit your question here.

This week, a community member wants to know how to gain holiday employment.


Dear J.T.,

I’m starting the hunt for seasonal/holiday employment. I’m sure the competition will be just as fierce so I was hoping you could give me some tips on how to not waste this opportunity.

I’ve only held one full-time job so my resume is a little stark – though I’ve held several part-time and temp positions. Should I put these on the resume?

How should I prepare for the interview – I don’t want them to think I’m just strolling in there to earn some extra cash fro Christmas. In fact, is there a proper way to show interest in making this a full time position without being pushy?

Thanks!
Mary


Dear Mary,

I’m thrilled to hear you want to target a seasonal job as a way to land full-time employment. There are 5 things you can do:

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