The holidays are just around the corner, and if you’d like to earn some extra cash over break, I have some good news for you. There are a lot of opportunities to generate income. Consider the following examples:
• Staffing agencies: Staffing agencies work with area organizations to fill temporary positions. Ranging from manufacturing to administrative tasks, these jobs can last only a day or a few weeks and may convert into permanent positions. For example, if organizations end their fiscal years in December, they may contact a staffing agency if they need help with their bookkeeping. To identify potential agencies to contact, simply enter the words “staffing agency,” along with your preferred geographical area, into Google.
• Seasonal retail positions: The holidays bring more activity to the retail industry, which often requires stores to fill temporary positions.
• Hospitality jobs: Ski resorts, hotels or catering companies also see an increase in business during the winter break.
• Nanny: Some families are looking for responsible individuals to care for their children while school is out and they are working. Look for opportunities at Care.com.
• Campus jobs: Although classes are not in session, many campuses still rely on student employees in areas such as residence life, dining services and maintenance.
• Package delivery drivers: Shipping and delivery organizations often see an increase in business during the holidays.
If none of these positions grab you, locate additional opportunities through networking. Share with friends and family that you are looking for some work. Whether it is snow removal or dog sitting, you may be surprised with the opportunities that come your way.
As you network, rekindle an old flame. Contact your previous supervisors to inquire about the possibility of picking up a few shifts during the break. Many supervisors will jump at the chance to hire a former employee who requires no additional training. You may also have some seniority at these positions, enabling you to arrange your shifts so you still have time for rest, rejuvenation and time with family and friends.
Finally, touch base with your campus career center. In addition to passing along job leads that they have received directly from employers, they can also help you write your resume and prepare for interviews. Depending on the length of your break and your major, it may even be possible to pursue an internship. Either way, you could be gaining experience, building your resume and confirming your career goals, which is one of the best gifts you could give yourself this holiday season.
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