It’s that time of the year again, the Christmas tree is up, shopping centres are playing Michael Bubble’s Christmas album on repeat and the Victoria Secrets girls have just had their parade... It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Apart from school holidays, Christmas ham and presents, you know what else is cool? Getting a Christmas casual role and making some cash money for the impending new year. Shops are buzzing with Christmas shoppers, presents need to be wrapped and in most cases shops are looking for some special Christmas helpers to join them during what is sure to be the busy period of the year.
It really is the perfect time to gain some valuable experience while adding some much needed cash flow to your bank account which is bound to assist with next year’s plans. So what are you waiting for? Deck the halls, eat the Christmas pudding and check out below the best ways to apply for a Christmas casual role.
1. You’ll need a resume
The first step is to put together a resume if you don’t have one already, make sure to include the following:
- Your contact details
- The days and hours you are available to work
- An overview of the subjects you studied/have completed at school.
- Any awards or special accolades you have received either at school or through volunteering
- Include a quick one liner on your hobbies and interests
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2. Try and find a casual role that works for you
There are plenty of factors to think about before you apply for a Christmas casual role, have a think about the things you like doing, the shops you enjoy visiting and what is within a close proximity to your home. Most of the bigger retailers (think Coles, Kmart, JB Hi Fi) will not only be offering Christmas casual roles but may also offer you a more permeant role if you get in there and do a great job, but the key is enjoying what you do.
3. Find the job you want and apply in person or apply online
A quick search of Google will point you in the right direction of how to apply for a Christmas casual role, most of the larger retailers will ask you to submit your resumes online and fill in some basic questions to apply for a Christmas casual role with them. Whilst smaller retailers and one off stores may have to be done face to face, so for your best possible chance of getting a call back for an interview I would recommend doing the following:
Ensure your resume is printed off and inserted into clear plastic sleeves so that the paper stays in good condition
Make sure you are well groomed and confident whilst asking the manager if they have any casual roles available
- Do your research on the company you are applying at and have a list of key questions memorised to ask the employer to show that you are keen; such as “what are the hours of operation” “How long does a shift usually go for” “Are you expected to work back”
4. Be on your A-Game for your interview
So you got the call you have been waiting for and your new possible employer has asked to meet with you for an interview, how exciting! Ensure you are on time to the interview, take a pen and paper in case you need to take notes and make sure you are dressed appropriately for the meeting. There is no need to wear a suit but think smart casual and you should be on point.
Now you have nailed the interview you just have to wait for the call back to tell you when to start and what to bring. If you have the email of the person you met with I always used to send a follow up meeting after the interview thanking them for their time and reiterating how keen I was to come on board over the Christmas period. Not only does it keep you top of mind, it also shows that you have great manners and are proactive, which are all great qualities that employers look for when hiring new staff.
Happy holidays and enjoy your new job!