Could Christmas temping be for you?

By Dominic Chapman / December 04, 2017

Could Christmas temping be for you?

Christmas is a busy time for both employers and employees alike. With the festive season upon us, we will find there’s a great turnover of Christmas temp staff, particularly in the retail and hospitality industries. A lot of businesses find their customers arrive in their flocks around the Christmas period, so this commands for a necessity of more staff to manage the workloads.

Hiring temp staff is something that more and more companies are coming on board with. It benefits themselves as it enables them to manage the busy time period without having to sign someone on for a full-time contract, and it benefits job-seeking individuals by offering short-term jobs in order for them to earn extra money, gain experience or even just fill their spare time.

Christmas temp jobs are more appealing to younger people, namely graduates who have long holiday periods and never enough money to see them through it (written from experience). There are multiple benefits of temping roles and plenty of advantages of them from the perspective of the employer and employee.

If you’re a graduate, consider looking for a temp role because…

As great as the extensive holiday periods are, two months is a lot of time to be sat there doing nothing. A temp role presents the ideal opportunity to take some extra work under your belt resulting in more money in your bank and more experience on your CV. When it comes to looking for a graduate job, every little bit of experience will aid you. It also shows that you have the initiative and the drive to get up and work when you’re not expected to.

The role may be temporary, but Christmas happens every year. If you do a good job, and you enjoy it, of course, there is a high chance that you will be invited back the following year. Your commitments may change, but having something lined up or to lean back on is always handy. You never know, they may even be the ones to offer you a full-time position once your studies are over, and even if you want to aim for a higher role, the temp work, along with the connections you’d have made, will stand you in good stead for this.

We have all heard the phrase ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. Well, it stands true. Even though knowledge is also power, the connections you’ll be able to make whilst temp working can only serve you well. If you’re studying away from home, and the temp role in question is at home, it’s likely that once you graduate, you’ll be job searching around the same area you’ll be temping at. Do you see how this can work to your advantage?

How to land a Christmas temp job.

Landing a Christmas temp job shouldn’t be too different from the process of landing yourself any other kind of job. It starts with some hard research and a decent CV and ends with a successful interview. You’ll probably find that most temp roles ask for a video interview due to the high turnover of staff, and if this isn’t something you’re all that used to, you’re in the right place. Head back to our blog for plenty of pointers of nailing the video interviewing process and securing the desired job.

If you’re looking for a temp role within a smaller business, walking in and introducing yourself – the old fashioned way – is always a good idea. By doing this, you’ll show you have confidence and enthusiasm, and what have you really got to lose?

There are plenty of temp roles that need to be filled over Christmas, including retail, hospitality, or even working for the postal service. Christmas is a busy time so even the companies you would least expect to need a few extra hands, probably will.

If you’re a business, consider looking for temp staff because…

The Christmas period is likely to be one of your busiest times, especially if you’re in the retail or hospitality sectors. Hiring temp staff is an easy solution to meeting the high service demands of the season. When you employ someone for a temp role, you won’t be committing to a full-time contract, allowing you to have more freedom and a higher turnover of staff. The way you conduct your temporary employment contracts are down to you, but more often than not, it allows you to gain quick, efficient staff on a short notice for a set period only.

We understand that when business gets busier, the last thing you’ll want to do is be interviewing potential employees every half an hour. This is where StemX comes in. Using our video interviewing service, you’ll be able to interview as many candidates as you please by creating your interview online. You can then review all of these candidate interviews from the comforts of your own home, whatever time suits you best. Freeing up more of your time allows you to focus on the more important factors of your business.

If you have any further questions about how we can help you with advice for looking for a temp job, or how we can help you as a business, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.