There are lots of great reasons to work as a Christmas casual this holiday season. We've outlined 6 reasons why you should apply for a Christmas casual job now!
Giving up your festive season to join the casual Christmas workforce might not be your ideal way to spend the last days of the year, but there can be a lot to gain. Here are 6 reasons why getting Christmas casual work could turn out to be the best decision you’ll make this year.
Cash In On Public Holiday Earnings
Public holidays usually come with the promise of higher hourly rates, which can really add up over the festive season. Additionally, retail and hospitality businesses often open for longer hours, so evening work and overtime is regularly available and well paid. Some employees shy away from putting in the extra, so you can earn significantly more with a willingness to take unpopular shifts.
Use The Time To Upskill
Before searching for casual Christmas jobs, think about any skills that could help you in the coming year. Using the festive season wisely can not only earn you money, but help you land a job you really want down the line.
You might not be Santa’s number 1 fan, but if you’re looking for production experience taking snaps of tots on the big guy’s knee is a proactive way to add to your CV. Similarly, if you’re looking to start a career in retail, putting yourself on the shop floor could show you the ropes and get a foot in the door.
Any work that allows you to push yourself, gain new skills and thrive in a new environment can be invaluable for your future career.
Test The Water For A New Career
If you’re considering a particular career path and would like to dip your toe in the eggnog (so to speak!) Christmas casual work can be a baptism of fire that makes the decision for you. Christmas is likely to be the busiest time of year, so if you can swim in the fast lane and enjoy the work, staying in the industry could be for you. It also gives you an opportunity to see how a certain industry functions, talk to other employees and really get a feel of what a future career could be like.
Be There to Grab Opportunities
It’s impossible to say what opportunities may be presented to you while working in a casual job during the holiday period, but you could be missing out if you’re at home with a plate of mince pies. Christmas casual work is listed because businesses need help, so if you can lead a starring role on the busiest days you’re likely to open doors – at the least you’ll have a shining reference for your CV.
Meet Great People
Apart from meeting people who have achieved their careers goals and could help you reach yours, you might just meet people who are great to be around. You may find people in your Christmas crew are striving for the same things you are, giving you a common ground and the building blocks for new friendships.
Save Some Money for the Year Ahead
If you’re working long hours doing a Christmas job, and earning a good wage, then you’re probably not out spending it. Though this may not be an advantage for everyone, working over Christmas can mean you’re set when January comes around, rather than staring down an empty bank account. Missing some of the festivities is probably unavoidable, but the silver lining is that you’re set for a prosperous year ahead.
It’s not too late…
Casual positions begin to fill throughout November, so if you want the pick of the bunch it’s time to get job ready. Start thinking about the kind of Christmas casual work that could suit you this festive season, and if there’s anything you need to do now to help you get it.