4 Reasons Seasonal Employment is Right for You

As the end of October rapidly approaches, we are noticing more houses decorated with pumpkins and scarecrows. Ghosts and pirate skeletons appear to be leaping from makeshift graveyards on our neighbor’s front lawns. In addition to all the Halloween candy, your favorite stores have already filled the shelves with Christmas decorations. Yes, the holidays are indeed upon us once again. Whatever you celebrate, there’s probably at least one holiday around the corner for you.

Apart from the cold weather, great sales, and overall merriment, this season offers another interesting perk for job seekers: seasonal employment.

Check out: Unemployed? 4 Seasonal Jobs to Look out For

Whatever your industry, age, or location, there are seasonal opportunities out there for you. Even if you’ve never thought about it before, this might be the year to consider getting a seasonal gig. Here’s why:

Networking opportunity

We all know that referrals are like gold in today’s job search. And, for good reason. For the job seeker, a referral is a huge advantage over other candidates simply applying to a job posting found on a job board. For companies, employee referrals save a lot of time and money versus advertising on multiple job boards, and they are more likely to find good quality candidates that will fit the company culture and stay longer.

Any job you hold is another opportunity to network for your dream job. Get to know your coworkers and supervisors so that, down the line, you have even more folks to endorse you or send you job leads when you are looking.


While it might not seem like it, a seasonal job’s temporary nature can be incredibly helpful for the job seeker. Think of a seasonal job as a sample. If you don’t like it or don’t want to commit your career to it, you know that it’s only going to last for a short time.


If you’re in the middle of a long employment gap, or your resume looks a little barren, a seasonal job can help you gain necessary work experience. While seasonal work might not be in the same industry as your dream job, any work is better than a gap in your resume.

If you don’t know what you want to do, working seasonally is a great way to build skills and learn about yourself as a worker.

Get your foot in the door

Fun fact: many organizations make their permanent hires from their seasonal employee pools. After all, it only makes sense. Just as you might use a seasonal job to see how you fit in a company, profession, or industry, some companies may bring on seasonal employees to sample candidates for long-term and permanent positions. Additionally, seasonal employees already know the ropes, have proven themselves on the job, and are easy to access.

If your dream company is only hiring for temporary positions, you can get at least get your foot in the door, meet important people, and learn from the inside.

What do you think? Have you worked seasonally or are considering working seasonally? How has it worked out for you? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Heather Huhman, “Seasonal Jobs for the Unemployed,” Cachinko
Heather Huhman, “Helpful Contacts for Your Job Search,” Cachinko
Heather Huhman, “How to Learn More About Your Dream Company,” Cachinko

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