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News article29 September 2022European Labour Authority, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

How to land a seasonal job

Seasonal jobs are a great way to make extra money. Many students and young people take on jobs during the winter holidays to finance their studies or to earn some additional income. Here are a few tips to help you secure your next seasonal job.

How to land a seasonal job

Apply early

Most companies start recruiting months before the start of the winter season. This allows them to select the right people and train them if necessary. So make sure you contact the employer early, and do not wait until the last day of the application deadline.

Be professional

For you this may be “just a winter holiday job”, but from the employer’s perspective you are an important investment in their business. Show your employer that you are taking this job interview seriously. Regardless of whether or not the interview is online, dress smart, show up on time, and show the interviewer that you appreciate the opportunity they are offering you.

Be flexible

Employers often hire seasonal workers to handle busy periods for their businesses. This means that oftentimes seasonal workers may be asked to work odd hours or perform duties that were not initially in their job description. One important quality that employers of seasonal workers look for is flexibility. Make sure to highlight this skill in your CV and during the interview.

Consider past employers

If you have had seasonal jobs before and you were happy with your past employers, consider contacting them directly. Most employers would prefer to hire back someone who is already familiar with the job role and who needs little guidance and training.

Do your research

Before the job interview, take the time to read up on what the company does and learn more about the products you will be involved in. This will show the interviewer that you care about this job and you take this opportunity seriously.

Contact our EURES Advisers

With over 3 million jobs across Europe, the EURES portal is the best place to start looking for your next seasonal job. You can also contact EURES Advisers who can help you identify your strengths and interests, and will support you in searching and applying for jobs.

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