Christmas jobs: getting one and the value it can bring
If you’re looking for a job or to gain work experience, Christmas can be a great time to get work.
It can help you gain valuable experience, confidence and of course help to pay the bills.
Davy Doyle, Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) Office Manager for Newry Jobs & Benefits office explained to Newry Times. “According to the British Retail Consortium, three quarters of retailers are planning to take on more staff in the run up to Christmas.
“There is the potential for a significant number of temporary Christmas jobs in areas such as sorting offices, shops, supermarkets and pubs and bars. To find the opportunities you need to be proactive. The best place to start your job search is at www.jobcentreonline.com.
“Other options include recruitment agencies and recruitment websites such as www.nijobfinder.co.uk, www.nijobs.com or www.recruitni.com.
“To eliminate expensive advertising costs, many employers advertise Christmas vacancies in the windows of their premises, online or by word of mouth. Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities and it’s worth paying a visit to your local shopping centre,” he insisted.
“They may have a bulletin of current vacancies that the stores have available – you may find it at the customer service desk. As always, your CV is crucial. Make sure you adjust it to highlight the skills required for the Christmas jobs you’re looking at.
“You might need a few different versions depending on the line of work you apply for. Always include a covering letter highlighting relevant sections of your CV and other details like your availability. Bigger companies normally have formal application procedures – you might have to fill in an application form either online or by hand.
Doyle continued, “Don’t forget that if you’re claiming jobseeker’s allowance, or any other benefits, you’ll need to let the relevant people know about any change in your circumstances. Christmas work can give you a chance to gain new transferable skills, meet new people and explore other career options.
“Before you leave your temporary job, don’t forget to ask your employer if they would act as a referee when you apply for other work. Add the temporary job to your CV, even if you think it doesn’t match the type of the work you’re looking for, as a lot of employers think it’s better to have some work on a CV rather than a gap.
“Jobseekers between 18 and 24 should also consider if they can gain work experience through the DEL’s Youth Employment Scheme (YES). The Youth Employment Scheme aims to help improve young people’s employment prospects by giving them real work experience.
“There is a wide range of work experience opportunities on offer for young unemployed people to avail of that will improve their employability skills, and allow them to compete on a more equal basis with more experienced workers.
“Temporary posts can provide a gateway to longer term opportunities. Last year one major UK company took on 20,000 staff over Christmas, about 2,600 of whom were kept on permanently. Make yourself a real team player, get along with colleagues and who knows, they may keep you on permanently.
“Even if you don’t get offered a permanent position, there may still be future opportunities. The company may recall you based on your hard work and this could lead to additional seasonal or permanent work.”
Doyle added, “You can get more information on the Scheme at www.nidirect.gov.uk/yes, or by talking to an Employment Service Adviser in the local JobCentre or Jobs & Benefits office, or by calling 0300 200 7822.
“Don’t forget about the Jobs Fair and Advice Forum to be held on Wednesday 13th November in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry between 10am and 5pm. Further information is also available on www.nidirect.gov.uk/newry-jobs-fair-and-advice-forum
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