Posted on: June 23rd, 2020

seasonal work

Whether you are looking for a part-time job, a full-time career change, or just a little extra money on the side, seasonal work is a great place to start. Seasonal jobs are a great way to transition jobs or to get experience in a different career field. 

Not the holidays? No worries! Seasonal work isn’t just for the holiday season. Seasonal work tends to pop up throughout the entire year. You could find work at a resort during the winter season, work with kids at summer camp, or even do some basic taxes during tax season. You can find just about any type of seasonal job to fit any season or skill level. 

However, are seasonal jobs worth the hassle? Before you send out your resume, read through these pros and cons about having a seasonal job. 

Pros

Resume Builder

No matter how big or small, you can add every job to your resume. If you are planning on switching industries, use a seasonal job as a stepping stone to your next full-time job. Having some experience, even as a seasonal employee, will be a great way to get your foot into the door for that dream job. If you do a good job, you may even get offered a full-time position at the end of your seasonal contract. A seasonal job is a great way for companies to test out your skills and worth ethic before offering a full-time role on their team. 

Extra Money

Everyone loves having extra money to spend, and taking on a seasonal job can offer just that. If you find yourself needing a second job to pay the bills or find yourself having extra time on your hands, accepting a seasonal job can be the perfect move for you. 

Fills Resume Gaps

If you find yourself being unemployed for a period of time and need something to help out, seasonal employment could be very beneficial to you. Not only will you have something to do, but you will eliminate that gap on your resume that future employers will more than likely ask about. Plus you will be working and gaining more skills and knowledge.

Cons

Lower Pay

A seasonal job pay may not be as glamorous as a full-time job. You likely will work more hours and getting paid less per hour, depending on the job. Since a seasonal job doesn’t usually require any specific skills or training, you may be getting paid minimum wage or close to it. However, if you are currently out of work, this may be the best option regardless. Along with potential lower pay, you probably won’t receive health insurance and benefits like you would at a full-time job. 

Lack Of Training

Due to the nature of the job, seasonal employees tend to not get as much training before starting. And since it is seasonal, employers don’t usually want to spend a lot of time and money training an employee who will only be there for a few months. This is why we recommend choosing a seasonal job where you have some knowledge already. That way you can come in and get started right away, rather than being lost and confused with no training. 

Job Permanence Isn’t Guaranteed

It’s called a seasonal job for a reason, it will only last throughout the season (which may only be a few months). This means you need to be prepared to look for another job quickly. A full-time job is not guaranteed afterward, no matter how good of a job you do, so be prepared to jump to another job right off the bat.

Lack Of Free Time

If you chose to get a seasonal job in addition to your full-time job, you may find yourself scrounging for any extra fee minute. Seasonal work can take quite a bit of time out of your day, and if your day is already consumed with an eight-hour job, then you might see your evenings disappearing. Be sure you consider this factor before you go out searching for a seasonal job. If this is not something you can reasonably swing with other responsibilities, then you may need to reconsider adding the second job to your docket. 

Seasonal jobs are opportunities. Figuring out if the position will match what you need to make it worthwhile is the key. Consider the pay, hours, skills you will learn, and what company you are working for before you make your decision. You will have to make some sacrifices when you accept a seasonal job, so make sure it is worth it. Weighing all the pros and cons is a great place to start.