Lots of retailers advertise for seasonal staff around this time of year, looking to bulk up their workforce to help with the demand that the festive season brings. And with Black Friday in November, the last few months of the year can be a challenge for many high street retailers, which is why there are so many temporary seasonal roles being advertised. 

For many people, temporary work to cover just the Christmas period is not suitable; if you have bills to pay and a family to feed it's likely that you'll want to look for work that's going to last longer than several months. However if you lack work experience and you're struggling to get a foot in the door, a Christmas temp job might be the ideal starting point. 

Perhaps you're still at school but would like to start working part time for some extra cash, maybe you've left education but you've been struggling to land that first job and need an opportunity to gain some experience or perhaps you've been out of work for a long time and are finding it difficult to get back into work. Whatever your situation if you're struggling to find work, this time of year is perfect for finding lots of flexible vacancies in your local area.

"One of my first jobs was a Christmas temp job in a department store when I was still at school. I had little prior experience and no references so the role gave me the opportunity to gain skills, get a reference and bulk out my CV. My contract ran from October through to January and by June that year I was starting a permanent retail job thanks to the experience and references I came away with. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for that first job as it's a great foot in the door and a chance to gain important skills" - Natasha, Marketing Officer at Steps to Work

Retailers such as Debenhams, Sports Direct and Argos to name but a few often seek temporary staff to cover the Christmas period, offering full training for those who are successful. This means that it's possible to get offered the position even if you have little or no previous work experience and because it's temporary it also gives you the chance to try out the job to see if it's something you'd like to do permanently. Many Christmas temps are reviewed at the end of the contract and some are given the opportunity to continue working permanently if they've made a good impression, this means that your Christmas temp job could be the door to an exciting, permanent position! 

Experience is everything in the world of work and anyone who's struggled to find employment for the first time will know how important work experience is. Looking for part time work when you're young is a great way to not only earn a bit of cash but to start building up your CV and a Christmas temp job is a good place to start; it's the one time of year where retailers are desperate for more staff! Getting good, solid work experience and references under your belt early on is a great way to get a foot in the door for your future career.

If you would like some help finding and applying for vacancies, come and visit us and we can help you with your job search! We can also offer CV writing services to ensure that you have the best chance possible of securing your Christmas Temp Job and getting that foot in the door. So if you'd like some help, pop into our One Stop Employment Shop  Work on the Horizon in Bloxwich  or contact us for information on how we can help. 

You can easily find Christmas vacancies online via jobsites like Indeed, simply search for 'Christmas' in your local area.