Wondering how people secure Christmas casual jobs in 2019?

The Christmas period is the best time of the year for individuals seeking casual job opportunities in retail. In order to survive the retail rush, businesses in retail and hospitality are always on the lookout for casual workers to help them deal with the store traffic. Whether you are someone with or without experience, this is the best time of the year to get some extra cash and experience in retail.

The key capabilities that the recruiters maybe looking for in you are your people skills, communications skills and your ability to resolve customer issues.

As its highly competitive out there, it’s important you allow extra time to be job-ready, so that you can apply as soon as you stumble upon a Job ad. Large retailers start advertising early on from August as recruitment is a process and it can take longer sometime to find the right candidate.

Tips & Resources to Help You Apply

Here is a list of resources that we believe will come handy when you apply for your next Christmas casual role:

  • You’ve probably heard this a million times before, but worth hearing it again – ‘Tailor your resume’. We can’t stress enough on how this could impact the outcome of your application. Recruiters are always on the lookout for resumes that stand-out; demonstrate all the retail experience that you have acquired in the past. If not, we recommend that you list your skills and achievements. Tailor your resume to your personality, and the competencies you offer in respect to the position you are applying for.  You need to highlight and demonstrate that you have the ability and specific requirements for the job role.

 Read: The Must-Do’s when writing a resume

  • Cover letters are there for a reason. This is where you demonstrate that you have read the job ad thoroughly and researched the company you are keen to work for. Tell a story and encourage the reader to go over your resume.

Read: Tips on Cover letter

  • Congratulations! You’ve done your bit – now you’ve got to wait for the response. Now sit-back, relax and keep looking for other opportunities’ whilst preparing yourself for the next stage of the interview. You don’t want to be caught off-guard during an interview; do a little of research about the company and its people. The best thing to do would be follow that company on socials, that way you’re updated. We don’t always know what questions we may get asked in an interview, but here are a few Frequently asked questions that we recommend being prepared with in advance.

  • Due to high volume of applications, large recruiters prefer conducting group interviews as it helps them easily identify suitable candidates with right people skills. In order to succeed in group interviews – dress appropriately, participate in discussions, be creative, display teamwork and be fair.

Where to Apply for Christmas Casual Jobs in 2019

To save you some time, we researched on the companies that hire Christmas casuals every year. Here are the top 10 companies that you might want to keep an eye out for your next casual role:

What are you waiting for? Pick the company you want to work for and start applying. Hope these tips were worthwhile and help you obtain a Christmas casual job this year. At KeybaCareers, we have designed a program for young adults to help them find meaningful work. If you’d like to give that a try, please do so by clicking this link. The first lesson is free!