Guest Blog By Gavin White, Managing Director at AutoTech Recruit
The number of jobs available in November is higher than the year average, according to research by Executives Online. Whilst many of us are inclined to make it our new year’s resolution to search for a new job, this notion leads us directly to the benefits of temporary Christmas job opportunities.
Over the Christmas period – but not limited to – temporary jobs are equally as valuable for workers in the motor trade industry as for those working in the retail, hospitality or warehouse industries.
As a mechanic, MOT tester or vehicle technician, a seasonal contracting job might not be your first port of call this winter. But, for those who are in between jobs or looking to learn more about the sector, taking on a temporary job could pave the way to a more profitable career whilst improving the balance between work and life.
Unlike a lot of industries, many garages and auto centres remain open for the majority of the Christmas period, meaning there’s always a demand for technicians and engineers – especially if permanent staff are taking annual leave at this time. And, unlike seasonal ‘Santa’s Elves’ positions, there’s the chance your seasonal job could last into the new year.
Finding a temporary job this Christmas doesn’t have to be arduous; the advantages that come with contract and temp roles, arguably, outweigh the drawbacks significantly. Here’s how to land your dream temp job this festive season:
1) Be quick to apply
Admittedly there’s fewer applicants for automotive technical jobs at this time of year but leaving it too late to apply is unlikely to work in your favour. As a jobseeker, you should be proactive and prepared to apply for temporary Christmas jobs as soon as they start appearing on job sites – and use the fact that there is less competition from candidates at this time of year to your advantage.
2) Perfect your CV
Brexit has created a level of uncertainty around its impact on EU workers this year, and it has been said that many will return back to Europe which could open the door to more jobs opening up in the UK across sectors. Whilst this has created more choice and options for temporary jobs, slack CVs will still fail to secure you a temporary role. In preparation for your job search, CVs should provide concrete evidence of technical automotive skills and experience and clearly demonstrate why you will excel in the role.
3) Be available and flexible
Making the decision to work around Christmas time isn’t easy, so job seekers should ensure they’ll be fully dedicated to a temporary job and make this evident to employers. For seasonal jobs specifically, employers seek staff who have the ability to work flexible shifts and relatively long hours. More than ever, it’s likely that the more hours you can work, the more appealing you’ll be to an employer.
4) Sign up to a recruitment agency
It’s argued that, often, people are deterred from contracting jobs due to ambiguity around finding their next job. However, research has found that the number of freelancers in the UK has grown by 14% in the past decade, with 1.4 million freelancers currently working across all sectors.
Consequently, recruitment agencies who specialise in motor trade and technical automotive jobs, such as Autotech Recruit, are able to ease this lack of certainty. Speaking about the value of recruiters, CEO of Qdos Contractor Seb Maley said that recruitment agencies ‘are able to offer independent workers relevant opportunities consistently’ and ‘ play a vital role in how contractors find work’.
5) Set up alerts on job boards
An effective way to ensure any job opportunities are missed is to set up alerts on job sites, in order to be notified when positions that fit your skills become available. As an example, LinkedIn email alerts notify job hunters with new opportunities as soon as they’re added to the social network. By uploading your CV to an automotive job site, many of them have the technology to find and alert job hunters with appropriate and relevant jobs, enhancing and simplifying the process for the candidate.
6) Apply for more than one temporary job
Whilst you may find your ideal temporary job early on in your job search, don’t limit yourself to just applying for one – apply to a handful of jobs to significantly increase the chances of getting hired. Failure to secure your first choice of role shouldn’t necessarily be viewed as a reflection of your skills, simply take the employers’ feedback on board and persist with applications to other roles.
This Christmas, don’t assume the notion that employers aren’t looking for staff as it’s close to the new year – this is a huge, and common, misconception. In fact, many employers are looking to get temporary cover for permanent staff over the festive period or seeking extra support to ease pressure.
Undeniably, contracting and freelance work is becoming an acutely sought after career choice. If you’re considering making the transition from permanent employment to contracting work, consider a seasonal job this Christmas to gain experience of a contracting career. Thanks to it’s flexibility and variety, it’s swiftly becoming a favoured way of life – and might be perfect for you.