FEARING the cost-of-giving crisis this Christmas? A temp job may be just the thing you need to help pay for it all.
You might also get a discount at the shop where you work — and could end up with a new career.
This week we have 30,000 seasonal roles up for grabs, many offering shifts to fit around family life or your main job.
THE CARD FACTORY needs 6,000 helpers and there’s a good chance you can land a permanent role if you like.
Most vacancies are for sales assistants, but there are also management, support centre and head office jobs.
Apply at jobsearch.cfjobs.co.uk.
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BOOTS the chemist is taking on 10,000 seasonal staff across retail, warehousing and operations, with all joiners benefitting from staff discount perks.
For Christmas customer advisor roles, visit boots.jobs. For temporary distribution centre roles, see boots.jobs/warehouse.
SPORTS DIRECT is looking for 2,000 temporary sales assistants. A spokesman said: “Successful candidates will have the opportunity to earn uncapped commission on a number of items.”
See sportsdirect.com/jobs or email [email protected]
Supermarket chain MORRISONS needs 3,500 more workers including customer assistants, home delivery drivers and production, warehouse and machine operatives.
Also hiring is the CO-OP, which has 600 jobs at jobs.coop.co.uk.
A GREET JOB, JILL
JILL TOMLINSON-HARDY signed up as a festive temp at The Card Factory while doing her Christmas shopping.
Seven years later and Jill, 57, of Nottingham, is still working for the company and now runs a store in the Langley Mill area of the city.
She says: “I saw a sign saying Festive Temps Needed and spoke to the store manager. Two days later, I went in for an interview and walked out with a job and uniform.
“I love working here. I have been promoted almost every year and it’s been the very best journey of my life.
“I would recommend working for The Card Factory to anyone. It’s fun, especially at Christmas, and is one big family.”
GRAB a slice of the action at PIZZAEXPRESS.
The restaurant chain needs 800 new workers, in both seasonal and permanent roles. See jobs.pizzaexpress.com/search
WAYS TO SPARKLE ’N’ SHINE
AROUND one in five Christmas temp workers get permanent jobs with their employer.
Charlotte Davies, at career networking site LinkedIn, says: “Seasonal work can be a great opportunity to get a foot in the door.”
Here she has some tips on how to stand out . . .
TREAT THE JOB LIKE A PERMANENT ROLE: Show the same professionalism and enthusiasm.
UNDERSTAND THE COMPANY: Speak to people in different departments to get to know the processes.
Showing you have a good understanding of how the business works and could hit the ground running if hired permanently helps.
NETWORK: Connect and engage with your co-workers to demonstrate your interest and commitment to the company and ensure you are front of mind for any long-term positions that become available.
You’re four times more likely to get hired this way than any other.
SHARE YOUR SUCCESSES: Show your employer you are proud of the work you are doing for them, by sharing and celebrating your achievements in person and on LinkedIn.
Make sure you tag the firm and your co-workers.
PREPARE FOR INTERVIEW, JUST IN CASE: At the end of your temporary contract, you may be asked to interview for an ongoing position.
Ensure you have prepared some answers to likely questions so you can shine.
ACORN RECRUITMENT has 5,786 temporary and 1,328 permanent roles to fill, including delivery drivers.
Apply at acornpeople.com.
IT IS CHILD'S PLAY
IT is the busiest time of year for toy shops and there are currently 1,600 vacancies.
THE ENTERTAINER needs 600 staff, on 12-hour, 20-hour and eight-hour contracts.
Area manager Karen Emery says: “I’ve been part of The Entertainer family for 20 years after joining in 2000 as a Christmas temp.
“I’m not alone in my career progression – with a can-do attitude, dedication and ambition, opportunities are there for the taking.”
SMYTHS TOYS are seeking 1,000 sales assistants, nationwide. A spokeswoman said: “We pride ourselves on developing employees’ skills and there are great opportunities.”
Apply at smythstoys.com/uk/en-gb/careers.
LOADS OF MONEY
DELIVER yourself an early Christmas present with a courier or driving job that will help pay for your festive season.
PACKFLEET has 25 temporary and 25 permanent roles and offers perks including private healthcare and free snacks for drivers to take on routes.
They also offer £30 to spend at some of the 120 merchants who ship with Packfleet each month. See packfleet.com/jobs.
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CITYSPRINT is searching for 600 couriers nationwide. See citysprint.co.uk/couriers.
ADVANCED SUPPLY CHAIN has 25 roles for Class 1 HGV drivers and warehouse operatives. Find out more at careers.advancedsupplychain.com.
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