Sure, you could impress your boss at your seasonal job by working hard and producing results, but why wait until day one to make a great impression?
You can standout out from other seasonal employees around you by making a great impression in the run up to your first day. By making yourself into a promising new hire, you are putting yourself on the fast track to recognition, and possibly converting the seasonal job into full-time employment.
Here are a few tips on how to stand out before starting that seasonal job.
Always be ready and on time
Whether it’s showing up for the interview or sending in paperwork, it’s important to be prompt and reliable. Those qualities might sound like basic job skills to most people, but many seasonal employees often tend to be high school or college kids who either don’t have these skills yet or choose not to use them. Chances are other seasonal, inexperienced workers around you will start out by being a bit flaky.
Make yourself available
Hiring managers are busy folks, and the hiring of seasonal workers isn’t typically something they spend their time doing. Therefore, you may be asked to meet with them after work hours or take a call on the weekend.
Ideally, let the person hiring you know you are willing to pick up extra shifts or flex your schedule. In addition to helping your seasonal employer, being flexible can put extra money in your pocket. Because younger seasonal worker can be flaky, you might be asked to come in when someone doesn’t show up, and extra hours mean extra pay. If your seasonal job is part-time, you might be able to approach 40 hours per week by simply making yourself available.
Don’t be difficult
When people take seasonal jobs for extra spending money, they are more likely to approach them with a devil-may-care attitude. They might give attitude when asked to do something that annoys them or question a procedure they don’t agree with.
Therefore, seasonal workers who are agreeable will stand out in a positive way. Hiring managers tend to appreciate seasonal workers they don’t have to constantly negotiate with or make accommodations for.
Pay attention and ask questions
While you don’t want to bug a hiring manager about every little thing, it’s perfectly fine to ask about the specifics of your role and company procedures. Be sure to pay attention and take notes if necessary.
By being attentive, you show you’ll be able to get up to speed quickly and adjust based on the feedback you’ll receive.
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