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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.. (kind of )

25 Sep

Most people don’t want to be thinking about Christmas in September (except for those of you that have had a Facebook countdown since May and know how many hours until the big day). However for job seekers it’s a great time of year to start looking at Christmas temp positions for the up-coming holiday season.

Why now when Christmas is so far away?

In many industries, especially retail, Christmas is by far the busiest time of year and they want to ensure that they’re well equipped to serve as many people as possible to achieve high sales and keep customers happy.  This business means staff training has to be done in advance so that they are prepared for the swarm of shoppers or frenzied customers so employers will hire their Christmas staff early so less support and guidance is needed during the holidays.

How many new positions become available for Christmas temps?

Although we can’t put a figure on how many will be available, we know it will be a lot. As an example in 2014 Royal Mail took on an additional 19,000 workers to help them over the Christmas period! It’s an incredible amount of vacancies for one company – think of all the Christmas cards. Retailers will see a huge increase in footfall (people in their shop) so will more often than not be looking for extra helping hands.

What are the benefits of being a Christmas temp?

Some people might be put off by applying for positions that are temporary but you don’t know that there isn’t another role at the end of it. Often the recruitment process is time consuming so it’s not something to be repeated unnecessarily and if they are impressed by your work and performance over the holiday period then they may keep you on as permanent member of staff.  If you’re not kept on then you still have the skills and experience of working over the busiest period of the year and this can be taken forward to other employers. You may even get yourself some discounts in certain places and they couldn’t’ come at a more useful time of year!

Will it only be retail opportunities available?

No it’s not just shops that hire extra people over Christmas. Hotels become very busy over Christmas period with many people staying away or having corporate events so you may find a whole host of jobs such as Front of House, Cook or Waiting available. Due to the Christmas parties and holiday alcohol consumption Pubs will also become busier so check with your local bars to see if they’re looking for help. As I’ve also mentioned Royal Mail employ a large amount of staff for the period and this doesn’t mean you have to be a delivery person, you can sort mail or do data entry. Also don’t forget the more festival roles like being part of your local Santa’s Grotto or pop-up Ice Rink.

If you are looking for Christmas temp jobs then don’t forget that lots of high street stores won’t advertise on job sites so it’s worth checking their websites and good luck!

If you want help finding employment please contact us on info@opsw.co.uk or 0800 043 2440

Interview with a Travel Counsellor

19 Nov

“Travel agent” might not be the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about self employment, but Travel Counsellors have made it possible for Travel Agents to work on a self employed basis for a company – the best of both worlds!  Below is an interview with Helen Birtwistle, who has been working as a Travel Counsellor for 18 months.

WHAT IS TRAVEL COUNSELLORS?

Travel Counsellors is an Independent Travel Agency.   All their Travel Agents are home based and work on a self-employed basis.  We have offices in the UK, Belgium, Ireland, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United Emirates.  There are over 1000 Travel Counsellors around the world.

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THEM?

I have been in the Travel Industry for over 25 years and I have known about Travel Counsellors for many years, as it is one of the most highly regarded companies within the Industry.

WHY DID TRAVEL COUNSELLORS APPEAL TO YOU?

I wanted to provide my clients with a highly professional and personalised service, which I felt had been lost within the high street agencies, but it is the main ethos within Travel Counsellors. I also liked the idea of having the security of working for a company but on a self-employed basis.  It gives me the flexibility and freedom I craved.

HOW DO YOU MARKET YOUR BUSINESS?

I have advertised in the local newspapers. I attend regular Business Network Meetings, this is where local business people get together to promote their businesses. I have my own website and promote through Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.  The biggest contributor for business growth is       referrals and personal recommendations.  On every booking and enquiry, I ask clients to refer me to their family and friends.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING SELF EMPLOYED?

I love the freedom and flexibility of being self-employed.  I like being in charge of my own destiny. It is hard work, but I reap all the rewards.

WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT BEING  SELF EMPLOYED?

You must always remain focused, disciplined & motivated.  There will be busy and quiet moments, especially when you first start out, but you must always remain positive.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

I have only been working with Travel Counsellors for 18 months.  My future plan is to build up and establish a good client base, that will come to me year after year.

http://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/helen.b

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