Paula Reuben Vieillet
Many jobseekers wonder if they should accept a seasonal position. For one thing, it seems like a lot of information to learn for only a few weeks or months of work. Some job seekers feel that working at a seasonal position will not leave them a lot of time to look for a better job. Nonetheless, I recommend seasonal employment for many reasons.
Build Your Work Experience
It is a good idea to take a seasonal work-at-home or community position if you are having trouble getting a permanent position. Employers are usually more lenient about candidates’ work history during seasonal hiring and will often accept people with little directly related work experience if they have the aptitude and desire to do the job.
It is also a good way to try a new career or re-enter the workplace again. With a seasonal position, you can ‘test the waters’ to find out whether you like working in a particular field. There are many jobs in work-at-home, too, so if you have been thinking about home-based work, this would be an ideal time to try it. Moreover, seasonal jobs help you find out if you have the physical, intellectual and emotional ability to sustain work. And get paid while you do it!
Fill Gaps In Employment
On your resume, seasonal positions help branch over gaps of unemployment. It gives you direct and proven experience in your desired field. It shows that you are ready to work and willing to work. These are important qualities for any employer and will help with any gaps that have occurred in your work history.
May Lead To Permanent Employment
Whether it is a seasonal work-at-home position or one in your local community, seasonal positions can pave the way to long-term and permanent positions. Many of our clients are hired seasonally and then offered permanent employment at the end of the season. There are many employers who hire in October for the Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping rush. The types of jobs that you find most often in surplus include package delivery, retail sales, toy stores, flower delivery, technical support for electronic gadgets, call center jobs, specialty food items and many more.
Training Demonstrates Learning Capacity
Training is often less than a week and many times only for a few days. You are usually only expected to learn a very specific task. Most employers do not expect you to be able to learn everything about working in their operations, just a task, such as packing trucks, cashiering or taking orders over the phone. It is good work experience, even if the job does not work out or is short term.
Will Not Negitively Impact Your SSI Or SSDI Benefits
If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you may have some concerns about using up your Trial Work Period months in a job that is not enough to support yourself. However, you do not need to worry about this. The Ticket to Work ‘Nine Month Trial Work Period’ is designed just for that purpose. It is a time to help build up your resume and ease into sustainable employment. Since the work is seasonal, your Social Security representative might classify it as an unsuccessful work attempt. Just consider it time well spent to help you achieve your permanent goal.
Working seasonally can pay off in more ways than just income. It can provide extra money for the holidays, recent work experience, new contacts and the satisfaction of work itself. If you are considering this option, give it a try!
Paula Reuben Vieillet is president and founder of Employment Options Inc., a certified Social Security Administration Employment Network in the free Ticket to Work Program that specializes in work at home employment. She is a frequent consultant to the SSA on the Ticket to Work Program. Her company, which also has a Facebook and Twitter page, assists ticket-holders who receive SSDI or SSI disability benefits in 47 states and has a loyal following of national employers who consistently put aside job openings for her clients because they have been so well screened for each job description. The company also offers on-site community job placement nationwide.
The company website is www.MyEmploymentOptions.com. Any questions about the company, jobs, or their resources for people with disabilities, you can email Lori Adler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-441-3114, ext. 763 (Lori) or ext. 754 (Shieka).