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Resource: Career Advice
Becoming a Full-Time Worker With Your Seasonal Job
Friday, December 14, 2012

Seasonal jobs are abundant during the holidays to keep up with rising demands in retail and consumer spending. People strapped for cash look forward to this time of year and with all the employment opportunities that come with it.

The major downside to seasonal jobs is that they come with expiration dates. That doesn't always mean that they won't need help after the holiday season is over.

Typically, seasonal jobs don't allow for much growth since employees have specific expectations. But depending on the need to hang onto another worker or two, some companies may select those that demonstrated a good work ethic to stay on permanently. If you're aiming to be one of these part-time to full-time workers, here are some tips to help you stand out of the crowd:

Do more than you have to. Exceeding expectations is the number one way to make an outstanding impression. When your job may be as a cashier or a stock room worker, employers can only expect you to carry out the task they hired you for.

By showing them that you want to take on more responsibilites such as filling in for someone in a different department or working an extra shift, you're telling them that this is more than a job to you. Employers always want people on their team who are more than willing to give 100% effort no matter what kind of work it is.

Offer to stay later and show that you want to be there. Ask to learn new things and help out others even when they don't ask. When employers need all the help they can get, let him see that you are the big help they've looking for.

Now of course everyone would prefer to have the holidays off to spend time with their families. That's kind of the catch about holiday jobs. There's more to go around because there are more people with time off to go out and spend money. That's part the sacrifice you make when you take seasonal job. While everyone is fighting to get prime holiday dates off, step up to the plate and make yourself available. Your boss will remember the time you made his life that much easier.

On top of all, let it be known to your boss that you want to stay. Don't simply mention it passing. Set up a time to talk and remind him occassionally. There's a good chance that being busy will lead him to forget.

If even after all your efforts there is still no chance of you making a full-time position happen, don't give up. Sometimes, the budget just doesn't allow for taking on additional full-time employees right after the holidays. Revisiting them later though is an option you will have. Establishing a good reputation at any company can always be used to your advantage.

Outdated Career Advice You Should Ignore In Order to Be Successful
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Career advice has been around for as long as there has been a job market. A lot of which has been recycled again and again despite major economic, market, and technological changes. The thing about career advice is that none is actually timeless.

The most useful and effective kind of career advice will specifically reflect current times and culture. Taking advice from the past isn't the best way to move forward.

Let's get one thing clear: career advice has an expiration date, and when its meaning has gotten stale it's time for something fresh.
Often times, the same career advice is just worded in differently. One of these commonly reused pieces is "Do what you love/makes you happy and the money will follow." You've probably been working long enough to know that it doesn't typically work that way. In the real world, the money usually follows when you do what's in demand.

This isn't to say that people who make a living doing what they truly enjoy don't become successful. It's not hard to believe that having fun serves as fuel to stay driven thus leading to making good money. But considering the state of today's society, getting by until you get rich really isn't feasible. The current economy simply isn't flexible enough for just anyone to take those sort of risks.

Say you do follow your passion and the money never shows up. What's Plan B? In many cases, it takes people years and years before they start seeing a hint of profits. You also have to think about whether it's even something that has a consumer base substantial enough to sustain revenue. This isn't a bad idea if you're not bent on the money aspect. Paper chasers, on the other hand, should look for an industry that incorporates their interests and is in accordance with market demands.

Staying informed on the lastest trends and advancements in the business world will help keep you afloat when some areas start to sink. Think of the days of VCRs and VHS that are now gone along with your neighborhood Blockbusters. It can't always be assumed that the job you have today is bound to take you places so always have something else in mind in case of unforseen fallouts.

Life being as unpredictable as it is, preparation for whatever you may encounter a necessary survival skill. Preparing yourself well when it comes to your career means being two-steps ahead of the game, something that's hard to do when your mindset is ages behind you. Next time you think about advice that tells to you to what makes you happy, ask yourself whether making money is important to you. It may not buy happiness, though it does pay for food, shelter, and clothing which is enough to make most people happy.