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Getting Hired During Christmas, Ski, Cruise & Summer Seasons

posted on: 2012-11-29

In the hospitality industry some seasons are busier than others. Resort locations like Blackcomb/Whistler will see a greater influx of tourists during the ski season and Vancouver will enjoy hosting visitors during the cruise season which begins in the early spring. Montreal is a favourite city for Christmas shopping and skating along the Rideau Canal.

No matter what city you live or work in, chances are your skills will be in high demand in the hospitality and tourism industry throughout the year.

When to Start Looking?

It’s never too early to look for seasonal work. Since restaurants and hotels are a year-round business, this may be a good place to start. If you’re looking to work specifically during the Christmas season, start making enquiries in June or July. A hotel’s catering team may be fully booked for the month of December and your skills as an experienced server will be in high demand.

Employers will be looking for people who already have experience in the field who can begin right away. They will want people who know what they’re doing and do it well.

Is Seasonal Work So Different?

Working part time during a busy tourist season will test both your patience and your ability to remain calm under pressure. You will probably be busier than you originally thought and being able to conduct yourself in a pleasant, calm and professional manner will go a long way to showing management what an asset you can be should a full time position open up.

Smile and breathe! Earning better gratuities or higher seasonal bonuses with your enthusiasm and positive attitude won’t hurt either!

Keep your Resume at the Ready

Getting hired, even if it’s just for the season, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep your resume up to date. Make sure that you add any pertinent information regarding the position you’re seeking. No experience is too small if it adds to the skills you can bring to a hospitality employer.

Appearances Matter!

Always present yourself in a clean and professional manner. If the job matters to you, your enthusiasm will matter to the person interviewing you. If the position is only for the season, treat it as if you were interviewing for a full time job year round.

Remember, first impressions are critical and you want to make sure to position yourself in a way that the employer will remember you and consider you for full time work - wouldn’t that be a great present to give yourself?


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