Where to find the best seasonal jobs this summer
A recent Workopolis study has found that searches for “part-time” almost tripled in the last 5 years, and has become the most searched term on Workopolis. There are multiple factors contributing to this trend, but it most likely comes down to one thing: people are looking for flexibility and side gigs.
A little while back we wrote about the gig economy, and how enterprising Canadians can master the art of the side hustle. Thinking of giving it a shot? There are currently more than 1,400 seasonal positions posted on Workopolis right now, covering a range of job functions and industries.
Here’s where to find the best seasonal jobs this summer.
Retail outlets are always on the hunt for seasonal workers, and apart from the Christmas holidays, the summer months are prime-time for anyone looking to make some extra income. Home Depot, Mark’s, Shoppers, and many more national companies are currently looking to fill seasonal positions across the country. Click here to find out more.
And make sure to check out our tips on how to answer retail interview questions.
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the federal government is giving away free National Park Discovery passes this year. In addition, Lonely Planet has listed Canada as the top tourist destination for 2017. This means we can expect Canadian tourism to rise this year, giving summer jobs across the country a boost in the process! Parks Canada, for example is hiring team members across the country to assist in grounds and trail maintenance, visitor experience staff, and event coordinators.
But it doesn’t stop there; several municipalities, hotels, and attractions are hiring this season. Check out at some of the tourism jobs available now.
The customer is always right, and fittingly, companies are always on the lookout for seasonal customer service representatives – especially if you have experience. Discount Car and Truck Rentals, for example, has a number of summer customer service positions available. Check it out.
It would be difficult to discuss seasonal or part-time jobs without mentioning some of the transportation and courier opportunities currently available. The well-publicized Uber and SkiptheDishes (the latter for somewhat dubious reasons), for example, have over 250 positions available between them – from coast to coast. Check it out here.
Remember: you can turn a seasonal gig into a full-time job
A summer gig is not just for making some extra scratch. It’s also a great way to make an impression on employers, who will often offer high-performing seasonal workers full-time work at the end of the season. What’s the lesson here? Look out for summer jobs that are related to your ultimate career goals – they can be your chance to get a foot in the door.
Here are some general tips that can help you get a great side gig:
- Look the part
If you’re applying for a summer retail gig, for example, be aware of the style of the outlet you’re targeting. If you look like you understand the image of the brand, you’ll have a better chance of walking out with a job.
- Be flexible
Temporary, seasonal employees are often brought in to deal with increased volume and demand. Being available (and cheerful) to work evenings, weekends, double and short-notice shifts, will all go a long way towards getting you the gig and making you invaluable on the job.