Should I Take a Seasonal Job This Summer? The Pros and Cons

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Pros and Cons of Seasonal Jobs

Whether you’re a full-time job seeker or a college student contemplating how you’ll spend your summer months, the question “should I take a seasonal job this summer?” probably looms large in your mind.

If you’re still wondering how to answer that question, here are the pros and cons of seasonal jobs:

PRO: You’ll make money.

Paid seasonal temporary work has one major advantage over unpaid internships or volunteering – it’s paid.  If you’re in college, every dime you make is one you don’t have to compete for in scholarships or take out in student loans.  If you’re looking for a full-time job, seasonal work allows you to make money without skimping on your job search.  Win-win.

PRO: Flexible job + money = a better vacation.

Many seasonal jobs are flexible, meaning you’ll still be able to schedule other events around your work – whether that’s a summer class, a job fair, or that vacation you want to take.  Plus, summer work can help fund that vacation.

CON: A summer job demands structured time.

Even the most flexible summer work will demand you work at certain times – and it’s likely at least some of those times will occur when you would rather be at the beach, hanging out with your friends, or sleeping.  On the bright side, you’ll have the sense of urgency that comes with having limited free time – making it less likely you’ll miss out on something you really wanted to do this summer.

CON: Summer employers have expectations, too.

A summer job, especially in a temporary or seasonal setting, can feel like an extension of your summer holidays with pay.  But it isn’t.  Employers have high standards, and they expect you to learn the ropes and do your job well, no matter how nice the weather is or how many of your friends want discounts.  The good news is that if you do well, you’ll expand your professional network, gain some great references for your job hunt, and develop skills that will impress future employers.  You might even be invited back next year – without having to go through the application process again.

At Burnett’s Staffing, our recruiters know how to connect summer job seekers with seasonal work that fits their skills and helps them build their resumes for the future.  Contact us today to learn more about our temporary jobs in Irving, TX and beyond.


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