Seasonal work is common in the construction and skilled trades sectors. There are some challenges associated with these positions, check out our tips to making seasonal employment work for you.
1. Long Hours
Due to the nature of seasonal work, it typically involves a high volume of work in a short amount of time; this usually translates into long hours.
When working long hours, be sure to aim for at least 8-hours of sleep and to maintain healthy eating habits to keep your mind and body well.
2. No Guarantee of Return
With most seasonal employment, there is no guarantee that you’ll be asked to return the following season.
Demonstrate your commitment to the company and show that you’re an asset to the team. Work ethic and positive attitude can make a world of difference!
3. No Guarantee of Hours
Some seasonal work is reliant on specific weather conditions. If the weather does not cooperate with the required conditions, there may not be work available (i.e. if it’s a rainy summer, you may not get much of an opportunity to pour concrete).
Work when you can. Demonstrate skillsets to employers that extend past the particular reason why you were hired; there may be an opportunity for you to work in another capacity.
4. Unknown Start Date
With some seasonal work, knowledge of a definite start date may not be available until nearer to the actual start date.
Check in with your supervisor regularly (but not too frequently) to stay informed on company updates, and upcoming projects.
5. Unknown End Date
With seasonal work that is weather dependent, an end date may not always be easily communicated.
Be flexible with plans, and work as much as you can to offset off-season unemployment. Plan to book vacations and time off well into the off-season.
Working long hours completing seasonal work can be tough physically and mentally.
Practice healthy habits concerning sleep and food. Be sure to get adequate sleep to physically and mentally cope with the high demands of on-season employment.
It can become challenging to financially adjust to seasonal work.
During busy working months, set aside an appropriate amount to ensure that you have sufficient income during the off-season. Speaking with an accountant or financial advisor may be in your best interest.