Seasonal jobs for the New Zealand summer (Part 2)

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Welcome to Part 2 of our summer jobs series, where we’ll talk about three more popular summer job options.

Whether you’re between jobs, a student, working part-time, or studying – or want some experience in a particular industry – seasonal work can be an ideal way to earn some extra cash, get some new skills and meet some interesting people. Also, if you develop a good work record at your holiday job it could lead to a permanent role with an organisation.

For many summer jobs, your best chance of getting work is to contact the employers in your area, register with an employment agency that specialises in recruitment in the field, or look up the relevant jobs or industry on sites such as Trade Me and Seek. You can also check out job sites aimed at temporary and seasonal workers.

If you're after a job in retail or hospitality remember to keep an eye out for 'help wanted' signs in shop and cafe windows, as these jobs are often not advertised online.

Hospitality jobs

Hospitality is booming at the moment, with employers short of staff, especially at Christmas and during the summer months.

Demand is usually highest for waiting, kitchen, and bar staff needed to cater for the corporate Christmas parties and functions. Then during January and February it’s time to serve holidaymakers and international visitors at beach resorts and hotels.

Employers say that though some experience is always good, your customer service attitude is vital!

Best locations: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Tauranga, Coromandel, Rotorua.

Retail sales jobs

Summer is a good time to find work in retail because between November and January retailers take on additional staff to deal with the pre-Christmas/New Year rush and the January sales. Retailers usually prefer experienced people but because it's so busy, it's a good time to get your foot in the door if you have little experience.

You need to be prepared to work long hours leading up to Christmas, and be on call if employers want to re-hire you in January. Employers are looking for people who can ease the stress of Christmas shoppers by being a good listener and giving helpful advice.

Though most retailers throughout the country are busy at this time of year, you’ll find more opportunities in shopping centres and malls, and in supermarkets and department stores. This includes the hardware megastores catering for the growing number of DIYers likely to spend their summer holidays doing up their properties.

The Warehouse has Christmas temp roles starting in October through to January, where you can choose to work either at night restocking the shelves or by day on the shop floor. Go online and register on their careers website, specifying the locations where you can work.

However, with the trend towards warmer summers and specialty ice cream shops popping up all over the place, you’ve got just as good a chance of securing a summer ice cream parlour job and an even better chance of keeping cool.

Packing and despatch work

Closely tied to retail, the opportunities for warehouse work also increase over the months leading up to Christmas as online Christmas present orders pick up pace.

Many full-time warehouse employees begin as casual workers who are hired during busy times and in peak seasons to pack and despatch goods. They’re more than likely working in the cities for large warehousing and distribution firms, including online distribution centres such as FishPond. And pre-Christmas you’ll find opportunities in the storerooms and warehouses of companies where there is strong demand for Christmas-related items ordered from their online shops.

For example, be proactive in looking for opportunities to work behind the scenes with retail stores such as The Warehouse, Whitcoulls, Noel Leeming, supermarkets and hardware stores, online wine sellers, and food or drink wholesalers.

Best locations: Auckland, Canterbury, Wellington, Waikato, Bay of Plenty.

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