Whether it be at a local restaurant, hotel, card shop, or supermarket, you probably will have started to see plenty of adverts for Christmas roles and companies hiring seasonal workers. The delivery industry is no exception to this, as the demand for parcels picks up greatly between now and the end of the year. What does a Christmas delivery job involve you may be asking, and what should you expect? As same day delivery couriers who are experts in this field, we will take a closer look in this blog post.
1) Expect to work long hours.
24 hours in a day doesn’t seem enough at this time of year, and as we move closer to Christmas, this becomes more the case. If you are thinking of becoming a Christmas courier or delivery driver, don’t expect a 9 to 5 role, since as demand picks up you will have many parcels to deliver which will need to be completed before your day is finished – whatever time that may be! Expect weekend work, including Sundays too! Courier and delivery driver work is often 24/7 at this time of year.
2) Expect to be very busy.
Coupled with the long hours, there is a big emphasis on a large workload and being very occupied. You will still be of course entitled to breaks, and if you are a driver on the road this is extra important. At this time of year, having to drive around in what seems like the dark all the time, carrying out a hectic job, can be very draining on energy and requires drivers to keep motivation and personal discipline high.
3) Expect competitiveness.
Demand for jobs at any time of year is high. Lots of people seek Christmas and seasonal roles, so the demand can be even higher. If you are really looking for a Christmas delivery role, focus on how you are different to other people and what you can offer. Do you have any previous experience or similar? This can help put you in a great position.
4) Don’t expect to get rich.
While Christmas delivery roles can earn some extra useful money for the festive season, don’t expect to get ‘flush’ from the role or become a fully integrated employee. Most of these roles (including temporary jobs generally) are only minimum wage or a little more. They are also often zero hour contract roles or short term contracts at the very best. Whilst they can be useful to both employer and employee, they don’t make for stable employment in the long term, and from a career point of view, people need to be mindful of this. The period of employment will also pass quickly and you will soon need to think about work in January and beyond, which will soon come around. When applying for these roles, people need to be mindful of this.
5) HOWEVER, for some, there are opportunities into the new year.
Notwithstanding the above, whilst many seasonal jobs are only temporary, and this can suit people looking for a bit of extra cash, some positions can be extended into the new year, and can even lead to more concrete employment once the main Christmas rush has passed. If you are hoping to try and get a more permanent role, show employers your strengths, capabilities and dedication during your seasonal role. The more you do to get yourself noticed in a positive way, the greater chance you have of securing employment for the other 10 / 11 months of the year also.
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