It’s that time of year again. The busy, holiday season where companies hire an abundance of seasonal workers to handle extended hours and a heightened demand for help. If you are unemployed, you are likely holding out hope for a long-term position, and rightly so, but a seasonal job may be something you should consider. Take a look at some of the reasons why seasonal employment may actually be a good thing for your career, aside from the extra cash in your pocket.

It’s no longer just for the retail.

The idea that seasonal work solely equates to “big box sales clerk” is no longer true. Think of all the industries affected during the holiday season, and the careers that are associated with each – retail, e-commerce, travel and hospitality, event management, restaurants and catering, etc. Seasonal help in one of these areas may not fall into your industry of choice, but may allow you to try a career not previously considered. Think of it as a test run in a field you may end up enjoying.

It’s a resume builder.

Regardless of what type of work the job entails, a seasonal position provides you with additional experience to add to your resume and also portrays motivation and good faith efforts in the eyes of a potential employer during a future job search. In addition, you’ll learn new skills, which could be applied to another job later on. For example, if you are interested in a full-time customer service position, consider a seasonal job at a store like Nordstrom where customer service is a priority. This will go a long way in the eyes of a recruiter looking to hire a customer service representative! You may also use this as an opportunity to network with the higher-ups at the company, which leads to the next reason why you should consider a seasonal job…

It may turn into a full-time offer.

Through a job well done and positive interactions with managers and corporate executives, you may find that your seasonal position turns in to a full-time job offer, whether for your current position or for another within the company. At the very least, your networking activities may give you some leads to follow up on after your seasonal position has ended. After all, it’s not just about your connections, but the connections of those you know.

While seasonal employment may not be the opportunity you had in mind, it can be a learning experience in the very least and if you’re open to it, a stepping-stone for your career! Ready to get started? Find temporary and full-time work online by searching open positions on My.jobs.