Here’s what you should expect from short-term, seasonal employment

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It’s that time of year again! Whether it’s a fruit picking job in the summer or a snow plow job in the winter – seasonal jobs come with their ups and downs. The key to choosing the right seasonal job often comes down to what you enjoy doing and where in the world you’re located. Here are some tips to consider before you take on a seasonal role.

Housing. Depending on the job, you may be offered housing close by for a discounted rate, since you are likely staying for the short term. Or you could explore rooming with another seasonal employee. Before you accept any seasonal position, be sure you’re clear on what living arrangements are available.

Compensation. Of course we all want to know how much money we’ll make. For a seasonal job, you’ll make more money during the “on season” and less money any other time. But, it’s also important to consider the hour or day requirements for you to work. Often with seasonal jobs, like being a life guard or camp counselor, you’re required to work at least 8 hours a day – and sometimes 6-7 days a week.

Benefits. Because you’re a short-term employee or may work less than full-time, many employers don’t have to provide medical benefits or vacation days. That means that if you get sick, you’ll have to cover your own care. And, that also means if you take a day off, you may not be paid for it.

Transportation. How you’ll get to and from work is important. This is where living close to wear you work is helpful. If you’re not within a bike ride or walker’s distance then perhaps you can explore carpooling, ride shares, or public transportation. In some cases, when large numbers of seasonal employees live in one particular area, your employer may provide transit services.

These are just a few things you’ll want to know to look out for from each seasonal position you consider. There are lots to choose from, so choose wisely!

Check out all the jobs on our Seasonal Jobs page.