Finding A Temporary Christmas Job For Students

Whether you’re looking to buy Mum a nice present this year, or the beer fund needs topping up ahead of New Year, finding a temporary Christmas job is the ideal solution for any students looking to build up a bit of cash over the festive period.

Intensive yet flexible hours, temporary jobs require staff to work for a matter of months before they are dismissed – or kept on if you’re lucky! While temporary jobs are available all year round, they are particularly important to companies when preparing for the busy festive period.

Ahead of Christmas, huge retailers and distributors like Amazon, Argos and Tesco, take on thousands upon thousands of new staff. This year, Amazon will take on 19,000 extra people before Christmas, as well as Royal Mail and delivery company, Yodel.

‘Why must they take on so many people?’ I hear you ask! Well, on its busiest day in December 2013, over four million orders were placed on Amazon’s website, which is over 2,500 items placed every minute.

So, along with Amazon, Royal Mail and Tesco, where should you be looking if you want some extra cash over Christmas?

High Streets

 Unsurprisingly, retail comes out on top for temporary jobs this Christmas. As an important time for retailers and sales, Christmas and New Year are make or break so they need all the help they can get from temporary staff. You won’t be fighting for jobs either – the retail industry is booming so you can pick and choose how many hours you want!

Whether it’s rigorous customer service jobs or even straightforward stock counting jobs, the high street will need you this festive season – and you can even benefit from the staff discounts!

Hotels, Pubs & Restaurants

 For those in the hospitality industry, Christmas is an incredibly busy period with work parties and big family get-togethers galore. Particularly good for those with excellent interpersonal skills – and those who want to show off their pint-pulling skills – increased orders and influx of people will see you be tested over the festive season. However, you will be laughing when you receive your tips for a day’s work!


 Perhaps you’re looking to experience food shopping for Christmas from the other side – that side being the poor supermarkets assistants who have to break up fights over cranberry sauce! Despite the genius thing that is online shopping, thousands will head out to their local supermarket looking for a last minute gift or some nibbles ahead of the big day. With jobs that include shelf-stackers and delivery drivers, you will get flexible hours and lots of benefits from working at your local supermarket.

Finding a temporary job can be tedious, especially when sorting through the millions of job adverts that will be out during this time. To save you time, why not upload your CV to DYWAJ, our free CV directory and CV database?

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Using Temporary Staff Over the Busy Christmas Period with DYWAJ

Christmas is just three months away. You may think this is crazy talk, but retailers spend all year preparing for the busy period. With an increase in customers, you’re going to need an increase in staff to cope with high demand. Argos has recently announced it’s looking to employ nearly 10,000 temporary members of staff over the festive period.

But how exactly should your company go about employing temporary staff over the festive period? We here at DYWAJ have put together a guide on everything you need to know about hiring short term employees:

Making Sure You’re Employing the Right People

Hiring temporary workers means that you don’t have time to train up staff that don’t have previous experience in your industry. You’re going to want people who know what they’re doing and get to work right away. Read candidates’ CVs carefully and look out for a history of quick learning, such as knowing how to play an instrument or learning a foreign language.

Being Law Compliant

Just like any full-time employee, the majority of labour laws, regulations, minimum wage and working conditions still apply to temporary workers. However, benefits such as paid leave are not required.

Zero-Hour Contract

A zero-hour contract may be beneficial to both you and your employee when it comes to hiring temporary staff. As you will be aware, a zero-hour contract usually refers to a casual agreement between the boss and employee where no contract hours are set. For temporary workers, this may be the most cost effective, efficient option. Although, please note that these workers are still entitled to national minimum wage and holiday leave.

Gives You the Opportunity to Evaluate a Worker Without Commitment

One of the major benefits of employing temporary workers is that it allows you to ‘try before you buy’ so to speak. If you aren’t satisfied with their work, it’s ok as it’s not forever. Alternatively, if you really take a shine to a particular employee, you will have the opportunity to offer them a full-time contract at the end of the busy period.

So, What Are the Benefits?

Flexibility- Hiring temporary staff allows you to quickly meet your market demands as and when they happen.

Shortened Hiring Process- Due to you looking for staff with an acquired skill set, your hiring process will be a lot shorter.

Cost Effective- By definition, temporary workers are a temporary solution. This means you aren’t required to pay an annual salary.

Instant- Temporary staff are usually available to start almost immediately, thus making an immediate impact on your organisation.

Perspectives- Hiring temporary staff means that you will have a lot of fresh ideas very quickly. This can really have a positive impact on your business.

What Can DYWAJ Do to Help?

Here at DYWAJ, we have a wide variety of experts ready to help you make the best decision when it comes to hiring temporary workers. We want to provide retailers and other industries our expert opinion and reduce the difficulty in filling available positions. With DYWAJ you can instantly gain access to thousands of industry-specific CVs to make the employment process.

5 Things That Makes Your Employees Want to Stick with You for the Long Haul

The key to every successful business is loyal employees. If you have employees that stick with you through thick and thin, you’re more likely to offer a more reliable, trustworthy service as your employees know your company like the back of their hand. Having a high employee turnover also makes your company look unprofessional, that’s why DYWAJ have put together 5 things that make employees stay with you for the long haul.

  1. Work/Life Balance

Don’t underestimate this factor. Work/life balance is extremely important to employees. They want to be reassured that should an unexpected event occur, they are able to work around their personal life. According to a recent study 38% of people consider their work/life balance when deciding whether to stay with a company.

  1. Competitive Wages

Research reveals 61% say that wages is the single most important factor as to whether they change jobs. If a competitor wants your best, most loyal employees, they’re most likely to offer a higher wage. To prevent your employees from straying, keep your salaries in line with those of your competitors.

  1. Career Growth

Nothing lowers job satisfaction more than an employee coming to the realisation that their current place of work offers no prospects of career growth. Make sure your company has opportunities for your employees to grow within their roles. This is guaranteed to keep morale high and your employees loyal.

  1. Supportive Management

Make sure you’re not the reason that employees choose to leave. We’re not saying be their friend, but we are saying be supportive. Above all, you are the boss and your responsibility is to grow your employees career.

  1. Excitement

Keeping things exciting and challenging in the workplace encourages productivity and prevents boredom and procrastination. Try challenging your employees with work that both stimulates and will have direct impact on your businesses success.

We understand trying to find the correct employees who will remain loyal and stick with you may be difficult. However, by using this guide and keeping your business authentic amongst others in your industry, you can keep your overall morale high. DYWAJ can offer you access to thousands of industry relevant CV’s to help you find the best employees.

Recruitment Agencies: How Can You Find Candidates?

Finding the right candidates for a job can difficult – that’s exactly why there are dedicated teams focused on putting individuals on the career ladder. However, as a recruitment agency trying to fill a lot of different roles, you may start to find the CVs you have are no longer relevant.

So what can you do to make sure you have a constant stream of brand new CVs?


Using candidates referred to you by employees at their previous company has amazing benefits for recruiters. Typically, referrals tend to be strong and reliable because you have heard directly from their previous employers. To attract these referral candidates, you can offer a monetary incentive to the rest of your colleagues, encouraging them to recommend people for the roles. This will save a lot of time for you and the employer in the future.

Job Boards, Career Sites and CV Database

To fill most of the positions, recruiters rely on job sites and CV databases to find candidates that aren’t already in their internal applicant tracking system. Unlike this system, job boards and career sites have access to millions of resumes in a number of different industries, experience levels and geographical locations. These are a gold mine for any recruiters looking to find the perfect candidate for a specific role.

Perfect for recruiters, DYWAJ is one of the UK’s fastest growing CV directory. In order to save you time, our team will sort through and organise thousands upon thousands of CVs before adding them to our database. As a recruiter, you will have access to all the high quality resumes we have uploaded.

Social Media

Log onto any social media platform and you will find thousands of jobseekers looking for their next job. Particularly useful is LinkedIn, a business/employment social networking site, used primarily by employers because it’s easy to find and connect with others. For those headhunters with the ‘recruiter’ account, they are able to find candidates based on their work history, job title or school, meaning you can find qualified individuals that aren’t always actively looking for jobs.

Job Fairs and Networking Events

There’s nothing quite like face-to-face networking in order to build up your current CV database. Whether it’s a job fair, conference, meet-up or even an industry event, these kinds of events are the perfect time to make connections with those looking for jobs. If you’re planning to attend any events, be sure to bring plenty of business cards so any potential candidates can get in touch.

If you would like to find out more about our CV database, feel free to get in touch with the team.

We can also provide recruiters with interview questions advice and CV writing tips if you want to give guidance to any of your candidates.

University Not Right for You? Here’s How to Prepare for the Workplace.

A recent study has revealed that nearly 98% of 17 to 18 year olds have said that their college or sixth form needs to put more effort into helping them get into the world of work rather than concentrating on higher education. Is there any wonder when there is such an emphasis placed on results day through various platforms of media? College can also feel as though your entire two years are only there to prepare you for university. So, what are your options if you decide further education isn’t for you?


In more recent years, apprenticeships are growing in popularity and are no longer restricted to trades such as electricians and carpenters. Now there is a vast variety of apprenticeships spanning over many industries. You can now get qualifications in careers such as marketing and accounting which offer a more direct route into a career. Apprenticeships have many benefits including:

1. Learning on the Job

Not only are you getting to grips with the roles and responsibilities of your job role, you are also gaining a qualification specialised within your chosen industry. You essentially get paid to learn.

2. Gaining Experience

As well as learning on the job, you are also gaining at least a year’s worth of experience. Not only do you have your foot in the door in a business, you will have knowledge which is more direct compared with someone who has just finished their degree.


Many of you reading this are probably not familiar with traineeships – not because they’re hard to find, but instead they are often not spoken about during appointments with careers advisers. A shocking 68% said they had only discussed degrees the most with their careers advisors in UK schools which naturally leaves little opportunity to learn about other options. Apprenticeships are a feasible option in place of work experience. However, they are particularly helpful to those lacking qualifications in Maths and English. Traineeships also enable you to improve on your CV skills as well as your interview technique.

How Can We Help?

If you’ve come to the conclusion that further education isn’t for you, get in touch with DYWAJ today to seek expert advice from our team of experienced advisors. Not sure your CV is in tip top shape? E-mail it to us for a free CV review!

CV Writing: Mistakes to Check For Before You Send Off Your CV

Did you send off hundreds of job applications last week but were disappointed to only hear back from one? Well, there’s a chance that your CV could be letting you down!

At DYWAJ, we understand that writing your CV can be a job in itself; wondering whether it is too long or too short and if you really need certain information included.

To ensure your application is completely up to standard, the team at DYWAJ have put together a list of common CV mistakes.

  1. Not tailoring your CV for the specific employer – When you’re applying for jobs, it’s best to target your CV to the employer and job vacancy you’re applying for. When an employer reads your application, they want to understand whether or not you can do the job not hear about your medal in gymnastics (unless it’s relevant!). Make sure you research what employee they’re looking for and add these qualities and characteristics to your CV.
  2. Unprofessional Email Address – An unprofessional email address used on a CV can be the difference between getting an interview and finding your application being placed firmly in the bin! The email account may mean your employee won’t take you seriously and question your judgement and general approach to work.
  3. Huge Paragraphs – Break your key points into digestible bullet points or headers so the reader can skim read the CV and easily pull the information they want out of it. There is nothing worse than irritating a potential employer with reams of unnecessary information before you’ve even met them!
  4. Hideous Fonts – It’s important your CV is easily readable to a potential employer. You may be tempted to help it stand out from the crowd by using a fancy font, but don’t! Fancy fonts are often hard to read and will make it hard for the reader to scan for important keywords or information. We recommend a simple, clean font like Arial or Tahoma. 
  5. Not Enough Detail – Your current (or most recent) role is important to your CV as the employer will jump to your experience before anything else on your application. This will give them an indication of what you’re capable of, and so failing to mention or go into detail about your job role is a big mistake.

As one of the UK’s fastest growing CV directory, our job is to help jobseekers find the career that’s right for them. We offer free CV writing tips across our blogs as well as access to a CV database with thousands of employers waiting to hire.

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