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By Perminus Wainaina

With the holidays around the corner, you’re probably deciding to put your job search on hold until the new year.

The job market notoriously slows down during the holidays because lots of people are planning family vacations and trips home and are not looking to make a move until after the New Year.

With this in mind, it is easy to assume this isn’t the best time of year to look for a new job.

Believe it or not, December presents a perfect opportunity for you to find a job.

If you’re in the market for a new job, here’s why you should start looking now instead of waiting until January:

1. A lot of temporary and part-time opportunities

December is an unusually busy time of the year for many businesses. In addition to retail and sales positions, some businesses such as shipping, marketing, design, entertainment, hospitality and online content management have positions available during the holidays.

Last December, a company approached our recruitment team, seeking to hire individuals to handle stock taking for a week. We ended up recruiting over 30 people, who earned themselves a salary for the one week they were hired.

Therefore it stands to reason that they will need a lot of extra help to get through the month. Take advantage of these temporary opportunities to get your foot in the door, or to simply earn extra cash while you are looking for something more permanent.

Salaries can range from Kshs500-Kshs5000, depending on the industry and your availability.

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