It’s time to get personal!
Who is behind the lovely logo and graceful graphics of Holiday Staff? Meet the face behind the business – read our personal story.
Thousands of budding entrepreneurs launch businesses, and try to carve out a niche for themselves. So what?
But what makes those businesses unique, newsworthy or an interesting prospect is their back story, and their future vision.
I’ve been told to ‘make it personal’ – a kind of ‘meet the maker’ scenario, if you will.
I’m not one for self promotion, but I’ll go all out to promote my business, which I believe offers a much-needed service to benefit both businesses and job seekers.
So I’m happy to share my story, as I think that makes Holiday Staff what it is, and what it can be in the future.
Why concentrate on seasonal jobs? Read our personal story
Like a lot of business owners, the idea for my company came about through
personal experience. My family runs a tourism business in the West Country, and I have seen them struggling to recruit seasonal staff every year. Their business is very rural and off the beaten track – no buses, planes or trains for miles. They had the benefit of being able to offer live-in accommodation, but advertising for that wonderful, smiley, helpful and committed person who wanted to spend their summer in bucolic idyll was no easy task.
And their business was far from the only one with the same problem – if so many local companies were struggling to find seasonal workers, how big was the problem nationwide?
For so long, recruiting seasonal staff has simply been to advertise on a postcard in a local shop window, and hope that the right person sees it, or take out a fairly pricey advert in a local newspaper, which lasts for only seven days (if you’re lucky), before it becomes fish and chip paper, or gets stuffed into wet shoes!
Sadly, local press is dwindling (I was a chief sub-editor in publishing for many years, so have first-hand experience of newspapers and their finances) and everything is moving online. Good or bad, it’s a move that can’t be challenged, and so I felt the process of finding seasonal staff and summer jobs had to follow.
Typically, the majority of seasonal jobs are carried out by the young and their lives are online. You have to keep up or miss out.
Summer jobs, winter work or
ski season – reap the benefits of
It is really important for people to take on seasonal work – for some, it’s a rite of passage, a little taste of what the world of work is like. I believe strongly that taking on any job gives a sense of self-worth and confidence. It shouldn’t be a struggle for youngsters to find their first summer job (or Easter, winter or ski – we cover every season!), and it shouldn’t be a case of ‘who you know’ or, as is often the case, ‘who your parents know’!
What if you live in Liverpool but fancy working a summer job in Cornwall? If you weren’t local to Cornwall, you probably wouldn’t know the jobs existed – until now! (We actually have vacancies providing accommodation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly right now!)
Give job seekers the relevant tools to source their own jobs, and they could really surprise you, and themselves!
So, after a lot of research, thought, questions and yet more research, Holiday Staff was launched, in a bid to make sourcing seasonal staff easier, both for my family and the wider world!
It’s a very simple process – it is an online platform where businesses which are needing seasonal workers can advertise their job vacancies, and job seekers interested in those roles can apply direct to the employer through our site.
And the good news is that it seems to work.
Both advertisers and job seekers have said they love Holiday Staff’s clean and modern look, and its ease of use. We have had vacancies across the UK and Europe. Some offer live-in accommodation, and some are asking for people who live only two miles away. Some are looking for qualified sports coaches or chefs, whilst others want a cheerful personality, good customer service and a willingness to scoop ice cream!
Whether it’s a large company looking for 50 seasonal workers across Europe, or a small family-run tourism business looking for one dedicated person, we offer the same commitment to each individual vacancy, and will promote each job equally.
Seasonal jobs are the future!
Holiday Staff is growing all the time – and I won’t rest until it’s the number one online platform for seasonal vacancies (lots of coffee involved whilst the business develops!).
We’re a UK-based family-run business, not a multi-national corporation keen to put another £10million in the bank (although some pennies for the coffee would be good!). We duly pay our taxes, and have plans for charity collaborations in the not too distant future.
So if you have enjoyed meeting the face behind the business and would like to encourage others to read our personal story, please share this post, follow our social media accounts (on our home page), ask anyone you know to place their seasonal job advert with us, and apply for any vacancies you like the look of!
And you never know, you could be working with my family at some point!