The holiday season typically provides opportunities for making extra money for Christmas. Managers are hiring fewer people for this season, but you can still land a part-time job with companies that traditionally hire during the holidays. Large retailer chains, postal services and online conglomerates, such as Barnes and Noble, Macys and FedEx hire thousands of workers each year. Call centers, theme parks, warehouses also add employees to their holiday payrolls.
Job hunters can always find work with entertainment and media retailers who sell games, music and video-related products. Works schedules are highly variable, but retail workers seem more than willing to put up with an ever-changing schedule to take advantage of special employee discounts of 10 to 30 percent offered by some companies. A few retail giants even keep seasonal employees after the holiday rush to help with returns and store inventory.
In 2010, Toys- R-Us operated 600 Toys-R-Us Express stores in shopping centers across the country and expects to fill at least 1,500 seasonal jobs for Christmas. Discount retailer Kohl’s hires additional cashiers, freight and stock clerks each season. UPS employs hundreds of delivery drivers to transport seasonal packages nationwide.
Job duties and qualifications vary by employer. Retail duties range from greeting and helping customers to ringing up sales and replenishing stock. Candidates applying to UPS must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, be able to carry up to 70 lbs., pass a DOT exam and have a driver’s license.
Tips to Land a Seasonal Job
Keep an open mind about the types of jobs you are willing to take. People are far more likely to find job opportunities when they are receptive to learning new skills and working in different settings. Apply for as many jobs as early in the season as possible. Retail stores aren’t the only companies who need help at Christmas.
Check out local organizations who hire individuals for Christmas light displays or gift wrapping. Look into nearby companies that maintain call centers for customers who want to order and send gifts.
Find ways to keep your spirits up throughout your seasonal job search. Human resources managers consistently cite a positive attitude as the number one characteristic they look for in job candidates.
Maintain a flexible schedule as many employers require seasonal employees to work evenings, weekends and holidays. Seasonal jobs are ideal for teens and college students. Parents with demanding family and work schedules will have to evaluate how they can fit an extra job into the mix. Be honest with yourself and your employer about how many hours you can commit to the position.
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