When I worked for a greeting card company, the holiday season started after Thanksgiving. The merchandisers pulled down the Thanksgiving card displays, and holiday greeting cards and gift wrap went up.
The days where one holiday began after the last one ended have gone by the wayside. Last year, Target started advertising Black Friday shopping in October. This year, Kmart ran its first holiday ad in September, to a chorus of complaints that it was just too early - and 100 degrees in some parts of the U.S.
For job seekers looking to work at a holiday season job, the 2013 hiring timeline has also moved up - to now. For example, Macy's is hiring 83,000 seasonal workers for Macy's and Bloomingdales, and the Holiday section of Macy's Career Center is recruiting holiday workers for sales, store operations, call centers and distribution and fulfillment centers.
Manpower reports that seasonal hiring projections are up for 2013, with the primary employers of holiday workers, Wholesale and Retail Trade expected to be up 22% and Leisure and Hospitality up 17%.
Overall, Snagajob reports that 52% of employer expect to begin their hiring by the end of September. Another 31% percent of hiring managers will begin hiring in October. The average pay this year will be $10.80.
Use Indeed.com to search for seasonal jobs that companies are hiring for now. I searched for "seasonal retail" in New York, for example, and found open positions at Adidas, Gap, Best Buy, Mattel and more.
Keep in mind that retail isn't the only industry that hires for the holidays. Package delivery services like UPS and FedEx typically add staff for the busy holiday season. Last year, Amazon added 50,000 seasonal workers at locations across the U.S. Ski resorts are gearing up for the season, as well, hiring for jobs both on and off the slopes.
Here are some other terms you can use to search for seasonal jobs:
- Holiday retail
- Customer Service
Be sure to add your location to your query, so you get a list of jobs in the city or town where you want to work. Here are tips for how to search for seasonal jobs.
Even if you aren't ready to go to work, don't wait to apply. Many employers will be flexible as to your start date, and you can schedule work around another job, school and family commitments.
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