Christmas is the busiest retail season of the year. Between 25% and 50% of total annual retail sales take place during the holidays and retail employers usually increase their workforce by at least 4% just for the holiday gift-buying rush. Employers are already hiring additional staff to ring the cash registers.
Seasonal Retail Jobs
Many stores have help wanted signs in their window and your best bet, if you're interested in a retail seasonal job, is to walk around the mall or your town, and stop in and fill out an application. Macy's, Target and Walmart accept online applications. You can apply online or over the phone for some JC Penney positions. Also, check out the local job searching resources for your city or state. Many of the employers who hire extra help for the holidays are the same employers who hire part-time help. So, be sure to check the part-time job sites.
To expedite your job search, use the job search engines to find seasonal jobs. You can either use the Advanced Search option, selecting Temporary Jobs, or search by keyword for "seasonal" or "temp" jobs.
Temporary agencies often seek additional staff for their clients during the holiday season. Kelly Services, Snelling & Snelling and Manpower all provide searchable databases of temporary positions. Temping is one of the fast growing employment sectors in the country and the range of available positions has increased significantly. One of the big pluses of temp work is that you can do it on your schedule. The IRS and state tax departments need help in processing tax returns starting in early January. Government Jobs has links to federal, state and local governmental agencies.
Package delivery services add staff, including drivers and handlers, to help them deal with the deluge of holiday boxes. FedEx has a searchable database of jobs and you can apply online. DHL and UPS also have employment information available online.
Outdoor Seasonal Jobs
Does the outdoors sound more attractive? Ski areas and resorts hire extra help for the holiday and winter season. Typical position include ski instructors and patrol, snowmaking and hotel and restaurant staff. Some facilities include housing and discounted lift tickets.
If you’re passionate about skiing, and want to share your knowledge with other people, working as a ski instructor can become your "regular" seasonal job. Many ski resorts bring back the same staff year after year. Here’s how to become a ski instructor.