Whether you’re a college student or a full-time professional, a seasonal job can serve as a great way to make some extra money during the holiday season. With a short-term position, you generally can find the flexibility to work at times that fit your existing schedule. And with all the gift-giving and travel you’ll likely be doing, the additional funds can come in handy.
Your odds of getting a season gig are good this year, according to a CareerBuilder survey. This year, 39% of retail hiring managers reported that they would hire seasonal workers, compared to 36% in 2012 and 29% in 2011. And 27% planned to hire in November, while 10% still will hire in December. So it’s not too late to start looking for the right job.
As in past years, most seasonal positions will turn up in the retail industry. However, you may not actually be working the sales floor. Kiplinger reports that many major retailers plan to hire seasonal employees for call and distribution centers. Additionally, you should look beyond retail to broaden your options. Shipping companies will be hiring temporary workers to help with the increase of shipments during the holidays. And the hospitality industry can be a good bet as well, with restaurants and hotels hiring workers to help during the bustling holiday season.
Luckily, most hiring managers look for employees who can work nights and weekends, which many regular employees may not be able to do. So if you’re currently in school or working full time during the week, having the ability to work those night and weekend shifts could be a huge factor in getting the job.
If you frequently find yourself strapped for cash during the holidays (and let’s face it, we all experience it), giving up a few nights or weekends to work for two months may be worth the financial gain. You’ll likely find yourself in a better financial place when the holiday season comes to a close.