With the right timing and a little sleuthing, you can find great seasonal employment to add some extra bucks to your holiday cash.
Even with COVID a variety of seasonal jobs are still available. The standard retail jobs may not be available, but tax season is just around the corner and other opportunities are out there.
You just need to be prepared and be professional. A lot of companies will have virtual recruiting events. Make sure you test your Internet connection and lighting and other details to make yourself look good on a video interview. You’ll need to make sure you have employment documentation, I-9 certification and the like to show that you’re able to work legally in the US. Another tip is don’t waste your time applying if you’re not going to treat it like a real job. Just because it’s a temp position doesn’t mean the employer will accept a half-effort.
In fact, many of the seasonal jobs that are available at this time of year may start as part-time, but turn into full-time positions. So, make sure you dress professionally and appropriately just as though you’re interviewing for any other full-time position.
Make sure you know what you want in terms of schedule salary and work duties. You also need to make sure you’re able to articulate what you can offer the employer. Make sure you ask about the potential of converting to permanent.
A great way to stand out and put yourself at the top of the list is to make sure that you present yourself as being flexible and willing to work at what’s available. Being heavy-handed about a desired schedule will probably leave you with as many jobs as you walk into the interview with. This time of year is naturally busy so there may be multitasking and the ability to switch gears on the fly.
Several industries are hiring at this time of year. Here are just a few ideas to consider:
Retails positions might include cashiers retail managers floor associates and now with Covid new positions like curbside pick up and store sanitizers.
With more and more shopping being done online a lot of e-commerce companies I looking to boost their customer service staff. Many of these positions are remote work from the get-go.
This time of year is always a good bet that UPS and FedEx will ramp up with people to help with the increasing package volume. It’s a fair bet that you can add Amazon to that list as well. In some cases you may not even need a drivers license.
Warehouse stocking and packaging
All of those online orders need to be picked and packed by someone so distribution centers and fulfillment jobs are another option moving into the holidays.
HR administration and tax preparation
If jumping in the trenches isn’t your thing a lot of places may be looking for help with the hiring of temporary staff. And, since it’s the end of November already the beginning of 2020 tax season is just around the corner as well. Tax preparers will need help answering calls scheduling appointments data entry completing paperwork the other administrative assignments.
Temp work can be interesting because often times it’s used to fill in for employees were on vacation or otherwise unable to work. So, the seasonal employees are kind of like the second string to jump in at a moments notice. One cool thing about working as a temp is the potential variety of workplace locations.
Even if you’re not looking for something that can translate to long term, there are some great seasonal employment opportunities available. A little time invested could yield some substantial holiday cash.
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