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Seasonal Jobs

Seasonal Jobs are jobs created by companies to add additional staff for short, usually well defined,  periods of time. Many merchants hire 'temporary help' in order to cover nature's seasons, peak retail seasons and holiday sales. Part time seasonal employment is a great way to make extra money to pay for the holidays, generate some summer spending money, or just to generate additional income. Summer Jobs are an example of seasonal jobs.

Seasonal hiring this year will supply thousands of part time jobs. The following retailers have each announced plans to hire at least 25,000 seasonal employees this year: Toys "R" Us, Walmart, Kohl’s, Target, and Macys. Online sales will also drive seasonal hiring, indicated by FedEx and UPS, which are respectively adding 50,000 and 95,000 employees this year to deal with the anticipated surge in online sales.

According to a recent Snagajob survey, employers in the hospitality industry will pay the highest average wage for holiday employees at $11.80 per hour, followed by retail at $10.30, and food service at $9.40

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Seasonal Jobs are usually part time work, and can be a great way to "get your foot in the door" with an employer. They can also turn into part time, or even full time work after the "season" is over. Another good thing about part time seasonal employment is that seasons "repeat", so you can re-apply next year with the employers that you've already made a good impression with the previous season.

Holiday Jobs

Thanksgiving jobs and Christmas jobs create a large amount of seasonal employment opportunities. Retail jobs, delivery jobs, mall jobs and food service jobs are all examples of holiday jobs that usually need more people over the holidays.  You may also find some resort jobs, and vacation destination jobs that revolve around the Christmas holiday season and need to increase their staff of seasonal employees. Getting a Christmas job is a great way to pay off those holiday bills, and also get your foot in the door with an employer that you might later rejoin for a summer job, or permanent part time job.

Some companies that offer holiday jobs are Target, McDonalds, FedEx, Office Depot, ToysRUs, Dominos Pizza,  Kohl's, Ace Hardware, Walmart, Burger King, and more! Start searching now for job opportunities for this holiday season.

As with any job, you should be prepared to interview for your job, and provide a resume and/or cover letter. You should make sure to present a business-like posture and appearance when applying for your job. Research and find out about the job you are applying for, and be prepared to explain why you are suited for it, and why you want the job.  Be clear about how long you want to work.  You want to have a good relationship with the employer when you leave so that you can use them as a reference, or possibly return for further employment in the future.