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Seasonal jobs involve a specific length of employment, typically for the duration of one buying or selling season. They are particularly common in industries ranging from retail to delivery services, offering a unique opportunity to earn extra revenue during particular time periods. Today, ‘seasonal jobs’ have become almost synonymous with ‘holiday jobs’ due to the extraordinary increase in purchasing across all facets of the economy during the winter months. Historically the retail sector comprises a large share of the holiday employment, however many other fields are known to increase hiring as well, including the travel, financial, and delivery industries.

For more in-depth information, please review our “Overview” section below, or for a hand-selected collection of respected internet sites featuring seasonal jobs, click on the “Web Resources” tab.



The Good News and Bad News About Seasonal Employment This Holiday Season

First the bad news: Employers indicate that they will be employing more than 40% fewer seasonal workers in 2009 than they did in 2007, according to a new survey by Snagajob.com. Now, the good news: Over half (51%) of those same employers plan to keep seasonal employees on the payroll following the holiday season, and many hiring managers expect to pay seasonal employees an average of $0.40 more per hour than in 2008. Use our resources  to investigate seasonal job listings in your local area, review information about popular holiday jobs, find seasonal job tips from career experts, and browse a hand-selected collection of seasonal job news stories.

Considering the current unemployment figures, finding a holiday job may represent a valuable tool to sustain your job-search efforts, receive important training, or perhaps even secure full-time employment after the holiday push. Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, and UPS are among a growing list of companies that note they would welcome an energetic and reliable holiday worker to a permanent, full-time position. As career experts continually proclaim, holiday jobs do not need to be all about tree trimming and gift wrapping – they represent a distinct, viable full-time career opportunity in an industry that interests you.

Top Seasonal Jobs:

 According to career experts, the most popular part  time seasonal jobs this holiday season will include:

   → Customer Service

   → Retail Sales

   → Administrative / Clerical

   → Hospitality

   → Shipping / Delivery

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Seasonal Job Tips:

 Review our collection of seasonal job tips to help  find a part time job for this holiday season:

   → Get Started Now

   → Focus on retail standouts

   → Its all about the delivery

   → Help make life less taxing

   → People like to eat

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The Do's of Seasonal Hiring

  DO: Be realistic about the recession's wrath

  DO: Show up on time!

  DO: Your homework about target companies

  DO: Display optimism

  DO: Use work as an audition for a permanent job

  DO: Network to get a seasonal job

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The Don'ts of Seasonal Hiring

  DON'T: Be shy about calling your 'ex'

  DON'T: Email your resume

  DON'T: Waste another minute

  DON'T: Apply in a competitor's outfit

  DON'T: Be inflexible

  DON'T: Limit your search

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Recent News about Part Time Seasonal Jobs:

 West Coast:
  NM (Albuquerque): Slow start to job hiring
 East Coast
  MD (Baltimore): Tis the season
  NJ (Newark): Some retailers turn Grinch
  NY (Rochester): Flexible, flexible…flexible
  IL (Springfield): Proposed Legoland = 800 jobs
  FL (Miami): Christmas in November?