Are you in a pinch for cash? Can you work odd and long hours? Do you need work experience, or an in for long term employment? If you answered yes to any of those questions, a seasonal job might be the perfect fit for you.
The holidays bring a flurry of consumer spending, and that means retail outlets, distributors, and other companies need to beef up their workforce. According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement consultancy firm, there will be roughly 755,000 seasonal jobs available towards the end of 2015.
Even if you need a permanent position, seasonal jobs can provide the work experience and connections you need to reach that goal. Many companies retain their best seasonal workers provided they have open positions towards the end of the holidays. If that doesn't happen, you'll at the very least walk away with several months of real work experience. If you make a strong impression, you might be able to use your former boss as a reference or get them to write a letter of recommendation for future positions.
Seasonal retail jobs tend to go fast, so be sure to check out these seven companies hiring seasonally, inspired by MarketWatch.
Butterball – Do you love to cook? Are you good at talking to people? Butterball is one of the largest suppliers of turkeys in the U.S., and naturally their sales volume swings wildly high in November. To help home cooks everywhere effectively cook their Butterball turkey, the company hires extra call center support staff.
Target – ‘Tis the season to be shopping, and Target has expertly refined their ability to provide the teeming hoards with Christmas goods. Projections estimate they'll add 70,000 jobs to help with the holiday scramble. These typically range from warehouse to retail positions.
Macy's – Macy's will be adding roughly 85,000 seasonal positions to its workforce to cope with the holidays. Aside from extra support at registers on an the sales floor, they also tend to hire extra people for stock work to handle the upswing in product being shipped in.
Kohl's – Opening up about 69,000 jobs for the holidays, Kohl's offers many of the usual positions for retail including store greeting. Some stores, Kohl's included, hire individuals just to stand at the entrances and say hi to people as they walk in. It sounds like an easy job, but it requires you to interact with people on a consistent basis and stand in one place for hours.
Wal-Mart – Wal-Mart is expected to have about 60,000 seasonal positions open. As usual, seasonal workers should expect to work odd hours, late nights, weekends, and possibly multiple shifts per day. These positions are expected to run till mid to late January.
Amazon – Although there isn't a lot of noise from the company yet about seasonal jobs, they did add about 80,000 during the holidays last year. The good news is that even though the bulk of these are warehouse positions, Amazon relies heavily on robotic assistance, so it's not all about lifting heavy boxes and carrying them everywhere.
Independent Retailers – Many independent retailers expect a sharp rise in business for the holidays. These locations tend to hire via word of mouth connections, but walking in with a resume in hand won't hurt. They're usually completely opposite from the hustle and bustle of larger companies; helping small stores involves working with the owners or managers directly to address a wide variety of tasks.