This past month, some of the biggest retail chains and transportation companies in America announced their hiring plans for the holiday season. Some of the companies hiring the most employees (meaning tens of thousands across the country) for winter seasonal jobs include UPS, FedEx, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Target. In this day and age jobseekers are lucky, however, because they have more of a variety of winter seasonal jobs to choose from. If you are in the market for a seasonal job this holiday season, you are sure to find the right fit. Here are some of the most popular winter seasonal jobs that many businesses are hiring for this year:
1) Retail Sales Associate
This is one seasonal job that has been around for decades and is still quite popular. Retail sales associates perform a variety of tasks, from working the cash register, to folding clothing, to helping shoppers access dressing rooms. Retail sales associates play a key role in customer service, since it’s their job to greet customers, assist them in finding the items they are looking for, and making sure customers don’t leave the store empty-handed. As a winter seasonal job, retail sales can be particularly demanding, since work hours are often longer than usual, merchandise disappears way faster and holiday shopping has stores flooded with customers. If you enjoy being around people and find joy in seeing relieved holiday shoppers find the gifts they most desire for loved ones, this is an idea seasonal job for you this winter. Retail sales associates typically make between $9 and $12 an hour at most popular stores.
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2) Delivery Driver
With UPS hiring 95,000 workers, and FedEx filling 50,000 winter seasonal jobs this holiday season, there is no shortage of delivery driver openings for jobseekers. This job has become more popular as a seasonal job over the past couple of years since online shopping has become a bigger trend, and more consumers are now having gifts delivered to them instead of going to stores to purchase them. You should be in relatively good physical shape for this job, since it requires a lot of heavy lifting. Jobseekers that choose to take winter seasonal jobs as delivery drivers are looking at an average pay of about $13 an hour.
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3) Call Center Representative
If you prefer to be behind the scenes as opposed to front-and-center amidst the retail holiday cheer, there are plenty of winter seasonal job openings for call center representatives to help assist holiday shoppers placing orders online or over the phone. Some of the American retail giants hiring call center representatives this holiday season include Amazon, Macy’s and JC Penney. Amazon announced last month that they are hiring seasonal call center representatives to work from home for $10 an hour in 20 of the 50 United States this holiday season, making this an even more convenient option for those who would rather skip the seas of holiday shoppers and traffic that many other winter seasonal jobs require. These jobs at Amazon include flexible hours, bonus opportunities and occasional overtime.
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4) Warehouse Associate
This is probably one of the most common jobs companies are hiring for this holiday season, since both retail companies (like Amazon, Target and Macy’s) as well as transportation companies (like UPS and FedEx) need warehouse associates to help pull materials and package online orders to be shipped to customers. Other duties include loading and unloading trucks and keeping the warehouse clean. Like some of the other winter seasonal jobs above, this job is more behind-the-scenes. The average pay for a warehouse associate is about $12 an hour.
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When deciding on a winter seasonal job this holiday season, choose something you will enjoy as a temporary gig to bring in some extra cash, but always keep in mind that seasonal jobs are excellent opportunities to get your foot in the door to a company that holds limitless opportunities for your future. At the very least, you will meet some great people and the experience will look impressive on your resume.
Author: Jessica Cody
Jessica Cody, a native of Fairfield County, Connecticut, has a background in online marketing and public relations. Currently, she works at VHMNetwork LLC in the role of Marketing Analyst. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she studied Journalism and Political Science. She is also an avid runner with a passion for the outdoors.