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Seasonal Gigs for Quick Holiday Cash

Updated on November 30, 2013

Do you want to earn some extra money for Christmas shopping? These tips will help you find seasonal gigs for quick holiday cash.

Seasonal gigs offer quick holiday cash.
Seasonal gigs offer quick holiday cash. | Source

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When money is tight, a holiday job can be a welcome gift. Unfortunately, seasonal work is harder to find in a struggling economy.

Don't let this keep you from looking. Even during a recession, businesses are overwhelmed with customers at Christmas time.

Restaurants, chain stores, and service companies usually hire more workers in the fall to keep things moving along during the holiday rush.

While most hiring occurs in September and October, there is often some turnover. Don't lose hope if you are still looking for a job in November or December.

You may even move into a full time position after the holidays. According to statistics, 30 percent of companies that hire seasonal workers transition them into permanent employees.

Are you ready to earn some cash for your Christmas shopping? Do you want a chance to continue earning in the new year? Here are a few tips to help you find a profitable holiday job.

1. Job Search Websites

A job search website is a good starting place for seasonal gigs. The Internet is home to several of these sites including Indeed, SnagAJob, and Simply Hired.

Indeed and Simply Hired aggregate job listings from job boards, classified ads, social networks, professional associations, and company websites. SnagAJob is a niche site for hourly wage positions.

To narrow your search, type "holiday jobs" or "seasonal jobs" and your city, region, or zip code. Be willing to be flexible. Most seasonal jobs require you to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Many clothing stores hire seasonal workers.
Many clothing stores hire seasonal workers. | Source

2. Major Retail Stores

According to a Forbes report, nearly 40 percent of retailers will hire seasonal workers this holiday season. Holiday job hunters can also find work in information technology, hospitality and leisure, and financial services. More than half of employers plan to pay an hourly wage of $10 or more.

Kohl's, JCPenney and Toys 'R Us have thousands of seasonal positions open. Job hunters can also find work at Staples, Sears, the Gap, Best Buy, Crossmark, and Dick's Sporting Goods.

Local businesses usually wait for early returns before they firm up their hiring plans. Mall shops and specialty boutiques often do the same. But don't overlook these holiday jobs sources. It never hurts to ask.

3. National Staffing Agencies

Kelly Services, Snelling, and other national staffing agencies can help you find a holiday job. They help companies with job placements during the holidays and throughout the year.

Many local temp services also hire for the Christmas holidays. Visit your local Chamber of Commerce or ask around for reliable agencies in your area.


4. Package Delivery Services

The package delivery giants, such as FedEx and UPS, hire seasonal workers. The popularity of online retailers like Amazon and eBay is responsible for this yearly hiring boost.

Most major delivery companies will increase seasonal hiring this year. Many small businesses will hire drivers and delivery workers, too, so check with your local stores if you are interested in this type of work.

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© 2011 Annette R. Smith


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    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      7 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hi, RTalloni. I'm glad you stopped by! Thanks for the encouragement, and I appreciate your link to my article, too. Merry Christmas!

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      7 years ago from the short journey

      This is a great overview to help people get seasonal work during the holidays. I would like to link this hub to mine on having a holiday job if you have no objection. Thanks!

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      7 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hi, moviesreport. Welcome to HubPages, and thanks for visiting this hub!

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      7 years ago from india


    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      7 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thanks, Maren. When I was a full-time librarian, I worked evenings one winter as a sales clerk for Bealls department store. It was a hectic place to be during the holidays, but the extra income was nice!

    • Maren Morgan M-T profile image

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Voted up and useful. great time to know these trends!


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