8 of the Absolute Best Seasonal Jobs

Seasonal jobs are growing in popularity as an easy way to earn money for school or holiday shopping, in addition to experience on a resume. However, most people use it to break away from their nine to five job and to travel from where they usually reside. Some workers even make a career from seasonal jobs, depending on what interests them. Nonetheless, below are eight fun seasonal jobs to consider this upcoming holiday season.

1. Retail Employment

Fall is the busiest time of the year for retail to hire temporary workers for the holiday season. However, it’s more than just being hired as a cashier. Other jobs retailers off including stocker, merchandiser, baker, candy maker, gift wrapper, and so much more. Retailers hire for many different positions, including cashiers, customer service, stocking shelves, merchandising, ordering, baking, candy making, gift wrapping and more.

2. Holiday Helpers

Holiday helpers, such as at UPS or FedEx are always in growing demand. Most of these jobs are physically demanding, being a driver helper you’re expected to drop off packages weighing upwards of 100 plus pounds to residences. However, you’ll be well compensated for your work and you may even be able to get picked up and/or dropped off for work. An easy way to get started is to search for “holiday helper” or “delivery helper” and see who’s hiring in your area.

3. Tax Season Employment

Tax season jobs aren’t only in demand for accountants. In fact, tax companies hire hundreds upon thousands of workers to file taxes. These type of workers include data entry workers, auditors, administrative staff, tax preparers, etc. As long as you’re willing to hold up a sign promoting tax companies, you can be hired seasonally. In addition, the Internal Revenue Service also hires seasonal tax workers to process returns.

4. Summer Camp Staff

For teachers, if you’re looking for a summer job, summer camps are high in demand for camp counselors. If you’re a college student with some background in education, summer camps are looking for general staff members as well. Even high school students are finding new opportunities as counselors, staff members, or CIT programs from summer camps across the nation. However, besides the counselor employment, summer camps are also constantly hiring nurses, maintenance, food service, and activity coordinators.

5. Festival Jobs

Early fall and summer are among the busiest times for fairs, concerts, and other events. Whether you enjoy food, music, drinks, etc. there’s always going to be a nearby venue that’s looking for help.

6. Tour Guide

If you are looking for a seasonal summer job, consider becoming a tour guide. To be a tour guide, you must be personable, energetic, and a great communicator. You could get job showing tourists around a national park or historical landmark or you could find a job organizing, escorting, or marketing these tours.

7. Resort Jobs

For those who live near a popular tourist destination, working at a resort can be a great option. These resorts hire seasonal workers during their busy seasons, which may be either summer or winter depending on where you are. Additionally, resorts hire tons of different types of workers including retail, hospitality, food industry, customer service, concierge, marketing, ski instructors, lifeguards, and more. Keep in mind that many resorts are open year-round nowadays. This means that your seasonal job could easily turn into a full-time gig.

8. Work Abroad

Working abroad is a great way to both make some money and see the work at the same time. Luckily, there are tons of programs that make finding and obtaining these kinds of jobs easy. These organizations can help you every step of the way from applying to getting hired to traveling to your destination. Plus there are tons of job options abroad like teaching, nannying, farming, working at a resort or a summer camp, and more.

How to Get a Seasonal Job

Perhaps the most important thing to remember when applying for a seasonal job is to apply early. Begin looking for your job as early as you can. For holiday jobs, most employers begin searching for candidates in the early fall. Summer jobs start hiring in late winter and early spring. Plus, if you want a seasonal job overseas, you will need to begin your search even earlier so you can get your documents and other logistics in order. The earlier you begin your job search, the more there will be available jobs and the more likely you will be to land one.

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