Need to make a few bucks while everyone else is frantically shopping for the holidays? A part-time seasonal job may be just what you need.
According to Snagajob.com, a career website for hourly workers, retailers plan to take on more short-term workers this year than in the last three.
See also: Holiday jobs for retirees.
Department stores and smaller retail outlets are obvious places to try, but don't overlook shipping companies, restaurants, movie theaters, craft shops and toy stores.
Pay typically ranges from $9 to $12 an hour. The hours may include weekends, evenings and even the holidays themselves.
You may get a nice perk: an employee's discount that will save you money on your own holiday purchases.
Get started now. It's best to apply online, then follow up in person, appropriately dressed, with a smile on your face and a résumé in your hand, says Snagajob spokesperson Amanda Richardson. Work hard and treat the job as a tryout — it could lead to a full-time position.
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