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5 Great Holiday Jobs for Retirees

Need to earn extra money? Help wanted in gift wrapping, shipping, retail sales and more

En español | Holiday hiring is kicking into high gear. For many retirees, it's the perfect time to stay busy while pulling in some extra cash for gifts and quite possibly finding employment that'll last beyond Christmas.

The retail industry, a key employer around the holidays, is expected to hire the most seasonal workers since 2007 at stores, distribution centers and credit operations nationwide, according to global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Sales clerk positions at stores and seasonal kiosks are the usual suspects for job hunters, but there are other job opportunities that may not be as obvious.

Earlier this month, Ann Heckart, 61, reported for duty at specialty retailer Brookstone's distribution center in Mexico, Mo., for her fourth holiday season. She's working an eight-hour shift, five days a week, in quality control, checking each package to be sure that what's in the carton, say, a Boogie Board LCD writing tablet or iPod stand, matches the order slip. … Back to Article

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