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12 Great Holiday Jobs

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4. Product demonstrator

You boldly approach shoppers and say with a smile, "Would you like to try our apple cider?" Demonstrators are typically standing or walking, unless you're assigned to demo a blender or in-store cooking. Setup and cleanup may be part of the deal.

Pay range: $8.82 to $20.89 an hour.

Qualifications: Persuasive public speaking and an outgoing personality. Visit a store that uses demonstrators and ask if personnel there do the hiring directly. You might also ask an in-store demonstrator how he or she got the job. If the store uses an outside agency, get the contact information. If you're interested in a specific product, go to the company website to check for openings and apply online. Kiosk operators in malls sometimes hire demonstrators.

5. Holiday decorator

You'll be setting up holiday decorations and displays, so an innovative style and an innate sense of how to make a place come to life with bows and bulbs are essential. Jobs range from gilding large offices and retail shops to hotels, restaurants and private homes.

Pay range: $8.14 to more than $17.23 per hour.

Qualifications: Past holiday decorating experience is a plus. Floral designer training helps. Some florists and decorators will train you as you go. Check with local florists, floral departments at grocery stores and event planning firms for openings.

6. Call center representative

You’ll be helping customers find a product, checking on the status of an order or collecting payment information. Prepare to sit for long periods. Some employers, such as Alpine Access, a call center service headquartered in Denver, and other virtual centers such as Convergys, LiveOps, Arise, West at Home and Working Solutions, allow you to work from home. You'll need an up-to-date computer, a high-speed Internet connection, a dedicated land-line for your use while working, a telephone headset and a quiet work area.

Pay range: $9.38 to more than $24 an hour.

Qualifications: Listening and verbal skills are key. For workers who correspond through email, good typing, spelling and grammar skills are essential. Basic to intermediate computer knowledge is vital.

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