10. Shipping clerk
Big package shippers such as UPS and FedEx need your helping hands, but the small boutique around the corner selling hand-dipped chocolate-covered candies might, too. Knowing how to pack an item so it arrives intact, applying proper insurance coverage, affixing labels, working a cash register, and arranging pickups and accepting deliveries may also be part of the job. Heavy lifting may also be required.
Pay range: $9.31 to $22.01 an hour.
Qualifications: Retail experience staffing a cash register helps. Background checks are standard for most positions.
11. Bartending/waiting tables/catering
Unflappability and a good memory are needed for these jobs. It goes without saying, of course, that a friendly persona and an ability to smooth ruffled feathers are part of the deal. A certain level of physical fitness is required. Catering companies also use bartenders and servers to work private parties. If you are hired for a catering gig, you might be involved in menu planning, food preparation and setup.
Pay range: Bartending: $7.89 to $15.76 per hour and up, plus tips. Wait staff: $7.84 to $14.33, plus tips. Caterers should expect an hourly range between $8.35 and $20.06, plus tips, according to Payscale.com.
Qualifications: Past experience is helpful, but other positions where you've worked with people, even as a volunteer, are worth noting. Personal and professional references are valuable calling cards.
Whipping up a batch of holiday cookies is a sweet pleasure. If you can take the heat, get in the kitchen. Look for jobs at local bakeries and in the bakery sections at grocery stores.
Pay range: $8.32 to $17.84 an hour.
Qualifications: A love of baking and culinary chops.
Kerry Hannon, AARP jobs expert, is a career transition expert and an award-winning author. Her latest book is Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Hapy and Healthy … and Pays the Bills.
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