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.
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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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