By Anabel Pasarow

Refinery 29, October 29, 2018 —

Looking for some extra cash this upcoming holiday season and got some extra time on your hands? The good news is, there are lots of companies looking for seasonal help to accommodate the inevitable chaos that is holiday shopping season. From retail, to customer service, to Human Resources — there’s high demand everywhere.

Whether you love working directly with customers or prefer a more behind-the-scenes gig, we have you covered with these seasonal job ideas. ‘Tis almost the season.


Halloween Helper

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If you’re looking for a part-time job ASAP, local haunted houses, pumpkin patches, and hayrides are always in need of staffers. Or if working in a store is more your thing, check out listings at Halloween-themed stores like Halloween City, Party City, and Spirit Halloween.


Gift Shopper 

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Want to get paid to shop for other people? Companies like Shipt are looking for seasonal shoppers to shop for orders from local stores and deliver them to customers’ homes, for part- or full-time hours.

And as the holidays ramp up, many retailers will be in need of gift wrapping associates. Check your local listings at clothing and paper goods stores.


Financial Services

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Working Solutions is hiring freelance customer service and sales agents through the end of tax season next April, with opportunities for longer-term employment afterwards.

Additionally, PricewaterhouseCoopers is looking for extra help during its busy season in a variety of roles and levels.


Retail Sales Associate

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If you like customer service, this is the gig for you: Many nationwide department stores need extra support during their busy holiday seasons, and are looking for part-time workers in a variety of roles.

Target recently announced that it will be hiring 120,000 seasonal nationwide employees this season, with compensation starting at $12 an hour. Jobs range from floor associate to distribution center worker, and you can apply online or attend one of Target’s nationwide hiring events Oct. 12-14. Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s are hiring for 80,000 seasonal positions, as well, and there’s a hiring event for that on Oct. 18.

But if department stores aren’t your thing, there are lots of smaller scale options: Urban Outfitters, Paper Source, Gap, and more are hiring, too.


Santa’s Helper

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If you like dressing up, are good with kids, and have always wanted to be Zooey Deschanel’s character in Elf, all of the above can be your reality this holiday season.

Macy’s is hiring part-time Support Elfs for its Santaland events, and Rent-A-Christmas is also hiring elves to help install Christmas decorations. Local staffing agencies list elf jobs, too — but be sure to pounce now so you can beat the rush come December.


Resort Employee 

Photographed by Mark Iantosca.

For some, holiday season equals ski season, which means there’s always a demand for ski instructors, and many resorts like Vail Resorts hire seasonal instructors and guest services staff members at its many countrywide resorts. Depending on the particular job, you don’t already need to be certified. And if you don’t ski, many of these same resorts also hire childcare aides for families staying at the hotels. Coolworks is a good resource with more info on these jobs.


Customer Service & Delivery Associate

Photographed by Megan Madden; Produced by Sam Nodelman; Modeled and Produced by Yuki Mizuma.

These days, it’s arguably more appealing to order holiday gifts online than to buy them in person, the old-fashioned way. To fulfill all those orders, for the month of December, Fedex is hiring seasonal couriers with compensation of $19.95 an hour, as well as temporary admins, for 12-week employment. Additionally, 1-800-Flowers is hiring 8,000 seasonal employees for the holidays across its brands: Harry & David, Cheryl’s Cookies, and The Popcorn Factory, including jobs in its call center and fulfillment departments.

VIPdesk Connect has remote call center job opportunities, as well. Williams Sonoma, Inc. is also beginning its seasonal hiring and is posting job opportunities on its Facebook page. UncommonGoods and are hiring for customer service positions, too.


HR Assistant & Recruiter

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If you fancy yourself a people person, there’s a seasonal opportunity for you — and that’s in HR or recruiting, to help with all the aforementioned high volume seasonal hiring. Check out listings at local staffing agencies or chain retailers like Bloomingdale’s. HR Crossing is good resource for HR jobs as well.