The large retailers do a great deal of hiring for the year-end holidays, often beginning the process in September or October.
But, while the giant retailers are very visible, they certainly are not the only employers with seasonal jobs available. Nor is the end of the year the only time demand exists for seasonal workers.
So, how do you find those other seasonal jobs? You find them searching through job boards.
Using Job Boards to Find Seasonal Jobs
The end-of-year holidays provide great opportunities, particularly if you are interested in jobs in retail sales or other work for a retailer (which have many non-sales opportunities available, too).
The holidays bring a dramatic growth in the need for peole to work in the distribution and delivery of holiday gifts. So, Amazon.com and UPS are usually major employers every holiday season.
But retail jobs are definitely NOT the only seasonal jobs available in a year!
Don’t forget that January usually brings tax season and the need for people who understand tax code and can help people complete their tax forms properly.
[More: The employers who are hiring over 755,000 into retail and distribution for the holidays.]
Not Your Typical Holiday Retail Jobs
While many holiday-related seasonal jobs are available each year, a wide variety of seasonal jobs are available all year around.
Many seasonal jobs are outdoor jobs, as you’ll see below. If you don’t want to work at a desk, these jobs could be perfect for you, and if you are very good at what you do, your seasonal job might become a year around job, if you want that option.
Job Boards that Specialize in Seasonal Jobs
These sites specialize in seasonal jobs:
BackDoorJobs, the site for “short-term job adventures,” offers a sizeable collection of employers who, typically, provide outdoor employment in support of their outdoor businesses. These businesses range from kayak trips in Alaska to sailboat cruises off the coast of Maine. “Adventure Channels” include Wilderness Therapy, Enviornmental and Outdoor Education, Sustainable Living and Farming, Resort and Hospitality, and several other categories. International opportunities are also provided.
CoolWorks, calling itself the site for “jobs in great places,” offers a wide variety of jobs ranging from “mushers” for a New Hampshire dogsled business to transportation drivers for a northern California resort, and included zip line guides in Montana and girls summer camp counselors in Wisconsin. Search through the jobs by type of job from camp jobs and conservation jobs through ski resort jobs and trip leaders.
Seasonal Jobs from Large Job Boards
Indeed is the world’s largest source of job postings, and it collects jobs from many different sources including job boards plus employer websites and thousands of other sources. Do the typical keyword search, and add the word “seasonal” (without the quotation marks) to your query to find the seasonal jobs.
The jobs on snagajob are typically jobs that are classified as “hourly” rather than “salaried” jobs. Since many typical seasonal jobs are hourly jobs, SnagaJob is a good source. Specifiy your “What – Where” preferences, or browse by industry: retail, food and restaurant, customer service, hotel and hospitality, media and entertainment, warehouse and production, maintenance and janitorial, transportation, etc.
Search the main Craigslist “jobs” postings for “seasonal” jobs that may be posted in this big category. Then also check the “gigs.” Gigs on Craigslist are supposed to be short-term jobs like being part of a movie crew, working on an IT project, writing, and more. You will find many opportunities posted on Craigslist that aren’t posted elsewhere on the Internet (Craigslist is not included in Indeed’s listings).
Unfortunately, you will also find many postings you should skip. Avoid the opportunities that describe “jobs” apparently requiring no skills or experience on Craigslist, as you should on any other website or job board.
WARNING: If a job requires you to wire transfer money to anyone or to accept shipments and then reship to someone else, run screaming away from those “opportunities.” They are scams that will cost you a lot of money! [Learn more about avoiding job scams.]
You will also, probably, find seasonal jobs on your favorite job boards.
More About Seasonal Jobs
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- Holiday Hope: How to Leverage the Holidays for Your Job Search
- 5 Ways to Advance Your Job Search During the Holidays
- Holiday Party Your Way to a New Job
- Are Recruiters on YOUR Holiday Card List?
- Surviving Holiday Parties: Networking for Introverts
- Building Your Personal Brand During the Holidays
- Holiday Networking Like a Pro
- New Job for the New Year
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Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn.
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