'Tis the season for frantically Googling "seasonal jobs near me." As we gear up for all the major holidays, who among us couldn't use some relief from the financial strain of buying Halloween costumes, gift-giving, and seasonal decorations. Many people pick up seasonal work to balance budgets this time of year. Fortunately, there are plenty of seasonal jobs hiring immediately — here are just a few of the best seasonal jobs out there.
Raise your hand if spending 20 minutes alone in Target is your idea of self-care. Wouldn't it be nice to also get paid for being there? Well, now you can: The retailer plans to hire nearly 120,000 seasonal workers — up 20 percent from last year. Positions are available at Target's more than 1,800 stores and 39 distribution centers.
Anyone hired after September 12, 2018 will earn $12/hour as part of Target's commitment to a minimum $15/hour wage by 2020, making it one of the highest-paying seasonal jobs you'll see. Those who are hired for seasonal employment will also earn several perks, including a 10-percent discount at Target stores and Target.com, as well as 20 percent off fruits and veggies and Simply Balanced and C9 Champion merchandise. Sounds like you'd have most of your Christmas presents sorted, doesn't it?
To sweeten the deal, Target is awarding one part-time employee at each store and distribution center a $500 holiday gift card. Target will also donate $500 to the winning employee's charity of choice.
Target is holding a hiring fair the weekend of October 12 to 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at all of its stores. Job-seekers can apply and interview on the spot, with the potential to receive a conditional job offer right then and there. Head to TargetSeasonalJobs.com to apply ahead of time.
If you've ever dreamed of holding a balloon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, you'll be thrilled to learn the position is part of Macy's seasonal employment package. The company announced it wanted to fill roughly 80,000 seasonal job openings, which are divided between Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores, call centers, online fulfillment centers, and distribution centers.
Of the 80,000 part-time seasonal jobs, 23,500 positions are at the company's fulfillment facilities. These centers are mainly located in Goodyear, Arizona; Sacramento, California; Cheshire, Connecticut; Stone Mountain, Georgia; Joppa, Maryland; Secaucus, New Jersey; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Portland, Tennessee; and Martinsburg, West Virginia.
Visit macysJOBS.com or bloomingdalesJOBS.com to learn more about the openings. Their websites include valuable information, such as a full Macy's seasonal sales associate job description. Most important, you can get all the details on the best temporary job: walking in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Macy's is also holding a winter job fair on October 18, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time at its Macy's, Macy's Backstage, and Bloomingdale's locations. Job seekers are advised to apply online first, but interviews can be conducted on the spot at stores or over the phone if you can't make it to the event.
FedEx is looking to fill nearly 55,000 part-time holiday jobs as it prepares for six-day and seven-day operation schedules this fall and winter. If a seasonal retail job isn't your cup of tea (way too many crowds), you may enjoy working at a FedEx distribution center or even driving a delivery truck.
The company offers competitive wages and medical benefits, and it's always looking to hire internally. "Some of our top management started out in entry-level positions with FedEx,” Rae Lyn Rushing, FedEx's senior communications specialist, said. “FedEx has a very strong employment brand that has always allowed us to attract the talent needed for our operation, even during peak periods
Even with the stress of the holidays, it's nice to know that through the Fedex seasonal employment program, you can bring joy to other families by ensuring their packages make it there on time. Head over to https://careers.fedex.com/fedex/ to apply.
Beyond the obvious perk of making money, finding a seasonal position that also offers an employee discount you'll actually use would be stellar. And if you're a big holiday crafter (seriously, there are so many great DIY holiday decoration ideas out there), getting a reduction on your bill at Michaels would absolutely come in handy. Washi tape and acrylic paint for all!
Michaels wants to fill at least 15,000 part-time temporary jobs at its stores and distribution centers in the US and Canada. The perks of Michaels seasonal jobs include flexible hours, competitive wages, and a 30-percent off employee discount.
In a press release, the company touted the fact that it hired 40 percent of its seasonal workers into regular roles after the holidays. If you're looking to transition your seasonal part-time job into something longer lasting, Michaels may be the place for you. Apply online at michaels.com/storejobs.
Is kettle corn your number-one weakness? You can fuel your popped corn addiction with a seasonal winter job at 1-800-Flowers. Wait, what? Yes, you read that correctly. The company that owns 1-800-Flowers also runs Harry and David and The Popcorn Factory, two gourmet food brands — and it's just another one of the many places hiring for the holidays.
1-800-Flowers needs to fill 8,000 seasonal positions at its stores and is offering several incentives: Easy hours, reasonable wages, and discounts on sweets, salty snacks, and flowers for your significant other. Depending on your skill set, you can be hired to assemble gifts, work in the call center, or handle packages at the distribution and fulfillment centers. Most roles are available only to those in Illinois, Ohio, and Oregon. There's also a good chance you'll be hired for a permanent position after the holidays.
Good seasonal jobs are hard to come by, so jump on this opportunity to get discounts on chocolate — c'mon guys, chocolate! — by visiting https://investor.1800flowers.com/careers to apply now.
Master bakers listen up: Williams-Sonoma wants to hire for at least 7,500 part-time seasonal jobs, including seasonal work-from-home customer service associate positions (because who doesn't love making money from home?). Williams-Sonoma also owns Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, Rejuvenation, and West Elm stores, so just think about all the places you can apply that employee discount.
Roughly half of the open positions — 4,000ish — are for in store, while the other 3,500 are seasonal work-from-home jobs. To learn more about holiday jobs near you, visit the Williams-Sonoma employment portal.
This holiday season, pad your pockets with some extra cash from your high-paying seasonal jobs. Whether you're a caretaker with only a few extra hours during the week, or a retiree who wants to stay busy, these good seasonal jobs will make it easy to buy your loved ones all the gifts and then some — plus something extra special for yourself.