'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, Christmas presents, 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 — and 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. Head to TargetSeasonalJobs.com to apply now.
Amazon seasonal work is another enticing option. The online retailer is looking to hire more than 100,000 seasonal employees to keep up with holiday shopping demand. Given its $15/hour salary starting November 1, this may be one of the best-paying seasonal jobs out there.
To apply for one of the company's many roles, including an Amazon seasonal work-from-home customer service associate, visit Amazon's website. The company is hiring across the country, so there's a good chance of finding Amazon seasonal work near you.
As shoppers prepare to spend this holiday season, shipping companies are gearing up to transport those goodies to eager families all around the world. To keep up with demand, UPS plans to hire nearly 100,000 full-time and part-time employees. UPS' seasonal work includes working as a driver or driver helper.
UPS' seasonal employment may be a good option for those who want to transition into full-time work. The company estimates 35 percent of its seasonal workforce stay on to work full time. Plus, compensation isn't too shabby: UPS' seasonal job pay starts at $10.45/hour and goes up from there.
Visit UPS' website here to see what seasonal positions are available near you.
With stores like Sears declaring bankruptcy, Kohl's has managed to stick around — and it's hiring a lot of seasonal workers. The retailer wants to fill nearly 90,000 holiday work positions at its roughly 1,100 stores, nine warehouse facilities, and five e-commerce fulfillment centers.
The pay for a Kohl's seasonal job starts at roughly $9/hour depending on your location, and employees are paid on a weekly basis. Store associates get 15 percent off merchandise — which can be stacked with coupons for extra savings — as soon as they get hired. And once the holiday season is in full swing, Kohl's will offer 35 percent off products online and in stores for employees, with no exclusions. Holiday hires who want to work for Kohl's full time can also be considered for more permanent positions once the season is over.
Visit Kohl's website here to learn more about open positions, as well as which locations will be holding winter job fairs on October 26 and 27.
5. Macy's and Bloomingdale's
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 Macy's website here or Bloomingdale's website here to learn more about the openings. Their websites include valuable information, such as a full Macy's seasonal sales associate job description. Most importantly, you can get all the details on the best temporary job: walking in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
6. Gap Inc.
Gap Inc., which owns the brands Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta, announced in mid-September that they wanted to hire 65,000 holiday employees. The open positions range from sales associate to customer service representative.
No matter whether you prefer Banana Republic or Gap, seasonal job opportunities will also come with pretty hefty employee discounts. All employees will be eligible for 50 percent off Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy regular-price merchandise; 30 percent off Outlet and Factory stores; and 20 percent off at Athleta.
All seasonal employees will earn at least minimum wage, with Glassdoor reporting you can earn up to $12/hour. Visit Gap Inc.'s website here to see what part-time positions are open near you and to apply online.
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, 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,” said Rae Lyn Rushing, FedEx's senior communications specialist. “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 FedEx's website here 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' website here.
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 1-800-Flowers' website here to apply.
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 are for in-store roles, while the others 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.