How to land a holiday job (plus 5 companies hiring now)

Holiday hiring

Check out these 5 companies with open positions this holiday season.

Holiday items are already appearing on shelves – despite Halloween still being weeks off. So, if you're in the market for a seasonal job this winter, now’s the time to begin your search. And to help in your quest, we've compiled some top tips for pursuing the perfect holiday position.

It’s not just retail sales
While it’s true that retail is responsible for much of the hiring during the holiday season, don't worry if retail sales isn't your strong suit. Companies across industries hire temporary workers for a variety of areas, including customer service , accounting and finance, administrative and clerical support and technology.

Go beyond the holiday season
You may be asking yourself whether it’s really worth it to be picky when looking for seasonal work. Here’s one reason: Many companies who hire for the holidays plan to keep some of their seasonal hires on board for full-time, permanent positions after the holiday season.

Transitioning seasonal employees to full-time positions has become more and more common, so if you’re interested, don't be afraid to ask the hiring manager if the position could turn permanent. If hired, prove that you're worth the long-term investment by going above and beyond and being a trusted, go-to resource for your boss.

Avoid these mistakes
Just because employers are looking to take on extra help around the holidays doesn’t mean they aren’t looking for people who will take the position seriously. Being unwilling to work certain hours, not taking the interview seriously and not being enthusiastic are just some of the ways to lose the chance at a seasonal gig.

No matter what kind of job you're seeking, below are five diverse companies that are currently hiring for a range of seasonal roles:

1. Cornerstone Staffing
Industry: Temporary staffing
Sample job titles: Warehouse workers
Location: Port Reading, N.J.

2. JCPenney
Industry: Retail
Sample job titles: Retail store associate, warehouse worker, customer service representatives
Location: Nationwide

3. Kmart
Industry: Retail
Sample job titles: Cashier, sales floor associate, stock and replenishment associate
Location: Nationwide

4. Radial, a bpost company
Industry: E-commerce
Sample job titles: Fulfillment associate, warehouse associate
Location: Nationwide

5. Sears
Industry: Retail
Sample job titles: Cashier, sales floor associate, stock and replenishment representative
Location: Nationwide