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Find a holiday job

Seasonal Jobs | November 16, 2020

Find a holiday job in 2020

Plus, three ways to get hired fast.

Seasonal jobs exist year-round, like typical teenage summer jobs or roles in tourism industries, but the holiday shopping season requires an additional level of temporary support. As U.S. businesses weather the ups-and-downs of the pandemic, the holiday season is shaping up to be different than previous years. And whether your employment status has changed, or you just need some extra cash, seasonal jobs offer opportunities to earn a paycheck, learn new skills or pivot industries.

Retail is still a good option

In-person shopping will look different this year, with stay-at-home advisories and social distancing, but retail jobs are still on the rise. Businesses are getting creative to keep shoppers safe and coming, from new paths throughout stores, ways to enforce mask-wearing and hand-sanitizing, and installing partitions to protect cashiers. And as holiday shoppers are encouraged to “buy local” and support small businesses hit hard by the pandemic, your favorite retail spots might need additional workers. Find retail jobs near you.

But add these in-demand roles to your list, too

Like we saw in the spring, online ordering of all kinds are about to ramp up, from groceries to basic necessities. This shift in shopping brought months of growth for stockers and truck drivers. But add the holiday season on top of that? Warehouses, fulfillment centers and stock rooms need even more workers across all industries and business types. Even e-commerce sites need in-person labor to sort, pack and ship products, as well as customer service reps. Search for stock clerk jobs and warehouse roles.

How to find seasonal jobs and get hired

Optimize your resume and know how to use it. Update your resume to reflect the job you want, tweaking it to that industry or the specific job to which you’re applying. This document should have the basics that never change, but how you frame your accomplishments should be updated for each role you apply to. Your skills might need to be re-worded slightly (or add or remove a few), or focus on the aspects of current and past roles that would allow you to excel in this temporary gig. Another pro tip: If you’re applying to, say, three different industries, keep a version of each specific resume saved to your profile. For example, create a generic “retail” resume that you can use to quickly apply to retail roles, and another “stocker” resume for those.

Your candidate profile makes it easy to apply to jobs and be found by hiring managers. This is where you should regularly invest time to update skills, proficiency levels, projects you’re working on and any other daily activities that demonstrate your abilities. Your candidate profile is meant to evolve with you as you move throughout your career and to each role, supporting you as an individual and allowing you to make the right employment moves for you.

Show your skills. Include these everywhere you can and, for seasonal work in particular, really sell your soft skills. Being friendly and organized can go a long way, as well as a demonstrated ability to take initiative, follow processes and efficiently solve problems without micromanagement.


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  3. How veterans can find a job based on their skills