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What’s What: There’s no denying it—it’s the holiday season and maybe if you’ve been out there engaging in commerce you’ve noticed that so many businesses need some extra help!

Amava Take: If you’re looking to pick up some extra cash during the most wonderful time of the year without committing to a new career, you can! Businesses need help and the options for seasonal work are plentiful. You can get into retail, tax preparation, gift wrapping, warehousing, assisting at holiday parties—whatever interests you most or you think you’re most qualified to do. Go ahead, make some cash to fuel your plans for the New Year.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

People with a can-do attitude who want to help make things work.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Be part of the team. That’s where the good stuff happens.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Typically, businesses are looking to staff shifts.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Working with active people towards a common goal.

How would you describe the hard parts?

The work itself may not be the most intellectually challenging.

What fun things will you do with the extra money you make?

I’m planning next year’s trips already! I was thinking about trying glamping!

Special Requirements: Besides a basic education, requirements regarding experience and skills are job-specific. For example, if you know and love wine and want to work at your local wine shop helping people pick out gifts, some wine creds will take you far. Retailers prefer some experience, but they tend not to be too picky when they are looking at short-term hires for a busy season.

Finding a Position: Local listings will be helpful here, as will face-to-face asks in your community. Specific companies list seasonal jobs and are more likely to be up-to-date than general job boards. The competition for workers is stiff, so compare one company’s seasonal listings with others if you know there are local options for you. If you’d like to be a delivery driver for the season, try this! This article details seasonal jobs you might not have thought of and here are some tips to stand apart from the crowd.