Santas, Servers, & Salespeople Among Best Holiday Jobs, Says New CareerCast.com Report
Carlsbad, CA (November 14, 2012) -- Whether you’re unemployed and seeking a full-time job or just looking to earn some extra spending money over the holidays, the seasonal employment picture is bright, says a new report from CareerCast.com. Holiday hiring estimates point to 3% more jobs this season than last, according to the Department of Labor, so there are gigs to be had for those seeking seasonal employment.
Employers respond to the holiday season each year by adding workers to meet increased demand. While some seasonal jobs can certainly make this time of year merrier, other jobs are the labor force equivalent of a lump of coal in your stocking.
“The best seasonal jobs offer good paychecks, while others provide work well after all the decorative lights have come down,” says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast.com. “But distinguishing the desirable from the disastrous requires a list not unlike Santa Claus’s rundown of the naughty and nice.”
Using criteria from their Jobs Rated reports, CareerCast.com offers this holiday season's best and worst jobs:
Best Seasonal Jobs
SANTA CLAUS: The star of the season is in high demand. Becoming a Santa Claus stand-in can pay handsomely. One PayScale estimate says top Clauses can earn over $100 an hour.
RETAIL SALESPERSON: The National Retail Foundation estimates that retail outlets will add about 600,000 new jobs this holiday season.
VOLUNTEER: You may not make extra spending money working in a food bank or ringing the donation bell outside a supermarket, but you'll surely make some lives much brighter.
PARCEL DELIVERER: Not all gifts arrive via reindeer-driven sleigh. The United States Postal Service, United Parcel Service and FedEx all bolster their employment numbers to meet the demand of more packages being shipped under tight deadlines. FedEx says it's looking to hire as many 20,000 seasonal employees this year.
FOOD SERVER: Restaurants welcome an influx of guests during the holidays, which is why more than 45% of the part-time positions this season are in food service.
CANDY MAKER: Over 1.7 billion candy canes are produced annually and consumed almost exclusively during the holiday season. Christmas marks one of the high points in the year for chocolate consumption as well.
Worst Seasonal Jobs
SANTA’S ELF: Directing sometimes frightened children and exhausted parents through the crowds is a much less glamorous gig than being the international icon of the season. Elves typically earn minimum wage, and competition for the jobs is fierce, especially among high-school students trying to earn money for gifts.
CHRISTMAS TREE LOT ATTENDANT: Holiday shoppers who visiting a makeshift Christmas tree lot will find attendants who are exposed to the elements throughout the workday and covered in tree sap from lugging pines to customers’ cars. The pay typically is low, with most attendants relying on tips to fill their pockets.
SNOW REMOVER: Job seekers in Miami and Phoenix can forget about adding this seasonal position to their resumes, but in other parts of the country, snowfall increases in November and December. However, full-time jobs in this field are few, which means if you're interested solely in seasonal work, grab a shovel and bundle up.
AIRPORT HELP: Travel to spend the holiday season with family leads to long lines and increased anxiety at airports. This makes for a stressful work environment; the pay tends to be minimum wage; the hours definitely aren't standard; and the likelihood of turning the job into full-time employment is very slim.
TAXI DRIVER: Taxi driver is a difficult enough job even when the roadways aren't congested and passengers aren't anxious. In fact, this job ranks as one of the nation's most stressful year round, and continues to be a job where the likelihood of being robbed is higher than in any other position.
To read CareerCast.com’s report on the best and worst holiday jobs, visit http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/best-worst-holiday-jobs-2012.
CareerCast.com, created by Adicio, is a job search portal that offers extensive local, niche and national job listings from across North America; job-hunting, career-management and HR-focused editorial content; and videos and blogs; and provides recruiters with the ability to post jobs directly to more than 800 niche career sites. CareerCast.com also compiles the Jobs Rated Report (www.jobsrated.com), where 200 jobs across North America are ranked based on detailed analysis of specific careers factors.
Editor’s Note: This material may be published with a link to http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/best-worst-holiday-jobs-2012