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Three nontraditional Seasonal Retail Jobs

Anyone who has been to Target, Walmart or any other major retail store during the month of December can attest to the craziness that comes with holiday shopping. Long lines, sold-out items, searching high and low for that one certain item at the top of the wish list for your mom/dad/son/cousin/friend/boss. So, when it comes to seasonal retail workers, we typically think of those hired to stock the shelves or man the checkout lanes, but there are actually lots of different positions available. Here are three other seasonal positions that retailers need to fill over the holidays.

Warehouse positions

Amazon announced plans to bring on 120,000 workers this holiday season, up 20% from last year. But online-only retailers aren’t the only ones filling warehouse positions. John Challenger from job placement company, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, explained, “We continue to move from brick-and-mortar toward click-and-order. But even in the Internet era of holiday shopping, that means that brick-and-mortar fulfillment facilities need seasonal workers.”

Of Target’s planned 70,000 seasonal hires, 7,500 of them will work in its distribution facilities. And, approximately 2,000 of JCPenney’s 40,000 seasonal workers are slated for its distribution centers. (Learn more about our own expertise in staffing retail warehouse positions here.)


I think I’m in the clear to admit here that it’s not the real Santa Claus you see at your favorite retailer during the holiday season. CareerCast.com lists “performer” - including Santa and his elves - as one of the most in-demand seasonal gigs. It’s no small feat to assemble a temporary team to carry out a store’s Santa’s Village operation, complete with Santa, elves, Mrs. Claus, photographers and more.

Security jobs

It goes without saying that the holiday season is the time for big purchases. Many retailers need to up their store security personnel to combat any would-be thieves. From expensive electronics like cameras and mobile phones to show-stopping jewelry, gift-giving is at an all-time high in December. And, don’t forget the “ultimate” gift each holiday season - the engagement ring. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are the three most popular days to propose, and in fact, one-third of people get engaged between November and December.

October 17, 2016 | Tricia Cagua