Holiday seasonal jobs are temporary employment opportunities offered during a specific time of year. Seasonal peak periods are often associated with holiday celebrations such as Christmas, Independence Day and Thanksgiving. It is common for businesses to launch new marketing and sales campaigns during these times, which require additional manpower and staff. Holiday work agreements are usually short, and end when the season is over. After the peak period, companies revert back to normal business activities with their regular, full time staff.
Holiday Seasonal Job Education Requirements
Holiday seasonal job education requirements are minimal and depend on the vacant position. Jobs that can be filled by high school graduates or individuals without a college degree include part-time drivers, back room specialists, sales representatives and customer service assistants. Managerial positions, such as marketing coordinators, supervisors and team leaders may require some work experience, which varies from company to company. Individuals who are applying for technical seasonal work such as tax specialists, seasonal business consultants and holiday designers should have a college degree in the relevant field, as well as proper licensing, if applicable. For such positions, recruiters give priority to candidates with strong educational backgrounds.
Holiday Seasonal Job Market
The holiday seasonal jobs market is consistent and abundant. Because of the demand for holiday employees, some recruiters offer "bring a friend" programs, in which candidates receive incentives for recommending candidates. Large companies that have a track record for hiring seasonal workers include Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's and The Bon-Ton Stores. Recruiting periods generally start a month before peak season. Processing and turnaround time for seasonal applications are usually immediate due to the employment quota recruiters have to meet.
Holiday Seasonal Job Salary Information
Most holiday seasonal jobs come with competitive salary packages. Positions that are unique for a specific holiday, such as Santa Clause impersonators, can earn as much as $100/hr. Santa Clause impersonators who work on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day can expect to make double that amount. This type of work is usually only offered for two to three weeks, however, and is not a consistent form of income. Salaries for general roles in the retail and hospitality industry range between $8.85/hr and $12.50/hr. For seasonal sales jobs, commissions and bonuses (if offered) are determined by work performance or quota. Tips are standard for positions in the food and hotel industry. Tips vary depending on location, number of customers, and type of sharing structure.