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If you’re one of almost 14 million Americans currently unemployed thanks to the pandemic, a seasonal job is a creative way to get your foot in the door.
In fact, many companies hiring right now are looking to add permanent employees after the holiday season. They’re offering competitive bonuses, benefits like childcare and paid leave, and higher hourly rates to seasonal workers in order to tempt someone just like you to join their team.
Here’s a short list of the best seasonal job opportunities out there at the moment. And if these don’t do it for you, download the KCL app and we’ll alert you when we see more tempting job opportunities.
1. Target seasonal jobs offer competitive pay and childcare, plus paid leave benefits.
According to a Target press release, services like Drive Up and Order Pickup absolutely exploded once the coronavirus showed up in March. “More than 10 million new guests shopped Target.com in the first half of 2020, and demand for same-day services like Drive Up and Order Pickup nearly quadrupled,” the release says.
And not only does pay start at $15 per hour, but you can also get access to child and eldercare, free virtual doctor visits, mental health support, free PPE (protective equipment), and two weeks of paid leave for any illnesses related to COVID-19.
Target plans to hire the same amount of seasonal workers that it’s hired in years past, and while it hasn’t listed a number yet, last year they filled around 130,000 seasonal and full-time positions.
2. Walmart plans to pay seasonal workers up to $23.75 per hour.
Walmart has been ramping up hiring ever since the pandemic started in March and they’re not slowing down.
The retailer announced in a press release recently that they’re hiring for up to 20,000 new jobs in their eCommerce fulfillment centers across the nation. Pay will depend on your location, but hourly rates reach up to $23.75 per hour. Walmart is hoping to convert many seasonal roles into full-time jobs at the end of the season too.
Apply for a seasonal job at Walmart.com, or text “FC” to 240240 to apply.
3. Best Buy is hiring on the spot during an October virtual career fair.
Best Buy is looking to fill thousands of positions in retail stores and distribution centers across the nation. They’re looking for people to fill roles in sales, customer service, inventory merchandising, and more.
Pay starts at $15 per hour. Plan to join Best Buy’s virtual job fair on October 3-4 for an opportunity at an immediate interview and a same-day job offer.
4. UPS offers full-time careers to a third of its seasonal workers every year.
This isn’t a hard, fast rule. But it is a historical trend that might get your attention if you’re looking for more permanent work.
According to a UPS press release, the shipping company has a track record of offering full-time careers to up to 35% of its seasonal workforce.
UPS is looking for package handlers, drivers, driver helpers, and more in its push to bring up to 100,000 more workers on the payroll this holiday season.
I looked at Glassdoor to find out what pay is like for these roles, and I found that a seasonal package delivery driver in Portland, OR starts out at $21 per hour.
5. Amazon is hiring 100,000 full and part-time workers and paying at least $15 per hour.
Skip the seasonal worker stuff — Amazon’s more interested in commitment.
Amazon announced mid-September that they’re looking to hire 100,000 more employees in the U.S. and Canada for positions in warehouses and more. Pay starts at $15 per hour with an opportunity to earn a $1,000 sign-on bonus in some cities.
Of course, new hires also get access to regular Amazon benefits like 401(k) options including a 50% company match, up to 20 weeks paid parental leave, and the chance to get prepaid college tuition for certain courses (up to 95% covered).
6. The Home Depot is offering weekly bonuses to full-time seasonal workers.
While The Home Depot hasn’t officially announced a big seasonal hiring push, they’re definitely hiring seasonal workers in roles like merchandising, warehouse associate, and freight/receiving according to HomeDepot.com. And according to Glassdoor, warehouse associates make $15 per hour.
But the best part about The Home Depot’s offer is weekly bonuses they’re giving to hourly full-time (at least 35 hours a week) seasonal workers — an additional $100 per week.
7. FedEx is adding 70,000 seasonal jobs to its Ground Delivery network.
In a short and to-the-point press release mid-September, FedEx announced that it’s adding jobs to its Ground network in order to meet the demands of the holiday season.
Base pay for a Ground Package Handler is $17.50 per hour.
Honorable mention: Kohl’s is hiring, but starting pay is a bit weaker at $9.50 per hour.
If the higher-paying options don’t pan out for you, consider Kohl’s. It’ll pay a bit less, but it’s an option!
Apply online for a specific job at Kohl’s (like store associate) and then schedule your own phone interview for October 3. Kohl’s is doing a phone interview event this day and promises to offer jobs on the spot.