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Retail Work Might Actually Be Worth Your Time This Winter. Here’s Why

November 4, 2015
by Jamie Cattanach
Contributor

OK, so picking up some retail hours might not be your ideal way to make extra money for the expensive holiday season.

Already low on the dream job list, retail work tends to get worse as the holiday shopping frenzy picks up.

As retail employee Savannah Hughes told the Wall Street Journal, “You are basically helping angry people buy sweaters.”

However, if you’re willing to face the madness a few hours per week, snagging a seasonal retail job might be a smart move this year.

Why Winter Retail’s Looking Bright

Here’s the thing: No one wants to work retail. And since the economy has recovered over the past few years, fewer workers find themselves forced into retail positions and unable to find a better job.

So those ex-cashiers are flocking to steady, higher-paying cubicle jobs — leaving the applicant pool light for retailers staffing up for holiday shopping season.

To encourage applicants, major vendors like Macy’s, Target and Toys R Us have sweetened their gigs considerably this year.

Toys R Us will double hours for seasonal workers this season, and Target will pay workers an extra $1 per hour during Black Friday or Christmas Eve shifts, according to the Wall Street Journal (behind a paywall, unless you’re subscribed).

Our take: If you remind yourself it’s not forever, working retail might actually be worth it this season.

Retail Overhaul?

If you’re already working a retail position (psst, check out these high-paying positions to get the most money for your time!) you also have reason for good cheer, even without these holiday bonuses.

The market crunch has led major retailers like Macy’s to convert more part-time workers to full time, and companies like Victoria’s Secret and Abercrombie & Fitch are waving goodbye to frustrating on-call scheduling.

So who knows? Maybe “retail” won’t be synonymous with “worst job ever” much longer.

Your Turn: Will you snap up a seasonal retail job this winter?

Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. As an English and philosophy double major, she’s worked her fair share of retail jobs.

by Jamie Cattanach
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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