I know: We prepare for the holidays way too early.
I cringed as I walked through HomeGoods this weekend and saw Halloween pumpkins.
It’s August, people.
But as stores flood with decorations and flavored essentials (peppermint Hershey’s Kisses are my fav), companies are simultaneously increasing their staffing to help meet demand and avoid holiday disasters.
That’s right. Premature — and last-minute — shopping could be your new source of income, just in time to start your own holiday shopping.
These Companies are Hiring Seasonal Workers for the Holidays
Because no one likes to get lost in the job search, we found several companies hiring seasonal workers.
And remember: It’s August, so keep checking back to find companies with new job postings. In the meantime, start shopping — I mean looking — for your next job.
The catch? You have to live in one of these states: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin or Virginia.
See your state listed above? Great. Keep reading.
Other requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent; basic typing, phone and computer skills; the ability to participate in paid training; be able to complete I-9 paperwork in person; be able to take on any shift from 3 a.m. to midnight (Pacific time) any day of the week.
You should also be able to meet all computer requirements, but Amazon will ship you a headset for your customer service ease.
2. Best Buy
Because who doesn’t need more technology in their lives?!
Best Buy is hiring a number of entry-level warehouse workers and equipment operators. The qualifications are straightforward: Be able to carry, lift, push and/or pull at least 40 pounds. A high school diploma is preferred but not required.
Equipment operators also need to be able to lift and be certified to operate certain machinery. Pay is solid: $15.90 per hour.
And if you’re like me and can barely lift a 10-pound weight? The company is also hiring Geek Squad consultation agents and sales associates. (The Elk Grove, California, location is hiring someone to handle the gaming section, too. Score!)
JCPenney is going all out, posting nearly 2,300 seasonal job openings in late August. Many of these positions are for operation and sales associates — no prior experience required.
The job description for the operations association actually got me pumped: “Do you like working with your hands and staying active? Do the words “order” and “process” get you excited? Do you enjoy making things happen behind the scenes and seeing your work flourish on stage?”
As a member of the operations team, you’ll work primarily in the backroom — away from frantic shoppers — and handle orders and merchandise.
If you’re a people-person, you might enjoy the sales position better. You’ll say things like, “Hi, can I help you find anything today?” and answer questions. You should keep up with displays and keep the floor tidy.
Some of the positions are more niche — like in the jewelry department — so keep an eye for those gems.
Go to JCPenney’s career page to peruse thousands of listings — or just search for your place of residence.
This go-to retail chain is hiring seasonal distribution center associates and customer service representatives.
As a distribution associate, your job includes a lot of verbs — even some made-up ones — including “picking, packing, replenishment, shipping, receiving, inventorying and re-warehousing” materials. You’ll need some muscle and endurance to work 8- and 12-hour shifts.
If you can’t lift, look into the customer service representative jobs. These start Sept. 12 with a three-week, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. training schedule in Dallas. Here, you’ll assist online shoppers with any issues they may run into.
Pay for both of these full-time jobs is hourly, but not stated on the company’s site. Glassdoor reports customer service associates make an average $8.76 per hour.
For more information, or to check in on any recently posted seasonal jobs, visit Kohl’s career page.
And apparently I’m not the only one who gets dragged in; Macy’s has nearly 2,000 seasonal positions available to meet its high demand.
Positions include retail merchandising and receiving, fitting room associates and even costume characters. Minneapolis needs a Mrs. Claus and elves!
Most listings don’t call for any education accomplishments. The biggest thing is that you’re flexible with scheduling. (Hint: Black Friday.)
Search Macy’s career page to see what your location is offering.
This retail black hole (as in I could spend hours and substantial dollars in this place) is hiring a slew of seasonal workers across the country — from packers and warehouse workers to operational team members and sales floor team members. (You’ll catch me over in the candle aisle.)
I recommend checking out Target’s jobs website and searching “seasonal.” Be careful to note the date of the job posting; don’t waste your time on any outdated ones (i.e. last January).
You can also sign up for emails, so new job openings will pop straight into your inbox.
7. Toys R Us
Confession: As a kid, my favorite Toys R Us purchases were those troll dolls, which I can now apparently sell on eBay.
But if you’re not lucky enough to get bids on your creepy taste in toys, consider snagging a seasonal gig at the store — after all, Santa can’t possibly hand-make all those toys.
Your main responsibility is loading and unloading all cartons and pallets of trolls — and other toys, which can weigh up to 50 pounds.
You also shouldn’t be scared of heights, as you’ll sometimes work on 40-foot catwalks. Long arms will help, too, as you’ll need to shrink-wrap large, bulky items.
Not feeling the physical work? Me neither. Check out the other open positions on Toys R Us’ career page.
Skullcandy is hiring a work-from-home brand ambassador — fancy talk for a customer service representative.
The popular audio brand known for colorful, candy-like earbuds and gaming headphones, needs someone to answer customer phone calls and emails for $10-11 per hour.
Before you continue: You must live in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Utah or Virginia.
To qualify, you need a home office stocked with the necessary equipment (think: a locking door, internet, headset and anti-virus software). Some college is preferred, but you should at least have a high school diploma or equivalent, plus six or more months of customer sales experience and two or more months of customer service experience.
Available part-time shifts are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mandatory training sessions begin Sept. 30 and run until Oct. 14, so apply today.
I love walking around these stores and ogling at the shiny pots and pans and other fancy cookware I’ll never use. (Hello, beautiful waffle maker.)
That’s why Williams-Sonoma is hiring seasonal work-from-home customer service representatives to process customer orders and answer any questions.
But there’s a catch: In order to snag the job, you must be able to attend training classes — located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. These run Sept. 2 through Oct. 2, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
So if you live in the area or are willing to venture to Oklahoma City, keep reading. Qualified candidates have a high school diploma or GED and two years of sales and/or customer service experience.
To work from home, you should be able to meet all requirements listed on the job post.
If you can meet these requirements with ease, it seems worth the $11 per hour.
Your Turn: Have you had a seasonal job? Where was it?
Disclosure: Here’s a toast to the affiliate links in this post. May we all be just a little richer today.
Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.