Advice on How to Find a Seasonal Job

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Seasonal jobs are available throughout the year, though most hiring takes place during the summer and the winter holidays. Companies, especially retail and transportation, hire workers for the busy holiday season. Resorts hire workers for both ski season and the summer.

What Is Seasonal Employment?

Seasonal employment is employment that does not continue year-round but usually recurs. Many positions are only necessary during certain times of year so workers will only be employed during that time.

Seasonal jobs are temporary and short-term by definition. For example, retailers hire extra workers for the holiday season, tax preparation firms hire employees for tax season, ski resorts hire workers during winter ski season, and amusement parks hire summer seasonal workers.

Positions in this type of employment can vary from sports and outdoor workers, to racing and holiday-related retail work, seasonal attractions, fishing expeditions, etc.

For retail hiring, Christmas is the busiest retail season of the year. Employers start hiring additional staff to ring the cash registers in the fall.

How to Find a Seasonal Job

Seasonal Retail Jobs

Many stores have help wanted signs in their windows and your best bet, if you're interested in a retail seasonal job, is to walk around the mall or your town, and stop in and fill out an application. Macy's, Target and Walmart accept online applications.

Also, check out the local job searching resources for your city or state.

Many of the employers who hire extra help for the holidays are the same employers who hire part-time help. So, be sure to check the part-time job sites.

To expedite your job search, use the job search engines to find seasonal jobs. You can either use the Advanced Search option, selecting Temporary Jobs, or search by keyword for "seasonal" or "temp" jobs.

Temporary Jobs

Temporary agencies often seek additional staff for their clients during the holiday season.

Kelly Services, Snelling & Snelling and Manpower all provide searchable databases of temporary positions. Temping is one of the fastest growing employment sectors in the country and the range of available positions has increased significantly. One of the big pluses of temp work is that you can do it on your schedule. The IRS and state tax departments need help in processing tax returns starting in early January. Government Jobs has links to federal, state and local governmental agencies.

Delivery Jobs

Package delivery services add staff, including drivers and handlers, to help them deal with the deluge of holiday boxes. FedEx has a searchable database of jobs and you can apply online. DHL also has employment information available online.

Outdoor Seasonal Jobs

Does the outdoors sound more attractive? Ski areas and resorts hire extra help for the holiday and winter season. Typical positions include ski instructors and patrol, snowmaking, and hotel and restaurant staff. Some facilities include housing and discounted lift tickets.

If you’re passionate about skiing, and want to share your knowledge with other people, working as a ski instructor can become your "regular" seasonal job.

Many ski resorts bring back the same staff year after year. 

You’ll find summer seasonal employment at beach resorts, amusement parks, and historic and national attractions.

More Seasonal Job Options

Also review hospitality, travel and outdoor job listings so you're viewing a broad range of options. You'll find that many of the jobs in these career fields are seasonal by nature.

How to Find Seasonal Job Listings

The job search engines are a good way to find seasonal job listings. When you use the Advanced Search options you'll be able to search by type of position and narrow the results to include only job listings with seasonal hours. Here's how to search for seasonal jobs on the top job search engines.

Search for jobs on

  • Use's main search page to search by keyword “seasonal” and your location.
  • Or, click on Advanced Job Search or go directly to's Advanced Job Search page.
  • Select a Location.
  • Add Keywords: "seasonal" or "seasonal holiday" "seasonal retail" "seasonal ski" or "seasonal summer", depending on the type of position you are looking for.
  • Click Find Jobs.

Search for jobs on

  • Click on Advanced or go directly to's Advanced page.
  • Enter "seasonal" or "seasonal holiday" "seasonal retail" "seasonal ski" or "seasonal summer" in the keyword box.
  • Enter your zip code.
  • Select job tags if you are interested in a specific type of position.
  • Click Search Jobs.

Search for jobs on

  • Enter "seasonal" or "seasonal holiday" "seasonal retail" "seasonal ski" or "seasonal summer" as a keyword and your location (city, state or zip code) on
  • Click on Search All Jobs.

Search for Seasonal Jobs on
In addition to the search engines, be sure to check out the job postings on All the jobs listed are seasonal jobs and you'll find postings for a variety of occupations in many locations.

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