Brian Alden: Around this time every year, companies across the country begin planning for seasonal shifts in their business. Cooler temperatures signal the upcoming holiday season, and for many companies, the end of the fiscal year.
Whether you're looking for long-term employment, or searching for opportunities to supplement your income, there are a variety of job openings available for you right now.
Retail stores are well-known for increasing their payroll staff during the holiday months. Although the shopping mall and big box stores come to mind for holiday employment, also consider specialty shops such as Halloween, Christmas and party stores.
With so many items being shipped throughout the holiday season, companies like UPS and FedEx need all the additional help they can get. Traditionally known as "Driver Helper" or "Package Handler", these employees are hired to assist full-time drivers with distributing packagesDepending on the region you live in, hotels and resorts may reach peak business during the holidays. From housekeeping and room service to accounting and event coordinating, there are a wide variety of positions hotel establishments hire for. Don't forget that popular ski destinations are also gearing up for the winter season, so if you love to hit the slopes, a hospitality job at a ski resort may be for you.
Finally, don't rule out traditional job opportunities throughout your search. Research companies that experience up-ticks in business in the New Year. These businesses strive to hire all new employees before November and December rolls around so that they can be trained and ready to hit the ground running come January 1st.
Keep all this information in mind and you will be on your way to finding that great seasonal job!