It’s now that time of year when retail companies and shipment companies need more employees and some people consider taking on another job to help save money for presents or vacations. There are pros and cons to taking on that second job and this article will help you determine if it is right for you.
In this economy, jobs are difficult to come by. This year should bring slight increases in the number of retail seasonal hires from last year. However, the hiring will occur later in the season than in past years. Some stores are opening entire new temporary stores to accommodate the increased sales. At this point there are still ample opportunities to find seasonal employment. There will likely be competition for these jobs though. Retail employment has taken a hit in the economy and there are fewer full time retail jobs. The former retail employees not only have experience in retail work, but they might also have more flexible schedules if they are still unemployed.
That’s not to say that anyone can’t apply or be hired for the work. Shipment companies are always hiring for workers if you are able to do certain levels of lifting and physical work. If you are hard working and willing to sacrifice time with family and friends for the holiday season, this may be the perfect chance to make some extra money either in retail or package handling.
Despite the fact that a temporary or seasonal holiday job may provided extra income, a needed boost on the resume or references, the job would likely be minimum wage with no benefits and will steal precious holiday time from family and friends. Also it may cause burn out if you are working a day job and you add a second job. The stress of the holidays is difficult enough with out adding a second job and limited free time. If you are attempting to earn extra money for gifts, this may cause resentment against those you wanted to surprise.
Seasonal employment may be an excellent option for a second job. The jobs often are not seeking people with a lot of experience, so you are more likely to meet qualifications than in the off season. The main trade off that would be most difficult would be the lack of free time. If you go in with the understanding that it is only temporary and it will pass, you can likely be successful at your second job.
Stephanie Clifford and Catherine Rampell “Holiday Hiring by Retailers Not Expected to Rise Much”, The New York Times.
Jayne O’Donnell “Target, Toys R Us, Other Retailers Boost Jobs for Holidays”, USA Today.
“The Pros and Cons of Seasonal Temp Work”, CVTips.