Working in retail does
not necessarily mean that every day is the
same. If you're looking to add some
excitement to your retail career or earn
some extra cash with an out-of-the-ordinary
job, there are plenty of seasonal
opportunities that go beyond ringing cash
registers and stocking shelves. While all
positions are not the same, consider one of
the following cool temporary jobs. You may
even decide to make seasonal work your
For years, people have told you that
something about you seems familiar. Perhaps
it's a twinkle in your eye or a laugh that
reminds them of something from their
childhood. Maybe it's time to put that
special something to use.
Many retail organizations hire seasonal
characters to help bolster holiday sales. A
good Santa or Easter Bunny can have a
significant effect on store sales.
To successfully play a character, you need
to love children, have a good sense of
humor, be flexible and have a strong back.
Only dependable candidates need apply.
Retailers don't want to have to tell little
Joey that Santa is off tending to a sick
Picture yourself incognito, skulking through
the aisles of electronics as shoppers scurry
through the store. Suddenly, you spot a
shoplifter and radio for backup. Sound
intriguing? Undercover security or loss
prevention might be the ticket you need to
exit your 9-to-5 job.
Stores increase security personnel during
peak buying times. Candidates with police
backgrounds or security experience are
encouraged to apply. Before you fill out
your application, be sure your background is
pristine. Security personnel usually undergo
extensive background checks prior to being
handed the keys to the store.
This job is not for the faint-of-heart. You
also will need to be agile, because you may
have to chase down shoppers who haven't paid
for their merchandise.
Have you ever walked out of a store because
you couldn't find a sales associate? If so,
you're not alone. Large retailers and
specialty retailers are recognizing the
importance of greeting customers at the
point of entry, particularly during peak
shopping times. Store ambassadors are
strategically placed at the front of the
store to welcome and direct customers to the
appropriate department or salesperson.
If you enjoy putting together the pieces of
a puzzle, this might be the job for you.
Ambassadors need to assess quickly who can
best service each customer's needs.
Individuals with strong problem-solving
skills and friendly, outgoing personalities
are prime candidates for these types of
Wanted: Someone who can make angry shoppers
happy while they wait in long lines the day
Joyful holiday shoppers often return to the
store as tired, worn-out customers. They
have bags of items to exchange or return,
and the last thing they want to hear is a
company policy read to them. A calm
personality and the ability to multitask
will make you a shoe-in for this type of
customer service representative.
Are you glued to the TV when "Emeril Live"
is on? Do you know how to perfectly fold an
omelet? You may be ready to take your show
on the road. All great chefs have to start
somewhere. Why not as an in-store
Such people are in high demand throughout
the year, particularly during peak buying
times. They do more than just prepare and
hand out free samples. They engage customers
and create interest in the products they
represent. They are in the business of
Don't worry if you can't boil an egg. Stores
need people to demonstrate technical
products, such as computer printers and
sewing machines, too.
This is a great way to get some hands-on
sales experience. Candidates with an
outgoing personality are encouraged to
The list of cool seasonal jobs goes on and
on. Professional seasonal workers know this
is a great way to try out new things, make
some extra cash and have time off to pursue