Christmas is approaching, and with it come seasonal jobs. For some, these can be a great way to earn extra cash, which can be used to purchase gifts, to pay off debt, or simply to save for the future. Kathy recently sent a question asking which part-time holiday jobs are best:

I am currently employed full time as an electrical engineer making a decent amount of money, but with the holiday season coming up, I was thinking about trying to get an additional part-time job. What is the best way to approach this? Do you know which employers pay the best and/or how to find out which gives the best discounts?

I don’t have any experience with this myself. My sister-in-law spent years working full-time in trendy women’s clothing shops. Many people would seek part-time jobs during the holiday season to make a little extra cash.

But it’s not just retail stores who need help during the holidays. Call centers, delivery companies (such as UPS), and restaurants also seek extra staff. (And so does Santa!)

Andrea at Consultant Journal warns, “If you want a Christmas job, it’s best to start your search well in advance of December.” Now’s the time to look. Many employers want seasonal employees to start in early November.

If I were seeking holiday work, I’d begin with Craigslist. A quick search for Christmas jobs and holiday jobs in my area reveals many options. Temp agencies are another likely source for part-time seasonal work. And, of course, you could always do things the old-fashioned way: go from shop-to-shop in your local mall to see what’s available.

Have you taken a seasonal job before? (Or have you worked in a store that hired extra employees for the holidays?) Do you have any tips for finding the best employer? What else should Kathy consider?

Note: Before you undergo Elf Training, be sure to listen to David Sedaris’ “Santaland Diaries”. Funny stuff. Photo by Sister72.