Christmas Break Job Opportunities and Tips

Christmas Break Job Opportunities and Tips
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    Whether you call it "Christmas break" or "Winter Recess," you're about to enjoy a much-needed and deserved scaling back of your academic pursuits until Jan.

    From now until nearly Christmas Eve, thousands of colleges will be giving students time off, with those on a semester schedule typically ending their fall semester to coincide with the holidays.

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For many students, it will be a break lasting about five weeks, giving them plenty of time to enjoy the company of family and friends, perhaps even working a job for at least part of that time. Work, however, may be difficult to find, unless you look at a variety of options and show much flexibility with your plans.

1. Child Care — Children are off from school for about two weeks around Christmas and the New Year, but for some parents, work does not come to an end. This can be your opportunity to offer your services for at least part of that time, enjoying full-time work as you take the kids skating, to the movies and making sure that they are bathed, dressed and fed. If you can give up your New Year’s Eve, put yourself out to the highest bidder. You may be able to pull down $100 for one night’s care.

2. Shovel Snow — If you live in a cold climate, you can expect that it will snow perhaps multiple times while you’re home on break. Get a shovel and go door to door, offering to clear your neighbors out. For a light packed snow, charge from $20. For heavier snow, you may be able to fetch from $50. If you live in a warmer climate, offer to clean out gutters, rake leaves or cut the grass.

3. Retail Stores — It isn’t too late to head to the mall and visit retailers with job request on your lips. Stores often delay hiring until staff is absolutely needed or may look to replace people that decided working retail during the Christmas season just doesn’t suit them. Know that you usually can work straight through the new year, filling in for sales staff that may take vacations in Jan.

4. Staffing Agencies — Do you have office skills? If so, your talent can come in handy at this time of the year. For many companies, they’ll turn to Kelly Services, Manpower and other national and local agencies to fill their staffing needs especially as their own people take vacations. Your computer skills, customer friendliness and enthusiasm can work toward your advantage. You can also skip the staffing agencies and approach companies directly.

5. Wait Staff — Restaurants and bars are quite busy around the holidays as people hold office parties and as families look to eat out at least once instead of cooking. You’ll find big demand for your services if you already have worked as a server, and are old enough to mix cocktails. Visit your local bakery too — demand for counter help fluctuates as does the season.

6. Ski Resorts — Your love of white powder and the slopes makes you a natural candidate for a ski resort job. And some resorts want workers to bolster staffing, especially when families take to the slopes. Also consider taking on work at your local ice rink or any other public venue where winter sports (e.g. ice fishing, snowboarding, sledding, et al) are in.

7. Sell It — If you have a knack for buying and selling, then put your talent to work online. Help your parents, a friend, relatives, or a neighbor to sell off their items with you taking a commission. If you can stand it, hold a yard sale on a frigid day. You will have no competition and you can charge a percentage of the “take” to earn your keep. Sell hot chocolate on the side to bolster your earnings.

Winter Break

Even if your winter break is a short one, you can pursue one or more of these options to make good money while you’re away from school. Some opportunities come with fantastic perks too such as free skiing when you work at the ski lodge.

See AlsoChristmas Break Jobs for College Students

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