I Have SO Been an Elf…Now What?

danny-0509Exploring options for seasonal employment.

Hello loyal job seekers! It’s the season for seasonal employment. I couldn’t believe my eyes as I wandered through the Galleria last week and saw the holiday decorations quickly finding their new homes. After talking to employers, I know many are ready to begin hiring seasonal workers for various positions.

I thought I’d give you some insight into what types of jobs are out there. Last year I highlighted the positions that capitalize on the seasonal element of the seasonal positions. Outdoor ice rink positions (in Houston even!) are back again. The Ice Rink at Discovery Green has partnered with Workforce Solutions to staff its needed positions. Because of its success last year, an additional ice rink has opened at the Pearland Town Center. (If you are interested in these positions AND can ice skate, visit or call your nearest Workforce Solutions office for more information on how to apply.) Of course, you could also be an elf and work with the mall Santa to get lots of excited children photographed and memorialized in their terrified and crying glory.

However, I think it’s vital to remember that if you are looking for seasonal work around the holidays, the retail industry is where it’s at. Indeed, in speaking with employers, they often have to get employees from other retail establishments to fill part-time hours. Many seasonal employees work for more than one employer part-time and make full-time hours with increased perks such as shopping discounts and employee benefits. There are hundreds of positions available at the local malls this season. Go to www.workintexas.com and search for retail positions to find out about all the great retail opportunities that are hiring now. Who knows, if you’re a stellar employee that can work the flexible hours, you might become a full-time elf…err, employee.

Finally, with the holidays approaching come holiday parties. There are plenty of seasonal positions that result from an increase in celebrations over the holidays. Workforce Solutions has opportunities with employers seeking banquet servers to assist at holiday parties. If you have prior experience as a fine-dining or banquet server and have the tuxedo uniform, you are a hot commodity! Also, I’ve seen positions for people to help load and unload trucks for beverage distributors with their increase in sales and deliveries for the holidays. Both of these positions have lots of hours available! Again, visit a Workforce Solutions office to inquire and find out how to apply.

Best wishes to you this holiday season. If you are unemployed, finding seasonal work in any of these positions could lift your spirits to re-energize your job search while adding work experience to your resume and income to your pocket. So, go…apply…and find your inner elf!

Danny Zendejas is the Hospitality Business Consultant for Workforce Solutions in the Houston metropolitan area. He has over eight years of experience in the hospitality industry and workforce development and is a native of San Antonio, Texas.



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