One benefit of the holiday season—aside from cookies, presents and wonderful cheesy Christmas movies—is the chance to make a little extra cash when stores start their seasonal hiring. Amazon is no exception, and even better, their jobs can be done in your favorite Christmas pajamas. The company is looking for full-time and part-time seasonal work-from-home customer service associates to help during the peak holiday season.
Becoming an Amazon Customer Service Associate
Being a customer service agent at home means you'll be talking to customers via phone and live chat to help them with their orders. You'll need to pack some patience, as anyone whose lived the customer service life before knows things can get a bit stressful. You'll also need a high school diploma or GED equivalent and at least a year of experience in customer service, as well as being savvy with the internet.
Apply for a Seasonal Job at Amazon
Amazon is offering full- and part-time jobs for the holidays. For full time, you will work no more than 60 hours per week, with pay at $10 an hour. Part-timers will get 20 to 29 hours a week (and possibly up to 40) at $12 an hour. Shifts include days, afternoons and evenings and possibly weekend hours and holidays. As is everything during the holiday season, this job is temporary and will only last about six months. It's important to note that you can ONLY apply for the full-time position if you live in these 17 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah or West Virginia. To apply, click here. To apply for this part-time position, you must live in one of the following 34 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin or Wyoming. Click here to apply. There are also states where Amazon prefers to hire those who were in the military. You can see the full time job posting for that here and the part time one here.
Finding Other Seasonal Work
If you don't qualify for Amazon's gig or want something that gets you out of the house, most retailers also increase hiring near the holidays. This story covers some of the retailers that were hiring around the holidays last year. While some are already listing positions, like Macy's and Kohl's, others aren't quite there yet, so keep the link handy and check back later. Also, you should know that Target just announced that they're hiring 100,000 seasonal workers right now—chances are there's a Target near you, so this is a great opportunity if you want to make a little extra cash around the holidays. [h/t: The Penny Hoarder]