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5 Seasonal Jobs for People Who Don’t Want to Work in Retail

Written by Peter Jones

Hoping to snag a seasonal job to bump up your income for the end of the year—but don’t want to end up in an elf costume or folding sweaters all weekend long? Retail gigs are great, of course, but if they’re not your particular extra-spending-money cup of tea this season, there are still available seasonal gigs that might be.

Here are 5 great examples of seasonal jobs that have nothing to do with retail.

1. Election Clerk

This is a temporary, part-time job around election time. Look into your county or state’s Board of Elections and see if they are planning to hire any extra help. If you’re organized, reliable, efficient, and into democracy, this could be a great option for you.

2. Seasonal Sports Instructor

If you’re good at a sport and a good teacher, this is a great way to make a little extra scratch. Say it’s summer and you’re great at fly fishing. Or it’s the holidays and you’re an accomplished skier. This could be a great way of combining one of your favorite activities with the chance to earn some bonus cash.

3. Tax Associate

Tax season is just around the corner, believe it or not. At least, it’s not too early to start casting your net if you’re a tax prep guru and looking for a seasonal gig at tax time.

4. Admissions Reader

Ever wonder how all those colleges and universities read through all of the applications they’re sent? They don’t! (Well, they do, just not every single one as carefully as possible.) Find an institution with rolling admissions or transfer admissions and see what the relevant opportunities might be.

5. HR Admin

Ever wonder who vets and hires all this temporary, seasonal help? Often human resources departments will take on extra team members to help them process extra applications at busy times. Take advantage of the seasonal economy growing!

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