5 Best Temporary Jobs

The holiday season is one of the most expensive of the year… but it’s also a time when it’s most possible to pick up extra work. The classic example, of course, is stores that add workers for holiday shopping crowds.

But there are also less traditional places that you might consider for temporary work. Example? Helping pet sitters with their busiest season.

If you’ve got office skills, register with a temp service. This is heavy vacation season for office workers which makes it prime time for temp workers…and maybe the best path to full time work.

If you’ve got food service experience, restaurants could be hiring… and even if you don’t, check out caterers: it’s definitely their busiest time of the year. Warehouses and distribution centers could also be hiring to keep up with projected demand.

And here’s a unique idea: be a secret shopper, someone who evaluates products and services in stores or restaurants. Depending on the gig, you could get paid… or at least get a free meal.

Bottom line? it’s never easy to find temporary work, and this economy sure doesn’t make it any easier. But if you use your imagination and do a little legwork, might find yourself a good job.

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  • sara coppa

    You mention secret shopper in the segment on the 5 Best Temporary Jobs, but could you give some websites with companies I could contact about signing up to be a secret shopper? I would rather not pay a fee.
    Thank you

  • sara coppa

    You mention secret shopper in the segment on the 5 Best Temporary Jobs, but could you give some websites with companies I could contact about signing up to be a secret shopper? I would rather not pay a fee.
    Thank you

  • alan

    I have never seen a “Secret Shopper” job that was not a scam. Be VERY careful with “Secret Shopper” offers. The ones I have seen later turned out to be money laundering schemes from scammers offshore.

  • alan

    I have never seen a “Secret Shopper” job that was not a scam. Be VERY careful with “Secret Shopper” offers. The ones I have seen later turned out to be money laundering schemes from scammers offshore.

  • Feisty Irish Wench

    There are plenty of legitimate secret shopper sites, and none of those will ever ever ever ask for a fee at all. The companies make their money by charging the clients a fee to perform the shop. If the site charges you a fee, it’s not legit. Rule number 1 of any and all secret shoppers is never pay a fee. Search for online forums and discussion groups for mystery shopping, secret shopping, and similar terms.

  • Mark

    Yeah I would like to give out the website to get temp work doing office work because that's what I am getting my degree in????

  • Mark

    Yeah I would like to give out the website to get temp work doing office work because that's what I am getting my degree in????

  • tom strhan

    dear sirs,
    seeing if a hand is needed, sounds interesting, am a recent english graduate,
    regards,
    tstrhan2002@yahoo.co.uk

  • tom strhan

    dear sirs,
    seeing if a hand is needed, sounds interesting, am a recent english graduate,
    regards,
    tstrhan2002@yahoo.co.uk

  • Feisty Irish Wench

    There are plenty of legitimate secret shopper sites, and none of those will ever ever ever ask for a fee at all. The companies make their money by charging the clients a fee to perform the shop. If the site charges you a fee, it's not legit. Rule number 1 of any and all secret shoppers is never pay a fee. Search for online forums and discussion groups for mystery shopping, secret shopping, and similar terms.

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    I think it is a good suggestion for those you don't find stable jobs yet and this is also consider as work experience and I guess you enjoy working at this job.

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    to be a secret shopper, great idea

  • http://thenewcareersblog.com career ideas

    i love to work extra for sometimes like babysitting.