Santa's hiring, sort of: UPS hiring seasonal workers
Santa Claus may have enough elves helping him make toys, but with an entire globe to deliver to, he's getting some help from UPS.
UPS is looking for seasonal workers for the holidays and often beyond, according to its Web site.
It's hiring 50,000 seasonal package handlers and drivers' helpers, down from 60,000 two years ago, according to an ABC News story.
The part-time jobs are typically for package handlers, so the sexy jobs of driving UPS trucks must be popular enough to be filled without part-time workers.
It's holiday positions are typically driver helper positions, assisting with package pickup and delivery, so there's a chance you'll be in a UPS delivery truck as a seasonal worker.
Or for part-time work that could last beyond Christmas, there's nothing wrong with help sort Christmas packages that are an important part of Santa's route.
UPS advertises having consistent work schedules, and weekends off except at some of its air hubs.
But unlike Santa, who gets all of the glory, these seasonal jobs probably won't get as many thank-yous from appreciative customers. They're fast-paced, physically demanding jobs with average pay starting at $8.50 an hour.
Aaron Crowe is a freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a writer and editor at WalletPop, an Aol personal finance blog, and writes for other AOL Web sites. He can be found at www.AaronCrowe.net