Seeking summer, seasonal, or part-time work?

Begin searching for early! Most holiday jobs are filled by the end of October. Most summer jobs are posted between January and May, but some require early application.

Think about businesses you frequent to buy clothes, shop for groceries, eat out, bank, and get your hair cut, etc. Next time you're in, ask if they're hiring. If you're a regular customer, you have an advantage because you already have some familiarity with their wares and services.

Use your networks! Do your friends have jobs? What can they tell you about their experience with that organization or the hiring process? Some organizations recruit new staff members using referrals from current employees. So it could be a win-win for you and your friend.

Target your web searches. Looking for work while you're at school? Search for "part-time jobs, Tacoma" or "98415, part-time jobs."

Here are resources and tips to get your search started:
  • Handshake: This searchable database of part-time, full-time, seasonal and temporary jobs and internships features both on-campus jobs and off-campus opportunities offered by neighborhood families, local businesses, and national employers. Tip: Set up a Job Alert to automatically receive notice when jobs that match your interests are posted.
  • Individual appointments with a CES career advisor: Schedule career advising appointments to devise a job search action plan specific to your individual goals. CES is open year-round, including winter, spring, and summer breaks!

  • Summer Job & Internship Fair: Connect with summer camps, parks, event planning companies, and more!

  • More Job Search Resources

Camps: Working as a camp counselor may be a fun summer job, and also a way to build experience if you're interested in a career that involves working with children. Pay may not be very high, but room and board are often included.

Entertainment, Resorts, and Recreation: Theme parks, casinos, resorts, golf courses, ski lodges, and other recreation centers require large numbers of staff members to operate. Positions may be available for lifeguards, maintenance crews, entertainers, tour guides, wait staff, housekeepers and more.

Banks/Financial Institutions can provide excellent pay and flexible hours. Many local banks hire for part-time or summer teller positions.

Fitness Clubs often hire individuals to perform a wide range of tasks including reception, child care, cleaning, etc. Aerobics instructor and lifeguard/swim instructor positions may also be available for qualified individuals.

Food and Beverage Industry jobs extend beyond wait staff. Other positions include bus person, cook, host/hostess, dishwasher, cashier, bartender, manager.

Government (local, state, federal) positions may include office work, construction work (road crews), and city recreation work (lifeguards, maintenance crews, etc.). Some cities run convention centers (such as the Greater Tacoma Convention Center) which may provide opportunities for a wide-range of part-time jobs.

Grocery Stores (including Costco) are often hiring clerks and baggers. Other options might include working in the deli, decorating cakes, stocking shelves, and more.

Health Care: Many positions may be volunteer positions, but you might be able to find paid opportunities as well. Paid positions may include working as a lab technician, providing custodial work in a health care clinic, or leading activities for residents in a retirement community. If a career in health care appeals to you, this might be a way to test it out and gain valuable experience.

Hospitality/Hotels regularly seek individuals with an interest in customer service to staff their front desks but other available positions may involve food service, housekeeping, and other maintenance positions.

National & State Parks: If working outdoors interests you, consider working for a state or national park. The U.S. Department of the Interior oversees national parks while the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission oversees Washington State Parks. Available positions may include working as a seasonal park ranger, assisting with a conservation project, or serving as a lifeguard.

Retail positions are often available and may carry perks such as employee discounts. Tip: If it's a clothing store, you might be able to build a professional wardrobe on a budget!

Especially during winter holidays, retailers hire seasonal staff to work cash registers and stock shelves. They also need: characters and entertainers, security personnel, in-store demonstration personnel, gift wrappers, store ambassadors, and trouble shooters.

Tip: Look for opportunities with other aspects of the holiday shopping season—package delivery services add drivers and handlers; service and call centers need extra folk, too.

Staffing Agencies assist employers with finding temporary or part-time staff members to fill vacancies. Many temporary positions involve clerical work, but there are also more specialized agencies focusing on health care, technology, etc.

American Camp Association provides resources to help connect with a variety of summer camps nationwide.

Looking for opportunities on a sustainable farm? Wilderness therapy? Or how about working at a Buddhist retreat? features experiences that will take you off the beaten path. lists a wide range of seasonal jobs. is a one-stop portal for federal government employment opportunities. connects candidates with nationwide opportunities at camps, resorts, amusement parks, hotels, and more.

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