5 Walmart seasonal jobs to apply for now
The holiday season has quickly become a shopping season. To keep up with consumer demand, many big box retailers like Walmart make a push to hire seasonal workers to help with the shopping crush.
Walmart’s seasonal jobs are focused at their distribution centers, as their online business continues to grow. Walmart maintains a longtime practice of increasing permanent store employee hours to cover seasonal rushes - but you may still find in-store roles.
Hiring for seasonal positions (which typically begins in October) happens quickly. Applicants are usually scheduled to work within a couple of days. Fulfillment center jobs, both part-time and full-time, pay between $15.75 and $24 per hour, depending on the job, geographic location, and hours worked. In some markets, Walmart offers peak seasonal hourly increases of up to $8.
Distribution centers service all Walmart locations and e-commerce brands.
Keep reading to learn more about how Walmart seasonal jobs work and why you should consider applying to help with the holiday rush.
Why should you get a seasonal job at Walmart?
The number of seasonal employees Walmart hires changes each year. There aren’t as many opportunities in some years as there are in others.
But this year, Walmart is looking for 40,000 seasonal and full-time employees for the 2022 holiday season. Could you be one of them?
Although some jobs and locations pay lower wages, the average wage at Walmart is over $17 per hour. You can make even more if you work overtime hours during the holiday rush.
If you already have a job, you could take up some extra seasonal hours by working at Walmart.
But Walmart’s average hourly wage isn’t the only reason to consider this job opportunity. If you’re interested in working in management, Walmart is a great place to start. Three out of four salaried Walmart managers begin their careers as hourly associates.
Plus, if you’re interested in turning your seasonal job into a full-time position, Walmart offers upward mobility. Entry-level associates get pay raises in an average of seven months.
Getting a seasonal job can also be ideal if you’re still looking for your dream job. Working at Walmart can help you bridge the gap between your previous employment and your future job.
Do temporary employees get benefits at Walmart?
One downside of seasonal work is that it rarely comes with job benefits. However, this is not the case at Walmart.
Seasonal workers get some benefits at Walmart, although not all of them are accessible.
You can get some of them as soon as you’re hired, like business travel accident insurance and Resources for Living. Even if you’re only working at Walmart for one or two months, you can make use of these resources if you need them.
If you’re working part-time or as a temporary (seasonal) associate, you’ll become eligible for insurance coverage if you work at least 30 hours per week over a 60-day measurement period. That means you’ll get access to insurance during your last month of employment if you work in a three-month seasonal position.
Walmart’s insurance package includes coverage for the following:
You can get optional associate life insurance and dependent life insurance 89 days after your first 60-day measurement period. This means you won’t be eligible if you’re working for only a short seasonal period, such as two or three months during the holidays.
To access the optional life insurance, you’ll need to work at least 149 days.
If you’re a student, you’ll also have several benefits designed to help you along your learning path.
For example, Walmart can help pay for your tuition.
How long does a temporary job last at Walmart?
Last year, Walmart hired nearly 150,000 new store associates during the holiday season. Most of them ended up landing permanent roles.
Does this mean you’re guaranteed a permanent position at Walmart if you start as a seasonal worker? No. Seasonal workers are never guaranteed a permanent position.
With that being said, Walmart’s announcement for this year’s wave of hires does mention that some of the 40,000 new roles are permanent positions.
You can expect seasonal positions to last during the holiday season and end around the beginning of January.
Seasonal jobs at Walmart
When people think of Walmart, they may envision working as an associate in a store. But there are many more roles available at this company.
Seasonal jobs can be split into five categories:
Warehouse Associate positions are in a fast-paced environment where workers pick and ship customer orders. Employees must be able to lift up to 60 pounds, as duties on any day can include picking, packing, order-filling, and loading and unloading.
Power Equipment Operators are needed to pick and ship larger items that weigh more than 60 pounds. Employees use equipment, such as forklifts and pallet jacks, to perform picking, packing, and loading/unloading tasks.
Customer care associates support customers via phone, email, and chat. Candidates need to have excellent communication skills. Experience in customer service is also a plus, but it’s not required.
Seasonal store associates work in the store to support permanent associates with the influx of holiday shoppers. You’ll work at the cash register, stock shelves, answer customer questions, and perform additional duties as assigned.
Truck drivers operate tractor-trailers and/or trucks to deliver merchandise to Walmart stores. You’ll need attention to detail and a valid driver’s license. For many truck driver positions, you can obtain your Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) on the job.
Seasonal work at Walmart can sometimes turn into a regular full-time job, as the company continues to expand online commerce. Due to the growing demand for their online commerce services, Walmart needs more and more truck drivers to deliver packages and store merchandise.
That’s why they’re hiring truck drivers for permanent positions.
If you’re looking for a full-time, permanent position, your best bet is as a truck driver. If you’d like to learn how to drive an Over The Road (OTR) truck, you can make nearly double the average long-haul driver’s salary by working at Walmart.
If you don’t have the experience required to drive trucks, don’t worry. You can try for any of the other seasonal jobs at Walmart instead. Apply for one of these positions and you could find a holiday job in a couple of days!
Find the perfect seasonal job for you at Walmart
Walmart is an ideal entry-level employer for workers who are new to the job market or who want to gain more experience in customer service. If you already have a job and need to boost your income during the holiday season with a side gig, look no further than Walmart. You can apply quickly if you already have your resume ready to go.
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That is good advice, Kai. I tried to apply at Walmart once. But I wasn't called back.