Shipping clerk/package delivery

For shipping clerk:

The hours: Flexible and partial shifts during the rush season.

Median pay range: The hourly wages run the gamut from $8.50 to $15 an hour based on experience.

Qualifications: You must be computer literate. Retail experience staffing a cash register helps. Background check is standard for most positions.

For package delivery:

The hours: Full eight-hour shifts to part time, depending on where you live.

Median pay range: $9 to more than $14 an hour; tips and bonuses are possible.

Qualifications: You should be somewhat spry to handle the physical aspects of this job. At UPS ( UPS) and FedEx ( FDX), there's typically a written test to gauge communication skills that may be called on when you come face-to-face with a customer. And some training is provided.

Job-hunting tips: Check the big delivery company websites for openings.

If you liked this article you might like

You Said It: The Best Dow Forecaster on Twitter

You Said It: Is Mark Zuckerberg the New Steve Jobs?

You Said It: Last Week's Best Dow Forecast

You Said It: The Week's Best Dow Forecaster