What They Do: Chain of discount grocery stores that specialize in a no-frills look in order to maintain low prices; there are more than 1,000 store locations in the U.S.
Types of Part-Time Position(s) Available: Cashiers
Desired Hours Per Week: Varies by location, but they generally prefer applicants with lots of schedule flexibility; weekend work is usually required.
Starting Pay: around $11.50/hour.
Benefits: medical/dental coverage; paid holidays.
Requirements: high school diploma or GED; must pass pre-employment drug screening and background check; prior cash register or retail experience is a plus.
The Inside Scoop: as cashier jobs go, this one is rather nice because (in many locations) the cashiers are allowed to be seated at the register; also, cashiers are not responsible for bagging groceries since Aldi doesn't provide bagging as part of their checkout process (customers can bring their own bags/boxes to pack their order, if they wish).
Apply in person at your nearest Aldi location.
Next: Trader Joe's
What They Do: grocery store chain with 300 locations in 25 states.
Types of Part-Time Position(s) Available: lots of openings for crew members (the general term for most non-management Trader Joe's store employees; they perform all store-related tasks, from working a cash register to stocking shelves); food demonstrator opportunities are also available.
Desired Hours Per Week: Offers very flexible scheduling options; ability to work evenings and weekends is a plus; part-time employees can work up to 35 hours per week.
Starting Pay: $8 to $12/hour
Benefits: Medical/dental coverage, store discounts, paid time off.
Requirements: Trader Joe's prides itself on providing a fun atmosphere for both customers and employees, so an upbeat attitude is a must. High school graduates are preferred. Previous customer service or retail experience is a plus.
The Inside Scoop: About 85% of full-time employees start on a part-time basis; unlike many full-time store staff members, part-timers don't supervise other crew members.
Apply in person at your nearest Trader Joe's (since personality and attitude are important criteria for would-be crew members, managers like to meet applicants face-to-face).
AT&T (Stock Quote: T)
What They Do: World's largest telecommunications company.
Types of Part-Time Position(s) Available: Retail sales and customer service openings at many locations nationwide.
Desired Hours Per Week: Varies; some weekends, evenings and holidays are usually involved .
Starting Pay: Usually around $10 - $12/hour; some sales positions also involve commissions.
Benefits: Medical/dental coverage, paid time off, retirement plan, free cell phone service.
Requirements: Must be knowledgeable about the latest communication technology and devices.
The Inside Scoop: The company describes their perfect job candidate as "part geek, part social butterfly." You must really enjoy talking about the latest technology, have great communication and problem-solving skills and be able to walk customers through the process of activating and using their devices. The AT&T career site features a podcast filled with job interview tips.
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