Sitters. Babysitters and pet sitters are in demand because of holiday parties and holiday travel. Sittercity.com is one Web site that sees a surge in demand among parents for New Year's Eve childcare, which is a night where you can charge a hefty premium for your services. That's because the usual sitters will have their own party plans. Register at Sittercity.com or care.com to create a profile and describe your availability and your rates. You can even specify the ages of kids you're willing to care for or the types of pets you'd look after.
Santa's helpers. If you're entrepreneurial, this could be great for you. Pitch your availability to family and friends -- especially busy working women (and men!) -- to let them know you'll fight traffic, find a parking space and stand in long lines to pick up their holiday purchases. Offer to wrap them and even ship to out of town recipients. Offer to help setup and clean up their holiday parties. Many people would gladly pay $10 or $12 an hour for such help to save their sanity from the holiday stressors.
Job boards. Search the major job boards now by using the keyword "seasonal" in your city. Many results will turn up on CareerBuilder.com, HotJobs.com, Monster.com and others. Click through them to see what seems appealing to you.
Bottom line: Start today! Don't wait another minute. If you're thinking of a retail position, be ready to fill out an application and talk to the manager on the spot. Don't make the mistake of walking in sloppy, thinking you're just picking up a application and you'll never get to talk to the decision maker. Be ready with references and the right attitude. That also includes patience. Stores are busy so you will have to wait until customers are taken care of before you're seen. So manage your expectations in advance.
Tory Johnson is the Workplace Contributor on ABC's Good Morning America and the CEO of Women For Hire (www.womenforhire.com)