By Kyle Kensing
Employers respond to the holiday season each year by adding workers to meet increased demand. While some of those seasonal jobs can certainly make this time of year merrier, others are the labor force equivalent of a lump of coal in your stocking.
The best seasonal jobs help you spread cheer through significant paychecks, while others provide work well after all the decorative lights have come down. However, some holiday jobs can turn ho-ho-ho into ho-ho-humbug.
Holiday hiring estimates point to 3% more jobs this season than last, reports the Department of Labor, so there are gigs to be had for those seeking seasonal employment. But distinguishing the desirable from the disastrous requires a list not unlike Santa Claus’s rundown of the naughty and nice.
Using criteria from our Jobs Rated reports , here are this holiday season's best and worst jobs: