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10 Weird and Wonderful Christmas Jobs!

By Santa Claus (Charles Trivett) | Nov 30, 2016 | Friday Funnies

10 Weird and Wonderful Christmas Jobs!The festive season is officially upon us (are you excited?).

And while many industries will start slowing down in the lead up to Christmas, some folks will be facing their busiest time of the year! (We salute you).

Yes, it’s time for the Christmas temps to shine!

I’m guessing you’ve got to be pretty patient (and jolly) to pull some of these Christmas jobs off…

1. Father Christmas

OK, being Father Christmas isn’t a very odd job, but we can’t just leave him off the list!

Obviously the real Santa can’t be everywhere and he is one busy man so he’s had to get his band of Merry men to help out, donning the bright red suit and uncomfortable beard.

Shopping centres and garden centres all over require not-so-secret Santas every year, so if you’re good with kids and can stay in character,this could be your opportunity to shine.

2. Elf (Or Santa’s Little Helper).

Not quite jolly (or round) enough to pull off the big man himself? You could always opt to be an elf instead!

And there are a variety of elvish jobs out there! You could be a…

  • Christmas Grotto Elf.
  • Shop Assistant Elf.
  • Roundtable Elf (you know the Father Christmas who drives around the streets?)

There are loads of of opportunities out there.

Criteria: productivity, toy-making, smiles, great with kids, must love Christmas.

3. Mrs. Claus

If you’re jolly, generous and would like to work with children then “Mrs. Claus” is a great shout.

Of course, you must be willing to put up with Mr. Claus too…

4. Reindeer Walker

Plenty of shops, garden centres and alike hire reindeer to bring in the younger crowd (and all those parents).

So who do you think takes care of them? (Mr and Mrs. Christmas can’t be everywhere at once!)

‘Reindeer Walkers’ are needed to  exercise, feed and look after the festive creatures.

That’s a pretty special job if you ask me.

5. Turkey Plucker

Ok, this isn’t quite as “cheery” as the others… but it is a necessary part of Christmas. Those turkeys won’t pluck themselves!

(Too far? I haven’t even mentioned “Reindeer Chefs yet…”)  

This may seem extremely un-festive of me, but just think about all those happy faces sitting around the table, tucking into Christmas dinner!

The turkey plucker made that happen.

6. Ice Rink Hand-Holder

On the run up to Christmas, temporary ice rinks are a popular addition in many city centres and literally anybody can strap on a pair of skates and hit the ice.

Unfortunately not everybody can actually skate.

So ‘Ice Marshalls’ have to go above and beyond simply handing out skates… If you need a helping hand the ice rink hand-holders have specifically been hired to give you theirs!

I think I’ll just stick to dry, safe land thanks.

7. Mince Pie Maker

Imagine all those mince pies that need to be made over the winter period… most restaurants, pubs and cafés etc. are going to need a few extra hands on deck.

You might also find yourself making…

  • Christmas pudding.
  • Yule Logs.
  • Christmas Cake.

If you love baking (or eating cakes), this is a lovely little job for the festive period – and you don’t necessarily need qualifications!

8. Harrods Window Dresser

Harrods start building their amazing Christmas window display in August and people come from far and wide to see it!

The good old London institution takes it’s festive responsibility very seriously, working tirelessly to create an epic spectacle.

If you’ve got a stunning idea for a winter wonderland, then you could get in touch now – you never know, you might find yourself working in one of the world’s retail hot-spots next year.

9. Christmas Tree Decorator

We all love dressing the Christmas Tree, it’s one of those experiences that takes us back to childhood and gives us all that warm, fuzzy feeling…

But imagine if you had to do it again and again and again and again!

That might take a little of the magic out of the proceedings.

But this is a genuine job that some decide to take up every year – fair enough I suppose – rather them than me!

10. Christmas Present Wrapper

If you’re not a natural “wrapper” then Christmas present wrapping really can be a chore…

And apparently a few savvy entrepreneurs have decided to cash in on that.

Yes, you could be spending your days wrapping gifts for other people!

(Imagine the paper cuts…)

Feeling festive?

You may have missed the boat on some of these weird and wonderful festive jobs – but if you absolutely LOVE Christmas then they’re certainly worth bearing in mind for 2017. And there’s always Easter! (If you’re interested in bunnies, eggs, chicks and chocolate).

Recruiter Pro Tip.

Other than festive jobs, things do tend to slow down a little at this time of year – but that doesn’t mean you should!

If you’re a recruiter, read this blog – 8 Things Recruiters Should Be Doing This December.

If you’re currently looking for a job, read this blog – 3 Reasons to Keep Up Your Job Search During the Festive Season.

To find out how you should be staying productive this festive season!

I do hope that you enjoyed our festive blog – click here to subscribe to our Friday Funnies (we’ll just send over a quick weekly update with our latest one)!

Want a Christmas job? Check out these opportunities…

Happy Friday!

- Santa Claus (Charles Trivett)
Charles dressed as Santa

Santa Claus (Charles Trivett)

Charles heads up Coburg Banks’ IT Division, and has worked in recruitment for nearly 20 years.  His knowledge of how to optimise and get the most from a recruitment campaign is second to none, and he now works with a select handful of clients in maximising their recruitment ROI. (He also makes a pretty good Santa – don’t you think?)

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