For many, Christmas is a very special time of year. If that sounds like you and you’d like to get really involved in the run-up to Christmas, then now’s the time to seek out a job as a casual worker over the festive season. One of the most sought-after jobs for those who really love Christmas is working for the big man himself, as an assistant to Santa or a Christmas elf. But with just over a month to go until Xmas, you’d need to get your skates on.
Santa’s grotto jobs and Christmas elf jobs are highly in demand at this time of year and are some of the first Christmas casual jobs to be filled in the run-up to Christmas so it’s important you get your application in quickly.
Those without Christmas cheer should not apply
While you won’t need much in terms of qualifications (although previous experience in a similar role would be useful), what you will need is bags of infectious Christmas spirit, enthusiasm and a never-ending smile. After all, it will be your job to welcome children (and parents) into the grotto, and some children may be nervous about meeting Father Christmas for the first time.
There’s usually a dedicated photographer on hand to take photos of those meeting Santa, but knowing your way around popular brands of camera–phone will be useful, as you will inevitably be asked to take photos using customers ‘devices.
Bigger department stores may be looking for team leaders, so some supervisory experience could come in handy. Apart from that, basic training and costume (if required) is usually supplied in these roles, so you shouldn’t be thrown in at the deep end. Just be aware that interviews for Christmas elf jobs tend not to follow the standard interview routine. You may be asked to take part in an audition in front of Santa himself, so make sure you’re prepared for that!
Christmas comes once a year, but the skills you learn are for life
Of course, a Christmas job isn’t just a great way of getting into the Xmas spirit early and making the season last longer, it’s also a great way of making money to fund your own Christmas shopping. And the skills that you learn in a role at this time of year, even as an elf, can be transferable into other jobs which can help you with your career. As an elf or grotto assistant, you’ll certainly improve your interpersonal and customer-facing skills.
Furthermore, working with kids or animals (many grotto’s have live reindeer these days) can be stressful, so it shows you have resilience, patience, and are committed to the job at hand – all attributes in demand by just about every employer.
Don’t be the elf left on the shelf when it comes to working for Santa this Christmas. For a wide range of Christmas casual jobs in a variety of industries, start your festive job search on Zoek today.
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