Career Management

Christmas is just around the corner! Have you got your career all wrapped up for the New Year? The Christmas break is a perfect opportunity to assess your career.

Of course, some people have to work over the holiday period – emergency service workers, medical staff, transport staff, hospitality employees – and, of course, the clergy, they won’t get their holidays until the rest of us have grown tired of celebrating.

Across the UK, around one million people will be hard at work on Christmas Day. Most of the people working at Christmas are carers and nurses, with over a quarter of a million Brits in these professions working on 25 December.

Most of us don’t want a job that involves working when everyone else has time off, but I did find an unusual seasonal vacancy online:

WANTED: Christmas Light Untangler

This November, Tesco has launched the UK’s first Christmas light untangling service in one of their Wrexham stores and sought an enthusiastic individual to fulfil the role of a Tesco Christmas Light Untangler to help customers prepare for the festive season.

This new position offers the chance to show that every little helps by running the unique in-store service with a friendly, flexible approach and making a genuine difference to the little things that matter to Tesco customers at Christmas.

Roles and responsibilities will include:

  • Manning and managing the Christmas Lights Untangling stand
  • Taking time to listen and help out wherever you can: every little helps
  • Checking lights and bulbs for signs of breakage / broken bulbs and report findings to the customer
  • Handling customers’ Christmas lights carefully to keep everything in tip-top condition
  • Talking to colleagues, sharing your enthusiasm and helping to create team spirit
  • Getting to know your customers, greeting them with a smile and serving them with pride.
  • Giving a brilliant customer experience, making sure you deliver only the best service and put a smile on customers’ faces
  • Successfully untangling customers’ Christmas lights neatly, quickly and efficiently and in an orderly fashion
  • Abiding by our Health and Safety policies
  • Always being there on time and properly presented
  • Being passionate and knowledgeable about the service you are offering

Other unusual seasonal jobs include Christmas tree decorator, ice skating rink hand-holder, sprout picker and professional present wrapper. AOL report that a garden centre in Hampshire was looking for a reindeer walker. So, assuming you don’t want to audition as one of Santa’s little helpers there are plenty of temporary seasonal jobs out there.

Which lead me to other unusual jobs, of course, sorry couldn’t resist reporting on the survey from Unum who looked at the strangest jobs available in Britain.

A professional queuer is hired by agencies for £20 an hour to stand in lines; a bed warmer wears a special hygienic sleep-suit to become a human hot water bottle; a professional tea taster consumes 300 cups of tea a day; and a crisp inspector has to expunge overdone or erratically shaped crisps.

Happy, happy, happy Christmas! Hope you don’t have to work over the holidays. Pip, pip.

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About Liz Sebag-Montefiore

Liz Sebag-Montefiore is a Co-Founder and Director of 10Eighty. With over 10yrs of business experience, I have an extensive and impressive blue chip client base. I have worked with numerous firms working in partnership with the client to understand their needs. My current role involves managing relationships with clients, developing new business, and coaching individuals in their career. I really enjoy meeting new people and have strong client relationship and networking skills.

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