The run up to Christmas can be a fantastic time of year to land a job. From retailers looking for support during their busiest time, through to uniquely seasonal opportunities such as gift wrapping – there are plenty of ways you can use the festive period to your advantage.
Not only can a Christmas job offer you a chance to try something different, learn some new skills, and stay active over the winter period, it can also lead to a permanent position when the new year rolls around.
With that said, here are nine different jobs that are in high demand in the lead up to Christmas…
1. Work for Royal Mail
Can you deliver in a seasonal role with Royal Mail this Christmas? The holidays can be an exciting time to send and receive post. Mail staff work hard to make sure that letters and parcels reach their final destination in time for Christmas – even if that does mean getting a letter to Santa in the North Pole!
With 29 million addresses across the UK, Royal Mail need all hands on deck over the holiday months. They accept applications across the country for a wide range of roles all year round, but in the lead up to Christmas, they take on ranks of casual Christmas staff who can fill a mixture of full and part-time indoor sorting positions, to keep up with the increased postal demands.
They also offer a number of different shift patterns which should make it easy to find something that suits you. If you decide to work for Royal Mail this Christmas season, you’ll be doing an important and rewarding job, by helping people to connect with friends and loved ones all over the UK. Ready to spread some festive cheer?
2. Become a Gift Wrapper
If you’re looking to wrap up your job search, then a role as a Gift Wrapper could be a great option. For many people, transforming objects into beautifully wrapped gifts can be a fun yet therapeutic festive activity, made even more special by the fact that it’s designed to put a smile on someone’s face at the end.
Gift Wrappers can work long shifts over the Christmas period, so ideally, gift wrapping will be something that you enjoy and would be comfortable doing for hours at a time. There are no set requirements for applying for this role, but you’ll be expected to be able to make gifts look presentable and appealing, and fulfill customers’ wrapping requests.
Although Gift Wrappers are in much higher demand at Christmas, it’s also possible to work as a Gift Wrapper year-round for retailers or gift wrapping services to help with birthdays and weddings. If you become an expert at what you do, you may even decide to set up your own business!
3. Help Christmas keep moving as a Driver
Want to drive your job search forward this Christmas? Well, the good news is that there are plenty of extra opportunities behind the wheel. With people now doing a lot of their Christmas shopping online, there’s an increased demand for delivery drivers with companies like Amazon and Yodel.
With businesses also stocking up their supplies, there’s also a growing need for drivers to help transport goods around the country and with the weather getting colder and darker, many people who would usually travel on foot or by public transport will now be calling for lifts (e.g. Uber) and making use of food delivery services like Uber Eats.
So if you feel like you’re comfortable in a driving job, then now could be the time to put your foot down and find a driving role that suits you. As long as you have a clean full UK licence, you should be able to get started right away…
4. Find a Christmas retail role
Christmas is the busiest shopping season of the year, which means that many retailers throughout the UK will be recruiting for extra help. So if you’re someone who would enjoy meeting and offering assistance to a range of different customers, then it’s worth having a look at what jobs are on offer – and there’s a lot to choose from!
Whether you want to sell Christmas trees, help keep supermarket shelves stocked, or help people pick out a special piece of jewellery for a loved one, hopefully you’ll find something that takes your fancy.
5. Work as Santa or one of his helpers...
Do you want to step outside of your comfort zone and do something a bit different this Christmas? It’s around this time of year that employers start hiring staff to bring Christmas grottos to life. You’ll usually see grottos popping up around the country throughout November and December, especially in shopping centres and large department stores.
People of all ages (but usually children), will visit Santa’s grotto to meet Santa and his or her elves to make a Christmas wish. The experience is designed to help everyone who attends get in the festive holiday mood!
To work as Santa or a Christmas Elf, you’ll be required to dress up and act like the character you’re playing – but don’t worry, you’ll usually be given the costume, along with full training. There are plenty of employers who hire theatrical Christmas staff who have no previous experience, as long as you’re warm, friendly, and willing to entertain people of all ages.
6. Take on a caring role
Would you like to make a positive difference in someone’s life this Christmas? Then why not apply for a job as a Christmas Carer? There’s an increased need for care during the winter months. Sick, disabled, and/or elderly people may become more vulnerable to illness and injury and may struggle with feelings of loneliness and isolation.
If you’ve ever thought about becoming a carer, then a seasonal care role could be a great chance to find out whether or not it’s for you, whilst bringing warmth to someone else’s Christmas.
Most employers will provide full training on the job and, for the right candidate, there may be opportunities to take on part or full-time care shifts once Christmas is over.
7. Help out in a bar or restaurant
In the lead up to Christmas and the New Year, bars and restaurants are full of people catching up and celebrating with friends, family, and work colleagues, making it one of the busiest times of the year. For this reason, hiring managers will usually take on extra staff in the autumn and winter months, to make sure they have the holiday season covered.
Although it’ll be busy, if you’re a sociable person, working in a bar or restaurant during the festive period can be great fun. People begin to relax as they wind down towards Christmas, meaning they tend to be in good spirits!
You may have an advantage when applying for bar and waiting roles if you have previous hospitality or customer service experience. Although, don’t worry if you don’t, as many employers will train staff on the job, providing that they have a positive attitude.
8. Help behind the scenes in a warehouse
If you’re in good health and like doing physical work, there are plenty of opportunities to work in retail warehouses picking, packing, and processing orders. Online retailers become inundated with Christmas gift orders during the holiday season, so it’s no wonder that they need extra hands to make sure that everything continues to run smoothly and deliveries are sent out on time.
Working in a warehouse can be physically demanding, but for those who are healthy and enjoy working in an organised and methodical way, they can be an interesting option in the run up to Christmas.
9. Become a Pet Sitter
If you’re an animal lover, then a role as a Pet Sitter could be a great way to enjoy the Christmas period. Whether you’re a dog person, a cat person – or something else entirely – there are plenty of animals that need looking after during the holiday season.
Not everyone stays at home for Christmas; many use the time as an opportunity to go on holiday or stay with family, and it’s not always possible for their furry friends to go too. So if you’ve been thinking about starting up your own pet sitting business, then now could be a good time.
Pet Sitters may care for pets in their own home or the home of the client and typical duties involve feeding, playing, walking, and looking after the general wellbeing of any pet(s) that are left in your care. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, then sites such as Tailster and Pawshake are great tools for learning the ropes and building up clients.
And if you need any extra inspiration, check out Maggie’story. She became a Pet Sitter in her sixties and describes it as ‘the perfect job’.
Or if you’d be happy to do some volunteering...
10. Volunteer to help others this Christmas
If you’d like to take on a volunteering role this Christmas, then there are a number of charities looking for extra help. For example, every year Crisis need volunteers for their Crisis at Christmas campaign; a unique effort that provides immediate help for homeless people over the holiday period.
Crisis recruits a number of different volunteers, including hairdressers, complementary therapist volunteers, and meal volunteers to help give homeless people the confidence boost they deserve.
Christmas could also be a good time to befriend an elderly person through a charity like Age UK, as people without friends and/or family may be feeling particularly isolated. By offering to keep someone company for even just a morning a week, you could make a huge difference to their quality of life.
These are just a few examples of ways that you could help others by volunteering this Christmas.
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A final note...
Sometimes, seasonal work can feel like simply a means to an end. However, at times, it can be helpful to think of it as an opportunity to open new doors and try new things, while getting paid.
For example, a temporary position may well have the potential to become permanent, or might provide the opportunity to apply for another vacancy elsewhere in the company. It can also give you the opportunity to make new connections and to try out a new role that you might not have previously considered.
Are you considering taking on some seasonal work this Christmas? Do you have any other job ideas that you would like to share with other Rest Less members? We’d love to hear from you! Join the conversation over on the Rest Less community forum or leave a comment below.