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Gumtree’s Guide To Christmas Jobs

Friday 21 November 2014, by
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Gumtree’s listings are always chock-full of job ads but job seekers will find more opportunities than ever in the lead up to Christmas

How time flies. It only seems like a few weeks ago that we were preparing for autumn, and now it’s nearly Christmas! And one things for certain, Chrimbo seems to get more and more expensive every year.

With this in mind, a lot of people take on extra jobs at this time of year, which is a great way to ensure you earn a little extra in time for the festive season.

If you are looking for some extra seasonal work this year then Gumtree is the place for you. A quick search will bring up lots of seasonal jobs. But, before you jump in we’ve put together a handy guide to the type of seasonal jobs that are on offer.

Sales Assistant

Christmas is by far the busiest time of the year for shops and department stores, which means that each year you’ll find plenty of job ads on Gumtree for temporary sales assistants. The role can entail anything from stacking shelves to working the till depending on your experience and the types of jobs on offer.

The type of person they are looking for

They say: Smart, enthusiastic, understanding, good with people.

We say: Even if you don’t have any experience there are sales assistant roles out there for you. Working in a shop or department store can be challenging but if you are good with people and can keep a smile on your face when faced with a difficult customer it could be the role for you.

Customer Services

There are plenty of customer service roles on offer on the Gumtree jobs board at any given time. However, at this time of year a lot of businesses advertise for seasonal cover for their call centers. Working on the phones is another easy way to earn extra cash for the holidays and training is always given so you won’t be dropped in at the deep end.

The type of person they are looking for

They say: Organised, works well under pressure, computer literate.

We say: You need to be patient and hard working as call centers are notorious for pushing their employees for maximum performance. But don’t let that put you off. If you’re not afraid of answering the phone and you’re looking for a decent way to earn money rather than an opportunity to slack off then a customer service role could be for you.

Delivery Driver

Christmas time also sees a rise in deliveries for some companies so you will find job ads for seasonal cover. You will usually need experience and a clean driving license so this isn’t a job for everyone. However, if you like driving and have been a delivery driver in the past it might be worth considering.

The type of person they are looking for

They say: Experienced, hard working, able to do unpredictable hours.

We say: This isn’t a job for everyone but if you’re not prone to road rage and can work a sat nav it can be a great way to earn some extra money.

Santa Claus

Becoming St Nicholas for the holidays is the ultimate Christmas job around. If you love working with children it can be a very rewarding way to earn some extra cash. Look out for roles advertised on Gumtree for shopping centers and grottos.

The type of person they are looking for

They say: Excellent customer service skills, lively, loves working with children.

We say: This isn’t a job for everyone, as most places will provide the Santa costume but will be looking for older men who look the part. However, long grey beards and padding can be provided so as long as you’re keen and have a convincing ho ho ho you could be in with a chance.


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