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The Coolest, Weirdest & Most Christmassy Jobs Ever

2020 has seen mass unemployment, the introduction of the word furlough to our dictionary and the boom in flexible and remote working opportunities.

The year may be almost over, but that hasn’t stopped us thinking about the most amazing jobs that have popped up on the radar over the years during the festive season.

In this article we look at the most amazing jobs that are available during Winter and a lot of them are even available with a flexible working schedule!

Santa Claus

Do you love Christmas? Can you shake your belly like a bowl full of jelly? Can you grow a big beard, name all 9 reindeer AND “Ho Ho Ho”?!

Then your perfect festive job is becoming SANTA!

Santa Claus has been a figure of popular culture since the mid 1700’s and you’ll be responsible for keeping the magic alive. You’ll need to be able to work a crowd of festive fun goers, let out some big Ho Ho Ho’s and captivate children into believing in Santa Claus.

Some background in acting, drama or performing is usually expected as well as being able to improvise and think on the spot – you never know what children might ask Santa for! Preferable attributes include enjoying mince pies, not having a fear of flying and previous reindeer handling experience. This is not essential though as full training will usually be given.

Christmas Elf

Become a part of the yuletide tradition, and turn yourself into a Christmas Elf! If you love Christmas, enjoy working with children, and thrive on helping people create magical memories with a fantastic festive experience then this is absolutely a job you should consider. As an Elf, you will spend early December through to Christmas Eve assisting jolly Santa. 

Experience is desirable but not essential as training will usually be given. A theatrical interest is beneficial, as are any additional special talents to bring a smile to small faces, such as dancing, juggling and general wackiness.

Ice Sculptor

Ice sculptures are created by highly-skilled artists who carve impressions out of ice. Before even a small chunk of ice is removed from a budding ice sculpture, an ice sculptor must first come up with an idea and design. In many cases, this design is dictated by the sculptor’s clients. Once an ice sculptor has decided on what type of masterpiece he wants to create, they must then obtain a suitable piece of ice. The most desirable pieces of ice are rather large and completely clear. Since regular water has a tendency to become cloudy when it freezes, special measures must be taken to create suitable blocks of ice. 

After the idea has been sketched and the ice has been obtained or created, an ice sculptor then starts creating his masterpiece by removing small bits or ice from the block. This can be done using several different tools. Some tools that are used for sculpting ice include chainsaws, chisels, rotary tools, files, rasps, and torches.

Ski Instructor

There are many types of jobs available to people who would like to do temporary seasonal work in a ski resort. One job that is competitive is that of the ski instructor. When dreaming of working in a ski resort, it’s perhaps this role that springs to mind as it is seen as one of the most glamorous positions. You’re out all day on the ski slopes – but isn’t that what people work in ski resorts for; to get as much time as possible on the mountains? 

But working as a ski instructor doesn’t have to be just a temporary seasonal position. A lot of students and graduates who take on holiday or part time work end up making a dedicated full time career out of it. Ski instructors earn between £9-£14 an hour depending on where they’re based.

Professional Gift Wrapper

This is a role with a variety of flexible working options. You could work for yourself, wrapping presents for people with money to spend but are short on time, or you could set up a business where you train others on how to wrap correctly. Wouldn’t it be amazing to go into a shop like Harrods or Selfridges and teach the staff how to present the gift-wrapped purchases beautifully? 

You need creativity and an open mind to become a professional gift wrapper, as well as impeccable attention to detail – every has to be absolutely perfect. People start out on pretty much the minimum wage, but once you’ve got going, you can charge £150 a day. It’s seasonal work though, so you’ll need to think about how to expand your business during the slower times.

Christmas Tree Decorator

If you’ve got an eye for detail, as well as boundless ends of creativity and energy then you could become a professional Christmas tree decorator. You will also need to have steady hands to ensure that ornaments are not damaged, as well as nerves of steel as you may be working up a ladder quite a bit of the time. 

Working schedules are usually quite flexible, however when you do work, you need to know that most decorative work takes place overnight. If you are thoroughly professional and dedicated to ensuring that your work exceeds all client expectations, then this could be the perfect role for you. Chances are you’ll also spend the whole time working with Christmas music playing!

Ice Rink staff

Are you on the hunt for an exciting and different temporary job? Working at a festive ice rink offers plenty of flexibility with schedules and there’s usually loads of overtime up for grabs! Tasks will vary, but ultimately you will be looking after customers on the ice, so you will need to be a strong skater. You will also need to have a great head for health & safety, as the safety of the visitors will be of utmost importance.

The bonus… most seasonal ice-rinks that popup during winter are usually part of some kind of alpine village which includes a bar, food and live entertainment and you will usually get a discount at these places or possibly even some freebies.

Mince Pie Chef

The average pastry chef in the Uk earns between £16k – £29k, with bonuses available of up to £3,000. So if you’ve got a cracking mince pie recipe that the world just simply needs to taste then this might be the job for you. Pastry chefs are responsible for the creation, decoration, and presentation of desserts such as cakes, pastries and pies.

Christmas Card Designer

Are you able to produce contemporary and cutting-edge designs for Christmas? You will need to be full of original ideas and thrive working in a busy studio environment. You’ll need to be passionate and able to keep up to date with the latest trends in colour and product development. Your day to day will consist of creating new designs and reformatting past successes. Sitting and designing Christmas cards all day really does seem like the dream!

Personal Shopper

Are you the kind of person who always manages to buy the exact gift that someone wanted, or went above and beyond what they’d asked for and bought them something even better? If you answered yes then you could be a personal shopper. You may find yourself working for busy families, super-rich celebrities, older people with mobility issues, department stores, corporate executives, image consulting agencies, or event planning companies. The market you work for, will dictate where you shop.You will usually work individually with your clients, who will be short on time and just need someone to take care of everything for them. The role involves you needing to get to know your clients as well as you do your family within a very short space of time. 

If you don’t want to be restrained by a typical 9-to-5 job, then this role is perfect for you! If you’re working for yourself (which is usually the case for many personal shoppers), you’ll decide your own working hours, based on the demand for your services. Starting salaries for personal shoppers are usually around £14,000 to £18,000. With experience, this can increase to between £19,000 and £23,000, while in high-end retail you’ll typically be able to command a salary of about £25,000. If you’re self-employed, you’ll be able to set your own rates, which will largely depend on your location and clientele. Generally speaking, though, you could make an average £250 for a day’s work.

2021 Is On The Way

Christmas this year has felt very different to what we’re used to due to ongoing global pandemic challenges, but 2021 is a brand new year and we’re confident that no matter what happens we’ll all pull together.

Although we don’t currently have any live roles for the job of Santa Claus, we’ve got plenty of other flexible working vacancies on our site.

From everyone at Find Your Flex, we wish you all the best and a very Happy New Year!

Article written by freelance marketer & copywriter Jessica Ross.

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Equal Pay Day 2020: Women Should Not Be Working For Free

What Is Equal Pay Day?

Did you know that Equal Pay Day falls on the 20th November this year? 

Equal Pay Day is recognised each year as the day in the year when women effectively, on average, stop earning relative to men. How crazy is that?

The Fawcett Society uses the full-time mean average gender pay gap to work out the day each year, which in 2020 is 11.5%, down from 13.1% in 2019. That means that Equal Pay Day has moved 6 days later in the year, compared to 14th November in 2019. The mean gender pay gap for all employees, not just those working full-time, is 14.6% this year, down from 16.3% last year.

So while most of us spend the rest of the year essentially working for free, we thought we’d take a look at some absolute badass ladies who’ve taken 2020 and smashed it against a wall.

Kamala Harris

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Kamala Harris just wins 2020 in our opinion. She is the first woman – and the first woman of colour – to be elected Vice-President of America. Being the first to do something seems to come naturally to Harris. In 2017, she became the first South Asian-American senator in US history, and the second African-American woman elected to the senate. For countless women and girls, Harris’ achievements represent hope, validation and the shattering of a proverbial glass ceiling that has kept mostly white men perched at the top tiers of American government.

Sundas Khalid

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Sundas Khalid is a data science leader and a passionate advocate for diversity in the workplace. She leads search engine analytics at Google and participates in their IamRemarkable initiative, empowering underrepresented communities to celebrate their accomplishments. Outside of work, Sundas volunteers with organizations that promote diversity and inclusion, including Pakistani Women in Computing and North Seattle College, and provides career coaching to help people achieve their dream jobs. 

Lizzie Valedquez

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Lizzie is an American motivational speaker, activist, author, and YouTuber. She was born with an extremely rare congenital disease called Marfanoid–progeroid–lipodystrophy syndrome that, among other symptoms, prevents her from accumulating body fat and gaining weight. Her conditions resulted in bullying during her childhood. During her teenage years, she faced cyberbullying, which ultimately inspired her to take up motivational speaking. In addition to being a motivational speaker, Velasquez campaigns for awareness of online bullying, taking part in Kylie Jenner’s #IAmMoreThan project and supporting anti-bullying legislation across the United States.  

Munroe Bergdorf

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Model and transgender activist Munroe Bergdorf was featured in the 2020 100 Great Black Britons list and in September was featured on the cover of Teen Vogue. Bergdorf was hired as L’Oréal’s first-ever trans model in 2017 but was axed weeks later when the Daily Mail seized upon comments she had made as white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia and killed anti-fascism protester Heather Heyer. After L’Oreal sought to align itself with Black Lives Matter, the author and DJ lit into its “meaningless”, hypocritical show of solidarity and called out its “racist snakes”. Bergdorf told Vogue how her outcry prompted a phone call with the brand’s new president Delphine Viguier-Hovasse, who joined after she was fired, and the offer to be L’Oréal Paris’ diversity consultant.

Samira Ahmed

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Taking home The Glass Ceiling Award this year. this award-winning journalist took the BBC to tribunal for being paid six times less than a male journalist hosting a similar show – and won the case in a landmark victory that could change the lives and salaries of so many in the future. Her move came after the BBC published the salaries of its highest earners in July 2017 under the terms of its new royal charter, which revealed that only one-third of the list of talent earning more than £150,000 were women, with all the top names being men.

Adwoa Dickson

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The Woman of The Year 2020 award was presented to the inspirational Adwoa Dickson by Lorraine Kelly, for her work with Amies Freedom Choir. The unique choir aims to develop the musical and cultural awareness of young women who have survived trafficking. It also helps them to explore songs and musical styles from each others’ cultures and languages.

Equal Pay For Everyone

In 2020 things really shouldn’t still be this bad. Equal pay should be a fundamental right and not something that women have to fight for.

Though there are some absolute trailblazers out there paving the way for the rest of us, we need to consider what we can all do to ensure that everyone is treated equally and paid fairly.

Article written by freelance marketer & copywriter Jessica Ross.

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Promoting Wellness At Work With Flexible Working

Flexible Working In Business: Adapt To Survive

The year 2020 brought unprecedented challenges to our personal and professional lives. The ongoing crisis has also tested the preparedness of organisations across the globe in dealing with the employees and customers in a remote working environment. Wellness at work has always been important. Now more than ever though does it need special attention.

Understandably lots of people do not want to return to busy and unsafe trains, buses, offices and workplaces. At the same time many fear being isolated at home for months on end, and worry about the impact on their jobs.

In this article we look at the ways businesses can offer inclusive practices that don’t cost the earth. 

Wellness & Mental Health

When the coronavirus pandemic forced a large part of our workforce to embrace the WFH life, it was like a dream come true for many. However, close to six months down the line, stories of WFH burnout and lack of motivation were coming through thick and fast. So, it was only a matter of time before companies and employers began devising ways to make their employees’ new work life better.

While remote workers deal with being productive in a new setting and find new ways to connect with coworkers outside of the office, maintaining physical and mental health is becoming increasingly important. HR teams can help inspire employees to take their health as seriously as their work through effective wellness programs, but these have to adapt to the current circumstances like everything else. 

The Young Entrepreneur Council shared their best strategies for leaders looking to successfully implement wellness programs in their organisations.

Wellness In Flexible Working

The whole nature of flexible working promotes wellness at work. Being happy with your work pattern and place of work usually equates to better mental health.

There are many ways to work in 2020. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a parent looking for something part-time or returning to the world of jobs after a career break, there really is something for everyone. So it might help you to know what types of work are actually available.

Brie Reynolds of Motherly offers a brilliant list that you can work your way through and tips on how to speak to your employer as well.

Remote work: Also known as telecommuting or working from home, this option means you may work the same hours as usual but without going into an office.

Flexible schedule: This type of flex work gives a worker the ability to shift their work hours depending on the needs of the day.

Alternative schedule: This flexible work arrangement denotes a change in schedule with set hours that aren’t necessarily traditional office hours, for example, working 6am-3pm, or 12pm-8pm.

Split shift: In this flexitime arrangement, some hours are worked earlier in the day and some later. For example, you may work a first shift from 6 am to 10 am, then a second shift from 4 pm to 8 pm, leaving core daytime hours open for parental responsibilities.

Part-time: Part-time work means a reduced schedule where you work fewer than 40 hours each week.

Compressed work week: While you’ll still clock the same number of hours per week, a compressed workweek shortens the number of days on which you work. A common setup is four days of 10 hours each. If the arrangement is company-wide, the office may be closed completely one day per week.

Spread out schedule: Consider this the inverse of the compressed work week—for example, workers could work seven days per week but only for 5-6 hours per day.

Freelance: This option allows you to work as a contractor versus as an employee, which may allow for increased flexibility but perhaps at the cost of some of the benefits of full-time employees, such as health care or unemployment insurance. If you’re considering going freelance, then Crunch has some fantastic free resources available.

Remote Communication – Tech To The Rescue

In a remote working scenario, one of the biggest challenges is keeping remote employees engaged and addressing the sense of isolation they might feel from the larger group. Communication is key to the wellbeing of remote working teams. Technology provides the tools to communicate with their peers and managers easily.

Today’s remote communication platforms offer sophisticated collaboration tools that are efficient in creating vibrant opportunities for conversations and may be considered an equivalent to everyone being in the same location, in a connected environment.

We reached out to our network to find out their most recommended communication tools for collaboration and staying in touch, so naturally we wanted to share them with you!

  • Slack features Coordinate your integrations with countless other marketing tools, Effortlessly organise your communications across channels and spaces, Use mentions and tags to communicate with your team
  • Microsoft Teams Features: Email-style threaded conversations, voice/video conferencing, team chats & private discussions, In-line animated GIFs, tabs for frequently used documents, open API, @mentions, customisable alerts, and multi-factor authentication.
  • Skype Features: Chat, conferencing, instant messaging, live/video conferencing, monitoring, receiving, reporting & statistics, SMS integration, third-party integration, and voicemail.
  • Facebook workplace Features Workplace is a communication tool that connects everyone in your company, even if they’re working remotely. Use familiar features such as Groups, Chat, Rooms and live video broadcasting to get people talking and working together.
  • Whatsapp Features Using the app in business communications removes the obstacle of making employees adapt to an unfamiliar system. Quite inadvertently, it guarantees the received messages are reviewed on a regular basis.
  • Trello features Organise tasks across boards, lists, and cards, Prioritise projects with tags and labels, Integrate with a host of other marketing platforms
  • Asana features Plan and structure your projects in logical ways, Set priorities and deadlines on tasks, Follow your projects and tasks to completion, Uncover dependencies using Gantt charts
  • Monday.com monday.com is an intuitive platform where teams can track processes and workflows, communicate within and across teams, and bring all of their tools together under one system. Its simplistic design and flexible features mean teams can get started in minutes.
  • Zoom Features: Scheduling, chat/messaging, email invitations, live/video conferencing, meeting management, screen sharing, user management, reporting & statistics, company branding, video call recording, drag & drop file sharing, and synced content library.
  • G Suite Features: Email & chat archiving, auditing & reporting, custom email address, cloud file storage, @mentions, customisable templates, file transfer, shared workspace, live / video conferencing, two-way audio & video, email tracking, instant messaging, resource allocation, to-do list, and email notifications.
  • We Transfer features Send and receive 20 GB per transfer, Create Pro pages, Deliver work with branded communications

“It Is Not the Strongest of the Species that Survives But the Most Adaptable”

– Charles Darwin 

So while the government advice changes (again), we can all be sure of one thing. 

This is the new normal. 

People are re-prioritising their lives and deciding that they want more choice in their lives, and unless businesses want to lose fantastic employees to more flexible companies, they need to adapt and evolve.

Take care of your employees and they will take care of business.

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