Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Germany needs Santas!

The job pays up to $75 (60 Euro) an hour. Even though the job is only for a month, the pay is not bad, is it? Qualifications: Chubby, cheerful and no criminal record. If you have a white fluffy beard growing from your chin, it will be an added bonus. But not too many takers around!

Germany is running out of qualified Santa Clauses and needs to recruit and train them fast, a leading job agency says. Germans are trying to shut out the financial crisis by taking comfort in traditional festivities, and there is an acute shortage of Santas to entertain children at shopping centers, Christmas markets and private parties.
"Being Santa is not an easy job," says Jens Wittenberger, in charge of Santa Claus recruitment at the Jobcafe Munich. The job center wants its Santas to be child-friendly, good organizers, reliable and have acting skills. They also need a clean police record. Recruitment sessions are being held in cities across the country, and while the job may be stressful, it's better than being jobless.

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