The Ultimate Holiday Temp Job? It Must be Santa

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

What may very well be the ultimate temp job on the planet is pretty much for men only. (Oh look, see the HR compliance managers keeling over.)

Sure, there are a few Mrs. Clauses out there, but every kid knows Santa is a chubby guy with a white beard, ruddy cheeks, and a deep Ho, Ho, Ho.

What the kids don’t know — and not a lot of the rest of us either — is that the kindly shopping mall Santa can pull in $8-$12k for the six- or seven-week Christmas holiday season.

One of the best seasonal holiday jobs

CareerCast, which lists playing Santa as one of the best of the seasonal holiday jobs, says a few of the jobs can pay $100 an hour at the high end. Those who get on the corporate and social holiday circuit easily make that much, and sometimes much more, like up to a few grand per gig.

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The downside? There’s no career advancement opportunities, it will never turn into a permanent job, and chances are good that some of the kids are going to throw up (or perhaps do something else) on you.

On the other hand, playing St. Nick beats working as one of Santa’s elves — a job CareerCast puts in its worst seasonal job category.

John Zappe is the former editor of and contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor before transitioning to digital media. In 1994, he launched one of the  first newspaper sites. Before joining ERE Media , John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group where he developed and managed a team of developers, content producers and digital advertising and marketing specialists.

Today, John is a contract writer producing whitepapers, blog posts, thought leadership articles and marketing content and managing  social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing.His website is

In his spare time he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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