In Praise of Crazy Jobs

When Ladbible recently posted a link to a job for a live-in couple to look after a family’s private estate, the post received well over a quarter of a million likes.

Perhaps this wasn’t so surprising considering the job was in the Bahamas, the salary was £90k and one of the perks included flying between the Bahamas and the family’s second estate in Florida…by private jet.

But you don’t have to go all the way to the Bahamas to do an unusual job. There are plenty available in the UK (see our list below), and they are definitely worth considering.


Why employers like unusual jobs

Although career divergences used to be judged as restlessness and lack of commitment, things are very different now. No one expects you to stick to one career path as soon as you’re out of university.

The dizzying pace of technology means employers need open-minded people who aren’t afraid to boldly go where no one has been before. People with nimble minds and new ways of thinking; mavericks who aren’t too fixed in their worldview and happy to think outside the box.

Unusual jobs show that you’re adventurous, brave, and willing to take a risk. And because you probably don’t have mortgage ties or family commitments yet, now is the time to take the plunge.

An out-of-the-ordinary job can also give you valuable niche industry knowledge. Say, for example, you take a job as a minibar attendant in a luxury hotel in the Maldives. When you return home to a role in a local boutique hotel, you have priceless, on-the-ground knowledge of the luxury hospitality industry. Knowledge which could save your new employees thousands of pounds in training or consultancy fees.


Different, not better

When it comes to job hunting, there is always going to be someone more experienced or better qualified than you, particularly at this early stage of your career. Instead of being disheartened by this, learn to use what you do have in order to stand out from the crowd.

What is it that makes you different? Brainstorm with a friend or family member or try writing down your life story from start to finish. This doesn’t have to be a novel! A few sheets of A4 is enough.

What you’re looking for are stand-out events, experiences, achievements, and lessons. Then, when you next apply for a role, go through the job description and work out how to weave your diverse experiences into your application. The trick is knowing how to transfer your skills from one situation to another.

For example, let’s say you’re applying for a receptionist role. In your application you should talk about the summer job you had, dressed up as a hot dog to advertise a local café. Explain how it taught you about resilience, dealing with the public, hard work, and self-confidence.

What employer wouldn’t want a receptionist with that kind of experience?!


Recruiters are human too!

If an employer doesn’t want someone with a bit of character, do you really want to work for them? There are plenty of dull people out there, let them go and work for the boring bosses.

Having a crazy job or two on your CV is actually a great way to filter out the people you don’t want to work for. Organisations who are looking for people with interesting pasts are much more likely to be dynamic, open-minded, and progressive workplaces.

That crazy job you’re currently considering? It might just be the talking point that helps you nail the interview for your future dream job.


Unusual jobs to apply for today

  • Penetration testers assess a company’s systems to make sure no cyber-attackers can break in. If you’re a technical whizz who fancied a career as a bank robber but were put off by the ethics, this could be the perfect job. This role pays £750 a day!
  • Professional mourner…or Santa? With this promotions agency you can be paid to be a mourner at funerals, or, on a cheerier note, to act as Santa at Christmas time.
  • Technician at Madame Tussauds  – Spend each and every working day with the most famous people who have ever lived…
  • Who wouldn’t want to live in a castle? This Castle Officer role in the jaw dropping St Michaels Mount comes with live-in accommodation.
  • How would you like your own private island as a workplace? The beautiful Scottish island of Eilean Shona are looking for a fit young couple to help with caretaking duties for the summer.

Best of luck in your search and have fun!

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