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Itchy fake beards. Children with heretofore-unknown mucous-transmitted pathogens. Ungrateful parents.
Sounds like a dream job!
However, there are dozens of others vying for the mall Santa position. Many of them even look more Santa-like than you.
How do we show the mall’s board of directors that you are the best Santa Claus for your town?
Well, don’t get your tinsel in a tangle.
With the right mall Santa resume and cover letter, you will be sure to stand out from the others and ascend to your rightful seasonal throne in the center of the mall near the JCPenney’s and the China Panda, just past the fountain.
This mall Santa resume guide will show you:
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Most of the time, mall Santa hiring managers won’t read your whole resume.
And it gets worse: they’ll take only 6 seconds to scan a resume. Just 6 seconds to decide if you’ll be considered for the enviable mall Santa position.
That’s less than the time it takes even to sing the first two lines of “Jingle Bells.”
What does this mean for you? You need a mall Santa resume format that will grab them by those jingle bells and not let go.
A poorly-formatted resume is about as appealing as dropping down someone’s chimney to deliver presents only to find curdled milk and moldy cookies await you.
Luckily, it’s not as hopeless as it sounds. Depending on your past work history, there are two main ways to go about this.
Been a mall Santa Claus before? Fantastic! You’ve got an advantage. The reverse-chronological format is best for your experienced mall Santa resume.
Why is that?
This festive format emphasizes your shopping mall Santa work history and experience. You get to regale them with your stories of Christmases Past.
Using this format on your mall Santa resume, you will list your most recent work positions first, and go backwards through past jobs in reverse-chronological order from there.
As the standard format, it’s the easiest to read and scan - for hiring managers and applicant tracking systems (ATS) alike.
The ATS is a scanner that looks for keywords on a resume. You know how Santa checks his list (twice) for who’s naughty or nice? Yeah, kinda like that. Bigger companies use these to save time.
But, how can you write a resume for a mall Santa job with no experience?
You might not know this, but you’ve got a sled’s worth of relevant transferable skills!
Instead, you’ll list your other work experience, highlighting skills relevant to the mall Santa job by featuring them in bullet points, neatly aligned like the charcoal buttons on Frosty the Snowman.
To be a mall Santa you might need to be a great actor. Plus, although you’ll be in heavy costume, you still need to be personable and have people skills (or, soft skills).
Prioritize jobs with responsibilities that will be the most valuable on a mall Santa resume.
For example, did you previously play the role of the Mad King on Game of Thrones? Your portrayal of glee at the horrific deaths of your citizenry is just the Santa look they’re going for!
Don’t have any past work experience? No problem. Instead, begin with your education, followed by non-traditional work (volunteer work, toy-making workshops, etc.) in the work history area.
Next, save your mall Santa resume as a PDF. The PDF format keeps the layout in shape (unlike the perfect Santa belly).
Pro Tip: Check the mall Santa job posting to make sure PDFs are OK. Some Applicant Tracking Systems can choke on a PDF-formatted resume like a stale gingerbread house.
Want to make sure your resume will hook every recruiter and get you that interview? Get our free checklist and learn what makes a job-winning resume: 46 Things You Need To Do Before You Send Your Resume
Not entirely sure about the format for your mall Santa resume? See our guide: 3 Resume Formats: How to Choose the Best One [Examples]
The hiring manager at the mall has to sift through dozens - if not hundreds - of mall Santa resumes and cover letters.
You need to make yours stand out, like Rudolph’s nose in a heavy snowstorm. How do we do that, you ask?
By including a compelling resume objective or a professional resume summary. But which one?
Don’t worry! We’ll go over the two now, and you’ll be able to pick the one which will cause the most holiday cheer.
You can stroke your beard with one hand while wrapping presents with the other in your sleep.
Do you have mall Santa experience?
Splendid! Then opt for a jolly resume summary:
Here’s an example of an experienced mall Santa resume summary:
|Personable Santa Claus with 2+ years experience in a suburban shopping mall environment. Achieved district-highest children lap-sitting satisfaction rating according to surveys by local radio station (99.96%). Seeking to advance my career by growing with the elves and Mrs. Claus at Fashion Square Outlet Mall.|
|I have been a mall Santa Claus for the last 2 years. In addition to my knowledge of sitting and posing for photographs, I also offered visual recommendations on the layout of my Santa’s Workshop.|
Do you see the differences?
Take the “Wrong” one: it’s great that you were able to handle the tasks of sitting and staring at a camera. However - and no disrespect - but who cares? You’re just listing your regular tasks as if they were accomplishments, which they aren’t.
In the first example, we give evidence of our Santa achievements and experience.
Mall Santa Resume Objective
The closest you’ve come to a being a mall Santa is when you were 7 years old and your mother forced you to take a picture to send to Grandma.
Don’t have any mall Santa experience?
That’s fine. Go with the resume objective:
Here’s an example of a mall Santa resume summary with no experience:
|Friendly and bulbous senior citizen with 55+ years sitting experience. Obtained highest scores in two different bar trivia nights (100%). Seeking to jumpstart my career by growing with the team of elves at Santa’s Workshop in Fashion Square Outlet Mall.|
|I am a senior citizen eager to use my heavy weight and long beard to get a job that would utilize these features. I don’t have experience as a mall Santa but many people say that I am a fast learner and highly motivated.|
See the differences here? Fashion Square Outlet Mall is taking a bigger chance by hiring a mall Santa without experience. You’ll need to show them that you are the reason for the season.
In the first one, we used some transferable skills from a lifetime of sitting and trivia games (you have to answer children’s questions, after all). The second one doesn’t show enough to hold the hiring manager’s eye.
Our resume builder (you can create your resume here) will give you tips and examples on how to write your resume summary or any other section. You can easily copy them straight into your resume - it will save you a ton of time.
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Seeking more advice and examples of a resume summary or resume objective for mall Santas? Check out our guides: How To Write A Resume Summary: 21 Best Examples You Will See AND 20+ Resume Objective Examples - Use Them On Your Resume (Tips)
Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But this resume’s so delightful,
All the other ones cause me woe,
But this one glows, this one glows, this one glows!
We want the hiring manager to sing this tune when they see your mall Santa resume.
To do that, we need to talk about your past experience in a way that’ll make them light up like a Christmas tree. Here’s how.
If you have mall Santa experience:
Done this before? Great! You’ve got a head start. Still, pick those resume bullets that match the interests of Santa’s boss. Complicated? Nope! Take a look:
|Mall Santa November 2010 - December 2010
|Mall Santa November 2010 - December 2010
See the differences? The “wrong” example seems fine, at first - we explained our duties and tasks. However, that’s just it: those were our responsibilities. In the “right” example, we itemized our duties with more detail, and then we included achievement(s) for the win.
Never been a mall Santa before? Relax. We just need to find some way to show the mall boss that hiring you this Christmas will be their favorite gift.
Mall Concierge/Help Desk
January 2010 - December 2010
See what we did here? At first, working in the mall’s help desk didn’t seem anything like the mall’s Santa. Probably closer to Grinch.
But, we played up those duties and achievements which translate well into a mall Santa resume: we explained how knowledgeable we are about the mall, how great we are at answering questions, and how we were already skilled in pushing our tasks off onto Mrs. Santa.
Pro Tip: Make sure that there isn’t too much empty space on your resume. We don’t need the hiring manager getting snow blindness when reading it.
Need some more ideas on the right achievements to put on a mall Santa resume? Check out this guide: How to Put Achievements on a Resume - Complete Guide (30+ Examples)
A Christmas Work Joke:
Why is Christmas just like your last job?
Because you do all the work, but the fat guy with the suit gets the credit!
But in this case, you want to be the fat guy with the suit.
Think you don’t need an education section on your mall Santa resume? Well, the joke would again be on you.
The education section is a valuable part of the perfect mall Santa resume. Whether you are still in Santa School and haven’t completed it yet or you finished a graduate degree, the hiring manager will thank you for providing your academic summary.
So, how should we put your education on your mall Santa resume?
Here’s how to include your degree on your mall Santa resume:
2008 BA in Christmas Studies
Kris Kringle University, North Pole
But what if you are still completing your university degree?
Here’s how to list a degree that is still in progress:
BA in Christmas Studies
Kris Kringle University, North Pole
Expected Graduation in 2020
And what if all you have is your high school diploma?
Not to worry!
List your high school, styling it like this:
Townsend Harris High School, Flushing, NY
Graduated in 2004
If you have completed a degree, skip listing your high school.
Pro Tip: Only include your GPA if it is as close to 4.0 as possible, and definitely not lower than a 3.7. Listing anything too low will hurt, like flying your reindeer too low over a city.
For more ways on how you can make the best use of your mall Santa resume, check out: “How to Put Your Education on a Resume [Tips & Examples]”
Oh Come Let Us Adore Him!
That’s a famous Christmas tune, but also what the hiring manager should say after reading your mall Santa resume. How can we get that reaction?
We need to wrap up your skills like a present, tie a red bow around it, and deliver it.
A skills section on your resume for a mall Santa is like decking the halls with boughs of holly - fa la la la la la la la la. However, don’t add too much or too little.
How do we add just the right amount? First, let’s make a list of some generic hard and soft skills to put on a mall Santa resume.
Hard skills are specific abilities and know-how (e.g., Yule Throne 5000). Soft skills are self-developed, life-learned attributes (e.g., safety consciousness, adaptability).
|Mall Santa Hard Skills||Mall Santa Soft Skills|
|Yule Throne 5000||People Skills|
|Toy Workshop Operation||Time Management|
|Mall Intercom Operation||Communication|
|Google Trends (for Questions)||Safety Consciousness|
But! These are great skills to have for the average mall Santa resume. You’re not average, right? Neither should your resume for mall Santa be.
To make your resume unique, we can’t just list these generic terms.
A ham seems like a perfect choice for Christmas dinner, but what if they don’t eat meat?
It’s time to browse the mall Santa job listing where we’ll underline keywords that match the hiring manager’s appetite.
See the skills on this Santa resume job description? Let me show you a few examples:
|Friendly and professional communication |
|Engaging interaction with clients |
|Capable of long hours in sedentary position |
See the differences between the two?
In the second one, your laziness is obvious - you googled mall Santa skills and stuck them in. Like getting every kid in the world the same present, you’ll be unpopular quickly. In the first one, you look like just who the hiring manager is looking for.
Pro Tip: Is it snowing? Or is it a whiteout? Blizzard? Flurries? Use action verbs and colorful words to make your resume more appealing to them.
Want more tips for writing the perfect mall Santa resume skills list? See our guide: 30+ Best Examples of What Skills to Put on a Resume (Proven Tips)
Do you hear what I hear?
No, it’s just another silent night.
That’s because our mall Santa resume was drowned out like those quiet Christmas carols. We need to wake them up with some Jingle Bell Rock.
We need to sprinkle in a dash of our secret ingredient: extra resume sections. Why is that?
Extra resume sections make your mall Santa resume more unique. Everybody puts their name, experience, and so on. This is where you’ll list some relevant things that you’re proud of.
|Volunteered at hospital for injured veterans.|
|Voted “Sexiest Full-Length Beard” three years in a row.|
See what’s wrong here? You have every right to be proud of these accomplishments - hell, I know I would be. However, they’re just not mall Santa friendly.
But which ones are right? I’ll go over some of the most popular additional sections for your mall Santa resume now, along with some better, more relevant examples.
Cleaned up road litter with the Adopt-a-Highway program? You are a hero! However, it isn’t a relevant volunteer experience on your mall Santa resume. Check out this example:
|Volunteered delivering Christmas presents to children in need.|
Here’re some interests and hobbies that would pair well with a mall Santa resume:
|Avid sitter - average 15+ hours/day.|
|Bar trivia night.|
Your knowledge of sitting shows that you function well on your rear, an important trait for the general mall Santa Claus. The trivia night shows that you enjoy answering random questions.
Voted “sexiest employee” three weeks in a row? Impressive! But not as relevant as:
|Voted “Most Believable” at Ho Ho Ho! World Championships 2016.|
|Placed 2nd in last week’s bar trivia night.|
Know another language? Feliz Navidad come more naturally to you than Merry Christmas? That could be very helpful on a mall Santa resume, and maybe a necessity. Knowing another language could increase the Santa photography business.
Relevant extra sections on your mall Santa resume will bring holiday mirth and merriment to the hiring manager’s heart.
Pro Tip: Snow’s nice, but not too much. The key word above was “sprinkle,” we don’t want a blizzard. Don’t add too many extra sections. Add only enough extra sections to fill the rest of the current resume page - not more that it spills over onto a new one.
Need more examples of hobbies and interests which work well on mall Santa resumes? Still not sure if you even want to add extra sections? Read our guide: 20+ Best Examples of Hobbies & Interests To Put on a Resume (5 Tips)
You’ve made your list. You’ve checked it twice. Now you’re off to find out who’s naughty or nice.
Hold your reindeer!
You might have the perfect mall Santa resume, with all the quintessential garlands and ornaments, but something’s missing. You need to include a heartfelt mall Santa cover letter along with your resume!
45% of recruiters say they will reject a resume without a cover letter. That’s about HALF.
You’ve taken your time on your mall Santa resume writing a compelling objective, adding the perfect keywords, and choosing the ideal skills.
Now we have to craft a creative cover letter before serving it all to the mall’s hiring manager, like a child must write that Dear Santa letter.
Here are a few merry tips to deliver a cover letter resembling a Christmas miracle:
When you take your presents to open from under the tree, would you like to read this:
To: Whom It May Concern
From: Santa Claus
Of course not. Neither do hiring managers. Call them by name in the cover letter. Mention something about the mall that you relate with. You dropped their name and caught their attention - now seal the deal with this next personalization.
Be witty. Be charming. Be clever. Positively grab their attention - it will mean more than degrees and certifications you list in your mall Santa worker resume.
Plus, a great cover letter that matches your resume will give you an advantage over other candidates. You can write your cover letter in our resume builder here. Here's what it might look like:
See more templates and create your resume and cover letter here.
Pro Tip: Research the mall online and mention something in particular that stands out to you. This is something a resume can’t include and will really catch their eye!
Did you know that our resume builder will also help you write a professional cover letter for the mall Santa job of your dreams? For more, see this article: 35+ Successful Cover Letter Tips, Advice & Guidelines (With Examples)
How do you find Will Smith in the snow?
You look for the fresh prints :)
How does a hiring manager select the perfect mall Santa resume?
By choosing one that follows these simple resume guidelines.
Using this procedure for a mall Santa resume and cover letter, you will have earned the right to ascending that Santa throne.
Personalize, Personalize, Personalize. The hiring manager will be taking in dozens of applications. Address them by name in the cover letter. Mention the mall in the resume heading. Make yours stand out.
You want to join them, so make them need you. You are eager to take this mall Santa job, so be all in. Spice it up with action verbs and impressive achievements to wow them. Paint the best picture of yourself.
Double- and triple-check. Spend an extra few minutes making sure that your mall Santa resume and cover letter are up to par. Did they ask to include a particular phrase in the email subject line? Are your email and cover letter addressed to the right person?
Now. You should have a resume for a mall Santa that’s cooked to perfection and served just right. Time to attach the final mall Santa cover letter and resume to an email and send it off.
I leave you now with one more popular Christmas carol which is most relevant:
He wants one he’ll be keeping,
He wants a resume he can take
He’ll know if it is bad or good,
So make it good for goodness sake.
- Santa Claus Hiring Manager is Coming to Town
"Career advice, I've researched and read it, Then I try to write it better than anyone's said it, Once I am finished with all of my edits, You'll have a job, and I'll take some of the credit." Hey there! I'm Christian, a New Yorker and a writer of career advice at Uptowork. As an avid traveler and amateur poet, I also write for a travel website and dabble in doggerel in my spare time.