I am always looking for job related blog fodder so I was very happy to discover on the BBC News Website last night the emergence of, what can only be described as, the next contender for the best job in the world...
Wookey Hole in Wells, Somerset is currently advertising a job vacancy. Nothing strange about that you say? Well you’d be wrong, as it is in fact a £50,000 per annum post for a witch to inhabit the Wookey Hole caves to: ‘be a witch and do the things that witches do’.
The advertisement that has appeared on the Wookey Hole Website is comical, intriguing and a downright genius bit of PR that has already made its way across the country’s news sites. The advertisement announces that auditions for the witch role will be held on Tuesday 28th July, and that candidates should turn up bringing ‘any essential witch accoutrements’ they might need, and are also advised that ‘a limited range of potion ingredients will be available’.
The other requirements outlined for the post are also far from conventional, with the site stating that the candidate ‘must be able to cackle’ and ‘must not be allergic to cats’.
It is yet again another commendable PR effort for a business which perhaps remains relatively unknown outside of the county of Somerset. As with the Hamilton Island, ‘best job in the world’, the advertisement has the ability to drive traffic to their website, drive visitors to the attraction, and inevitably fill the vacancy, with more candidates that you can shake a broom at.
And for all you men out there that might feel slightly perturbed that the advertisement calls for a ‘witch’, be assured that due to sexual discrimination laws, the post must be advertised to both men and women interested in the position. Political correctness gone mad, it may be, but they cannot exclude male applicants for the role; unless, as the website states, documentary evidence can be produced showing that the original witch was female.
So for all of you budding witches out there, dust off your broomsticks, straighten out your pointy hats and head over to Somerset, where you might just be cackling all the way to the bank...
Job Role: Witch
Location: Wookey Hole Caves, Wells, Somerset
Salary: £50k Per Annum (As the website states this should be an ample sum, ‘Enough to buy designer-label rags, frogs from Fortnum and Mason’s and a Le Creuset cooking pot’.)
-Must be able to cackle
-Must be prepared to travel
-Must be able to work weekends and school holidays
-Must be a good communicator
-Must not be allergic to cats
Interview Date: Tuesday 28th July at 11am
Further Information: Please phone Wookey Hole 01749 672243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org