Beach-tester job attracts wave of applicants

A Swedish lifestyle magazine has unsurprisingly received hundreds of applications for an advertised job vacancy as a professional beach bum. The wanted-ad published by Amelia magazine in co-ordination with the Swedish National Public Employment Service called for applicants who are skilled at getting tipsy, being pampered and sunbathing.

“Included in the job assignment is going on outings, lying on beach chairs, drinking wine in local taverns, and other ordinary assignments found in a commercial beach and tourist environment,” reads the vacancy ad. “In certain areas, receiving a full-body massage, testing drinks, snorkelling, and book reading may be required.”

Successful candidates will be sent on a four-week assignment checking out sun spots in Asia, South Africa and the Mediterranean. Applicants must “have the capacity to rest/do nothing for long periods of time” and be able to endure long hours, as “testing drinks can under certain circumstances require working overtime”.

Speaking to The Local about the job, Amelia’s editor-in-chief Asa Lundegard said they posted the advert as their regular writers seldom get a chance to visit the many tourist destinations that wish to be reviewed by the magazine.

“We rarely say yes because we don’t really have reporters to send out in the field,” she said. “But since our readers are so important to us, we thought we could instead create a fantastic job, not only for freelancers, but which is open to everyone.”

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