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got some great workamping tips after were able to interview the manager at our last campground job and there is some
real gold in this interview from the perspective of the employer. They had
worked very hard at selecting their workcamping team, and they looked at over
5000 applications. Here are some of the thoughts that they had, and what they
are looking for:
Workamping Tips for Preparing the Resume
These workamping tips are all about the workamper resume, which is completely different from any you may have seen or written before. This workamper resume focuses only on skills that the campground manager can use to operate the campground or other business using workampers. You are not applying for a career position. It is a part-time seasonal position. It is extremely important to remember that when preparing a workamping resume. The workamping tips below come right out of the mouths of hiring managers.
good people skills. This will help catch the eye of the manager.
managers have so many resumes to look at, it's good to have a bullet list of
your skills and the talents that you have. It makes it a whole lot easier for
the manager to pull out your resume and look it over.
forget: if you are looking for an office job and have a lot of spelling errors,
it will not help you. Use spell check.
you use the phrase "open to all possibilities" then make sure you
are. It will get you through the first group of reviews.
average manager will look at thousands of resumes every year - you will want
yours to jump out at him or her.
you are looking for a paid position, do not apply where pay is not being
offered. It is a waste of time for you and for the manager.
the posting and make sure it offers everything that you are looking for. Don't
throw out your resume to the world hoping that if you don't get a paying job,
you will take one that doesn't. It's not fair to the hiring manager or to you.
are registered with workcamper.com and they can put in key words to bring up
resumes that would fit the positions that they have available. Use the words
that are in the posting for this reason.
your resume up to date. Revise it every six months to be sure it is current.
There is nothing more frustrating than having to look at a resume that is 10
you are looking for a job in the northwest, put that in there so those
campgrounds looking for workers will know that you will be a good fit.
honest about your physical abilities; if you are unable to do outside work
anymore, learn how to do office work. There is no reason a man can't work in
the office or a woman can't do maintenance work.
sure the pictures on your resume are up to date.Workamper.com offers a class to
help you write a resume.
this is not a regular job; it is a seasonal part-time job, not a career.
you need to make money, be sure to express this up front.
all your desires known. You might not get everything you want, but ask.
not print your resume in blue text. It is hard on the eyes.
info the employer wants up front. These are the things specified in the ad
it short; 1 page is more than adequate.
them something to remember. A short memorable story about you will be
remembered years later.
- Campground managers look though a lot of resumes and the first important thing is the introduction
to your resume. Make it eye catching, not just: "we are John and Kathy", but "we
are full of life, and we are friendly and outgoing. We are people persons."
concentrate on what you did before you retired unless it would pertain to the
job you are applying for at the campground.
you have workamped before, put that at the top of the resume.
you work with a specific campground reservation system? Which one?
if you have a special skill such as builder, office work, electrician, or
anything that will pertain to the position you are applying for.
should bold the specific skills you have such as campground master, or CPO
After You are Offered a Job...
These workamping tips also came from our campground manager interview.
expect you to be both on time and who you have claimed to be. If you said you
know Campground Master and you don't, then you have lied.
are not the only new employee. There may be as many as 200 or as few as 2 and
everyone needs to be brought up to speed on all the systems and how that
particular campground uses them.
the reservation program used in the campground and practice if it has been a
while since you have used it. Then you can relax and enjoy the experience.
you have been hired, change your status to not available until the next season
if you use the Awesome Applicants feature at Workamper.com.
a commitment from the employer as to the particulars of the work in writing,
and give a written commitment back to the employer. This is called a Workamping Letter of Understanding. Click for a sample.
take the first job that comes along just to have a job. You will most likely be
A Few More Workamping Tips
These are some more workamping tips to help you land the job of your dreams.
you are looking for work, talk with the manager at the park you are interested
in, and talk with the other workampers. Network and talk to people.
you need experience, go to the park during the off season. The managers will
have time to work with you, and you will have time to learn and become an asset
to the campground.
- Work on the cleaning crew and take an hour or two
on your own time to learn how to work in the office.
the area you are going to. If fly fishing is your thing, don't apply for a job
in Arizona where lakes and streams are scarce. If surfing is your thing, there
are plenty of jobs near the California coast. Go where there are opportunities
to enjoy your particular interest.
Here are some books
on working on the road that might be helpful:
There are many good articles on workamping in the Viewpoints section on the workamper.com website, although you must be a member to see them. Check out Workamper.com
These books are also loaded with workamping tips.
II: The RVers Ultimate Income Resource Guide by Arline Chandler
Your RV Lifestyle! With CD by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
Your Way Across the USA by Nick Russell
of course our book So, you want to be a workamper? by John and Kathy Huggins