9 Steps to Get Your Workamping Jobs

Using the following steps will help you gain confidence in your Workamping job search. While each step is not necessarily hard to complete, they are each equally important and will take some time to accomplish. Researching employers isn’t always the most fun task, but you will be glad you did.

By Sharee Collier – Director of Operations – Workamper News

This week I decided to pull some great info from one of our previous issues and I just happened to turn to the right article! We’ve had so many questions on how to get started Workamping and this is perfect.

Using the following steps will help you gain confidence in your Workamping job search. While each step is not necessarily hard to complete, they are each equally important and will take some time to accomplish. Researching employers isn’t always the most fun task, but you will be glad you did.

Step 1: Pick a location. Decide which states you want to work in for the period of time you want to work. If you have an idea of specific areas within the state, that’s even better. Have a short list of at least 3-5 states to start, but please know the more options you give yourself, the better chances you have off finding work.

Step 2: Create a resume. You will have to send a resume to apply for 99.9% of the jobs advertised, so you might as well get started. A Workamping resume is different from a general resume because it doesn’t focus 100% on your past career experience, it focuses on your skills and the Workamping jobs you’ve had in the past. One resume is usually fine whether you are a couple, family, or solo. Our Awesome Applicants Resume* not only helps you build a resume step-by-step, but it gives you the added benefit of being in our online database searched by employers all year long!

Step 3: Sign up for Job Alerts. A Job Alert* is an email that contains the full text of a help wanted ad posted to our Hotline. This email is sent as soon as the ad is posted to the Hotline Jobs page on our website. Only want to see jobs posted for the specific states you determined in Step 1? No problem – select your states on your Manage Account page. This is priceless, as jobs are easily snatched up, so being part of the first group notified about a new one is an additional leg up!

Step 4: Apply ASAP! As soon as you see a new job posted, you need to apply! Do not wait until later. Do not wait until that night or that afternoon. Send them your Awesome Applicants Resume* right then. Employers are bombarded with emails for these jobs, so the quicker you get your resume emailed, the higher up it will be in the stack. At some point they will stop looking at new resumes in their inbox; you need to make sure yours is already submitted by this point!

Step 5: Wait one day then follow up.If you think employers will email you back, you’re about 50% right. But as you can see, the odds are pretty risky -don’t take the chance. Follow up on each job you apply for within one day of sending your initial interest. Call (if they provided a phone number in their ad) or send a quick email to see if they are still accepting applications/resumes and if the position is still open. Let them know you are very interested in the position and would love the opportunity to set up an interview!

Step 6: Nail the interview! You have one shot to get this right! When the employer asks, “Are you available for an interview at ___.” Your answer should always be “Yes!” While this isn’t always possible, do everything in your power to avoid saying no. You need to make it easy for them to choose you. Once on the phone, show your personality and talk about how your skills will help their business. Don’t go overboard, but really sell yourself! The first interview is the most important as it will either lead to the next step or sometimes seal the deal right away.

Step 7: Negotiate. You don’t have to say yes to the first thing they offer you. Know your worth and find a way to negotiate the things you want/need to be able to happily complete your commitment. If the pay is low, ask for something higher. If the perks are blah, see if you can get your site for free or have use of park amenities like a golf cart or kayak. Find things to negotiate to make it worth your while. You’ll thank yourself later!

Step 8: Get it in writing. The worst thing you can do is set up a great job and not get the details in writing. We call this a Work Agreement and you should try to get one for every job you accept.(There’s a sample on our website – www.workamper.com)We recommend never traveling to a new job without a detailed description of your job duties, start/end dates, schedule, compensation, perks, and end-of-season information. Do yourself a favor and ask the employer to send you a Work Agreement clearly detailing these items, if nothing more than just for peace-of-mind. This is not a contract per se, but a tool you can use to help get things back on the right track if issues arise during the season.

Step 9: Confirm before you travel! Before you pack up and embark on your road trip to your new job, make sure you email or call the employer to confirm your date of arrival. Never assume that nothing has changed since your last conversation, especially if it was months ago. Confirm the details within the same week you plan to travel.

There you have it folks!  Now go forth and Workamp! 

Safe travels – 

Robyn

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