Resort Jobs

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Resort Jobs

Though it may appear otherwise from the outside, working in a resort is hardly a vacation. But working in a resort adds something to a resume: it shows any future employers that, based on your past successes as a hospitality worker, you are fully committed to customer satisfaction. Plus, the tips from generous tourists tend to run high.

Working at a Resort

If you, bold job hunter, want to work in a vacation resort over the summer, keep in mind that the opportunities are vast: you could arrange mountain hikes at a concierge, wash dishes and prep potatoes in a kitchen, follow the operational staff in an office, or even don a costume and greet children at a theme park. It all depends on what you search for, how you market yourself to your potential employers, and—most importantly—your timing.

START EARLY

If you want any chance to be hired at a resort, you are going to have to file your application early—even as early as the November before your summer job begins, in some cases. There are multiple reasons that resort jobs fill up early: background checks need to be conducted on all potential applicants (you are, after all, are interacting with people on a regular basis), and employers need to project how many potential customers they can accommodate for the summer. They appreciate the security of knowing that they have extra help for the busy summer season, and you in turn have the security of knowing you actually have a job.

APPLY EVERYWHERE (THAT YOU’RE QUALIFIED FOR)

At first glance, this charge can be daunting. Fortunately, resorts cater to every imaginable need and desire: health spas, amusement parks, historical significance, gambling, exotic getaways; and not all need to have a hotel on the premises. According to Wikipedia, even vast regions such as the Adirondacks can be considered a resort. Within these resorts, numerous roles need to be filled from office secretary to pool boy, chef to concierge. TeenJobSection.com is a great search engine where you can narrow down the parameters of your search by location, the job you’re seeking, and your availability. Some resorts offer staff housing, but these (especially for temporary summer jobs) are few and far between, so search within reasonable commuting distance. (This will be especially difficult if you want to work in a remote or exotic region.) Some larger resorts such as the Disney Resorts offer internships, which can provide college credit to any students working towards a hospitality degree.

WORK ON YOUR SMILE

The obvious job hunting tips apply here—dress nicely, bring a resume, land an interview—but what you want to highlight especially are your interpersonal skills. People go to resorts to get away, and they want to go to a place for an extraordinary experience. No matter what job you’re applying for, resort employers want to see potential employees with professionalism and an inclination to customer service. You will be dealing with a huge variety of people, from screaming children to obnoxious customers, and you will be expected to assist them no matter how awful they may be. That’s why it’s important to show your potential employers you are able to do so.

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