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Happy New Year!! Just to start off the new year I have a question, one that been on my mind lately. How many resumes do you send out in the winter for next spring,and summer? Each winter we go thru the same thing, I send out between 40 to 50 resumes to get something started for next year.Each July or August the same thing for Winter jobs..I've sent out this year maybe 80 to 90 resumes,my question is WHY can't employers use e-mails just to make contact and let me know"Sorry you missed this one" or every to say "Filled try next year" Out of all these we did get a 2011 spring job in Colo.Also 4 responses from other positions. This winter no responses so far,so we're vounteering just to keep from having cabin fever.I know this blog is heavy stuff for the new year,but I just wondered if I was the only one who has this come up each year.I guess it's just old age sitting in...

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Comment by Chris Topher on January 26, 2011 at 5:45pm

Some still do. I was shocked to have recently received three. Xantara always seems to be good with that

Comment by Carol on January 2, 2011 at 9:50pm

Thanks Jim, for posting this. I don't think its too heavy. It raises alot of good questions about timing, and what to expect.

I agree with Keith. Seems like cooks are a more specific, harder to fill position, so if you can work, or will work in a kitchen, that would be an advantage.

Good luck.

Comment by Keith Larson on January 1, 2011 at 8:19pm

I saw this post earlier...first gut reaction was to say it sounds like you're sending resumes like a company would send mail order sales, so expect 90% of them to be ignored as a good percentage.


But I've come back and read your latest comment, and it sounds like it is a bit more targeted than that.  I know many people prefer the many applications over as few as possible,  I'm not sure if the response rate you have is normal.  I've been working seasonally since 2006 and I haven't reached a total of 40 for the entire time. Many times for me it's one and done.


Many of my positions have been as cooks, chefs and bakers however...the demand is usually greater than most areas.  Do you target specific jobs at each of your applications/resumes?  Are they usually in the less spots available or more applicants areas?


Do you send them by mail...or email documents?  Emails would usually get a higher response even those negative ones.


The timing may be right...or wrong.  I know several places that start looking in November for summer and several that don't look until Feb/Mar...but yeah, most are in January.  And I know many who have their winter gigs settled by August...but again...some don't look until Sep/Oct.

Comment by Jim White on January 1, 2011 at 1:13pm
Thank you for your comments!! I guess I'm from the old school never to be out of work,that you have one in reserve.Most National Parks if you want to volunteer at want both a app. and resumes..The place in Colo. asked for both.I've been working since I was 13 years old,and never on unemployment, you just stay ahead when you can..I knew this blog was too heavy,lets say I had a senior moment..Thanks again I love to get comments!
Comment by jackie morris on January 1, 2011 at 12:03pm

Did u try death valley or big bend for the winter?

Comment by jackie morris on January 1, 2011 at 12:00pm

in my opinion that is to early and they r getting lost or thrown away. I know all my winter friends waited till sept and most of there jobs did not start till nov-dec

some places only want applications with letter of referances  not resumes.

most of the summer places dont look at them close till jan so dec should be soon enough.

this is just my opinion.

Comment by Sunni on January 1, 2011 at 8:57am

I don't really know why you have to fill out apps, and then also send in a resume. Isn't all the information that u put on an app also on a resume? Why do people send out 2 forms of the same information?


Anyways, I have already got a few emails from different places in Alaska either telling me that they were full and not hiring at all, or telling me to try back in January for the Spring/Summer jobs...which it is now January.

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