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On the real benefits of a seasonal job, Part II I'm thinking again about other things I love about working seasonal....and I think back to my brief (two DAYS!) stint in college. It wasn't for me. I discovered that I learn best by doing, not by trying to stuff bookloads (though I love to read, how ironic is that!?) of information into my head plus do homework in short periods of time. I don't "roll that way". It was eye-opening for me, and a bit stressful at the time I made the decision to quit school. Society tells us a number of… Continue

Added by Kate on March 19, 2009 at 1:58pm — 6 Comments

Going to the sun

“The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything.”

~Teddy Roosevelt

“I think I’m about ready to get out of here again.” “It’s about time. I figured I’d been hearing that six or seven months ago.” “I just got to go.” “I know; it’s who you are, and who you’ll always be.” “Mom, I’m 32 years old.” “So what. You think you’re dad wouldn’t go with you if he could? You get it honest and never let anyone tell you different.”

“If you get a call… Continue

Added by Kevin Blankenship on March 14, 2009 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

Day In...Day Out (or: eh, Tenderloin again)

I just realized my random-date update was a couple of days ago. Me bad. So I'll throw a couple in...maybe a little less details though. Sorry, but I'll through in another date, May 1, it's not so random so I might remember. It will be the last guest-service date for the season at the Kay El Bar Guest Ranch in Arizona.

Thursday, March 5

Most Thursdays, as of late, is the day that the head chef takes off. So that means that I work all day. It starts around 5:30 am. I run… Continue

Added by Keith Larson on March 7, 2009 at 10:11pm — No Comments

When Does “Some” become an Obsession?

I’m almost finished packing up the RV to get on the road. Carrying my accommodation with me is going to be a great benefit, but being much smaller quarters then I’m used to required many difficult decisions. To take, or not to take? has been the question applied to everything I own. The big items were easy, places found for them on a “where will it go?” basis: kayak mounted rooftop, and bicycle on a rack behind. Car, not able to be towed, had to be sold. Smaller but needworthy items were… Continue

Added by Janette on March 7, 2009 at 1:01pm — 2 Comments

Cold Feet

It's snowing in Arkansas this morning but the snow isn't causing my cold feet. I've got a serious case of the nervous jitters. I've given notice here at the Marriott and will soon be training a new assistant manager. I've given my landlady notice that I will be moving out of my apartment April 1st. I've made arrangements for my two dogs to have good and loving homes with my grown children. I've warned all of my family that I'm leaving including my father who I expected to hit the roof! He… Continue

Added by Kimberly Barnes on February 28, 2009 at 12:59pm — 10 Comments

The Employee Journey – pt. 5 How to Build on Year 1 and Beyond

The past chapters on my employee journey blog have focused almost exclusively on the first time seasonal work experience. Well perk up all your “career” seasonal workers, I am writing this blog for the repeat seasonal employee. The goal is to help you become the lead, supervisor, or manager you always wished you had your first season. And if you are a first time seasonal employee, remember this advice as your season goes on. It can come in handy a year from now.

As a hiring manager… Continue

Added by Rick Peterson on February 17, 2009 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments


So i'm sitting here this morning at my computer, drinking my cup of coffee, flipping through the channels to find something "decent" on tv on a saturday morning, trying to neglect the fact that today is Valentines Day and all the evil that comes along with it LOL.... and I had a "wow" moment.

I've spent the better part of the last 2-3 weeks chatting with many fellow coolworkers, in the MyCoolWorks chat room... we've been talking about where we are going to be working this summer, how… Continue

Added by Jason Kemple on February 14, 2009 at 10:08am — 3 Comments

a story for the new Coolworkers

For those who are nervous about their upcoming adventures, I copied, modified, and pasted this from a note I wrote a friend the other day.

One day I was somewhere near Imperial, MO. at a fruit orchard with a friend and talking about our various travels. The owner, who seemed to have everything one could ever want, started crying. I thought I had upset her somehow, but I hadn't. Why was she crying? She had never left Imperial, not even to go to St. Louis. So she had a lot of THINGS, but had… Continue

Added by akscootr on April 12, 2008 at 8:29am — 9 Comments

Ok, I Just Might Be

Some people call me OCD. I'm not THAT obsessive. Just because everyday I come home from my Real Job, put in an online application, cruise the CoolWorks help wanted now, chat with Seasonal Addicts Anonymous, nightly Mapquest to various National Parks, neglect my cucumber facials, or fail in 40 sit-ups, doesn't mean I am obsessive to the point of compulsive.

I mean, what if these guys won't hire me....maybe reach out some more?? Hey, I can apply til the cows come home.

And… Continue

Added by Carol on February 11, 2009 at 9:48am — 19 Comments

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Part 4)

I worked the Social Season at the Basin Harbor Club in Vermont in the summer of 2008. I was the Ranger Room Breakfast Buffet Chef de Partie. This review is of my experience there during that time period. If you haven't read my previous blog, Ketchup on Waffles, it kind of explains my personal views on reviews in general.

The Good: The Basin Harbor Club has been in operation for a long time, 2008 was their 122nd year. In… Continue

Added by Keith Larson on February 9, 2009 at 10:22pm — 1 Comment

Seven Year Plan

Each season I try to narrow the choices and look at all the options. Every time I see more places that I would like to add to my list, but frankly, if I could go everywhere that is on that list right now, I’ll be working until I’m 90. Then on top of that, I have a tendency to want to return to most of the places that I have been. I also want to take a few seasons off to make some major me time.

So I have been thinking about this for a couple of months and have come up with a 7-year… Continue

Added by Keith Larson on August 13, 2008 at 6:58pm — 8 Comments

What I went through to start the seasonal world.....

I've been traveling for almost four years now and it seems that on every journey I take, I meet someone that's brand new to this type of life. I usually try to give that person as many tips as possible and try to make their first time an experience they won't forget. And every time I meet someone like this I think about my first time leaving home and why I really got into doing this.

As I've said before my family owned a campground when I was growing up so I was lucky enough to have… Continue

Added by Dallas on February 2, 2009 at 3:03pm — 10 Comments

A day in the life of a Nanny in Hawaii

Photo taken about 8:45am at Hapuna Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii on 7/11/08

I've been a nanny here in Hawaii for a couple months and, though it was an adjustment, I've got the routine down pretty well now. I woke up that morning in time to grab a cup of coffee and wave goodbye to my two year old charge and his Mom as they went out the door to school. I threw on my bathing suit and packed my beach bag with some major SPF and I was… Continue

Added by Cassandra on July 11, 2008 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

An Updated Look at Alaska in 2009

Well howdy, long time no see. I was on such a roll blogging, and I truly appreciated all the comments I was receiving, and then that darn work thing started getting in the way. I plan on continuing my Employee Journey series soon, but wanted to give everyone an update about the upcoming 2009 Alaska summer. The last 3 weeks have seen some pretty major changes.

I previously spoke about the downward trend in bookings in the cruising industry, specifically with my information working for… Continue

Added by Rick Peterson on January 30, 2009 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

Preparing for that First Summer

I'm having fun remembering how impossible it was for me to get ready for that first summer in Yellowstone without ever having seen the place. Hell, I didn't even know where it was at first; like a surprisingly large number of Californians, I had it confused with Yosemite. I finally bought a "Story Behind the Scenery" book about Yellowstone. It was a good book--no problem there--but it gave me the impression that Yellowstone is pretty much all geysers. The place is over two million acres, and… Continue

Added by Scott Herring on January 28, 2009 at 12:46am — 1 Comment

Life Down Down Under-Antarctica

Last year i remember reading about Terry and her adventures at the South Pole.I remember the interest it sparked in me.The thought of spending a "season" at the bottom of the world seemed interesting.

Werner Herzog,a director/filmmaker,(im sure he's more than that but you get the idea)made a documentary based on the people that make Camp McMurdo their semi-seasonal home.Encounters At The End Of The World is the name of the video.Their lives,happenings,ongoings,the eccentric spirit that… Continue

Added by jeff on January 26, 2009 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

A little note with some tips and a big thank you to cool works!

Hi my name is Dallas and I want to start off by saying thank you very much to cool works and all the people who work so hard helping all of us pursue our dreams. I found out about cool works almost 4 years ago and it opened up my eyes to all the things that are possible if you just take your life in your own hands. It is true about what they say about traveling.....a lot of people just wont understand what your doing. Even if your path is so clear to you, it may be next to impossible to convey… Continue

Added by Dallas on January 29, 2009 at 8:15pm — 20 Comments

cabin fever

so it has been YEARS since my last seasonal job, and yet i still find myself checking this page, looking at new jobs, rethinking scenarios over and over in my head about certain situations... it is like a disease. but now, after "settling down" and "domesticating" myself for the whole notion of the american dream, i have come to see that it is not me, not what i ever wanted for myself or my girl, and in the future, not for my family.

we have had moderate success in our lives as… Continue

Added by mike on January 14, 2009 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments


After this past week of teaching Chinese students interrogative phrases, how could I come up with anything else as a title?

Coolworks recently posted an ad for English teachers wanted in China. This ad is from a school I’m currently working with, and it inspired me to write this general blog about teaching English overseas.

WHY: The reasons to do this kind of work are almost as varied as the people doing it. Personally, I have always been attracted to situations that combine… Continue

Added by Greg Seats on November 17, 2008 at 12:22am — 5 Comments

The Employee Journey -- pt.3 Deciding what position to apply for

So, the reason it has taken me so long to do another blog is that I am enjoying the benefits of the seasonal hospitality industry and taking a long vacation. My wife and I are enjoying the winter hospitality industry and some indoor water parks back home in Wisconsin. I want to thank everyone for all of the great comments on my last blog. The latest discuss the compensation structures of certain positions and whether they are fair or not. That dovetails very well in to this blog’s topic. My… Continue

Added by Rick Peterson on December 15, 2008 at 10:33pm — 8 Comments

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