Thanks for being here! The six of us at CoolWorks welcome you and wish you success in finding your Jobs in Great Places®!

I'd love anyone's comments, or, recommendations about who you like in the way of seasonal employers. Being in Retail for over 40 years, I know there can be diverse differences in the management philosophy regarding their employee's, and, their treatment of them. Any info on good, or, bad, companies is appreciated.
As far as Company supplied housing, are there any that are better suited for retilred couples? After 42 years of wedded bliss? I don't think dormitory living would be something we could handle! We really do like interacting with people, and, like to go out of our way to help guests, and, make sure they are having a good time. However, a poor working environment is hard on the morale'.
Throw your thoughts on this our way. It will be appreciated!!

Dale, and, Jo Ann Jackson

Views: 33

Comment

You need to be a member of My CoolWorks to add comments!

Comment by akscootr on October 4, 2008 at 1:23pm
"I have often visited a resort or
hotel in order to apply in person and see first hand what I'm getting into. Applications sent into the unknown have often been disastrous. Trusted friends' opionions are second choice if you cannot get first hand experience of where you're applying to. You aren't likely to buy a used car without looking at it, driving it, are you?"
Now there is a truism if I ever heard one... it is my primary way a researching jobs. I often eat at a restaurant or bar before I apply to determine if I even want to work there. My disasters have been accepting a position out of blind faith, so I rarely go that route anymore. Dan's advise is excellent... way to go! I would add that it is easier to do that if you religiously save your earnings so that at the end of a season you have the ability to make that kind of choice.
Comment by Dan on October 4, 2008 at 7:12am
As an intro, I have worked in resorts since 1985. The hotel desk I'm standing at is the 58th that I can clearly remember. My favorite employer is the one I'm working for now - the Terra Resort Group of Teton Village - Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Next to that, I liked Vail Resorts, parent of Vail ski resort in Colorado and all its offspring.
Third would be Glacier Park Inc., main concessionaire of Glacier National Park. Terra runs year around hotels in Teton Village.
Vail Resorts has dozens of properties in numerous resorts. GPI is strictly seasonal.
Terrra has no housing. Vail Resorts has nice one bedroom apartments and GPI has dorms.
A great job makes a great place and housing usually can be worked out. A place like Signal Mountain Lodge or Deer Valley gets great scuttlebutt but other places have much nicer housing... The best housing doesn't relieve an awful job. I have often visited a resort or
hotel in order to apply in person and see first hand what I'm getting into. Applications sent into the unknown have often been disastrous. Trusted friends' opionions are second choice if you cannot get first hand experience of where you're applying to. You aren't likely to buy a used car without looking at it, driving it, are you? You might not be able to visit Nantucket AND Key West AND Grand Teton National Park AND Sedona but you should be able to get to one or three kind of near you and rely on secondary measures for the others.
If you take, say, five that sound the best and get all you can on them, then apply with an open mind and see how they treat applicants... Finally, be reasonable. If you were an accountant all your life and loved it, being a lobby porter may not be your bag.
If you have never done any waiting on tables and shove off on your new venture as wait in a humongously busy dining room, that may be a surprise too. Balance your need for income with the personality of the job.
Most jobs are well recognized as good ones, hard ones, high-paying ones or whatever. Bus drivers often like their jobs.
Dishwashers often don't. Wait staff in the main dining room often make the best entry-level money.
Main office workers often have the best conditions. Mid-level managers often don't work the hours that senior management does.
If you research a property, you ought to be able to learn the best-paying and most-fun jobs. Do you need a combination of the two.
Glacier Park had a nice gift shop in the main lobby of the HQ hotel. Adult couples swore they loved to work there because of the mature manager.
They didn't make anywhere near the money some bus drivers and wait staff made but they had no interst in transferring - none. There days were predictable and orderly by comparison with other departments - a little island of ambiance where elsewhere was sometimes drama-filled and the extra money was earned.
You want the desert of the Ssouthwest? I would first find out if anyone can point out a great place to work there.
There are whole areas of the country with arrays of nice resorts but that doesn't mean there are any that are a joy to work in there. As you see by the comments on this website, any number of places get just incredibly poor press from their previous employees.
It is kind of tough to ask an employee to hang his name on a 'dis' of somewhere he may need as a reference but you can always follow the good pointers. Little islands of paradise change with managers often.
Get the word from employees like via here and follow up as much as you can. There is a time of year when almost every single resort job in the US is open.
The best ones go fast and/or open infrequently but there ARE jobs where couples can work together and even have the same shifts.
If you find the high-paying fun job in the greatest place, you'll let me know won't you?
Thanks.
Dan

A social network for those who want to compare and share their work and life experiences in great places.

CoolWorks Links

CoolWorks Journals

Real People, Real Stories

 Get inspired by the CoolWorks Journals.

Have a story to tell? We'd love to hear about it and perhaps feature it on the blog.

Email feedback@coolworks.com to get started.

CoolWorks Gear

CoolWorks Kids come in all shapes, sizes, ages, colors, and creeds. There’s one thing that unifies us all together – we’ve made the decision to buck the norm, to live for now, and pursue a lifestyle full of experience and adventures.

Now you can find your tribe and make yourself known with our Made in the USA CoolWorks gear! You’ll know just which kindred spirit to saddle up next to at the Brewpub for some great stories.

Visit the CoolWorks Mercantile!

© 2019   Created by CoolWorks®.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service