Getting a Job
The job you do and where you do it will shape your season so make sure to take your time to decide. It can be tough to decide what is right for you but our guide below will help you choose the right job for you and hopefully help you get it!
Speak to Friends
A good place to start is to ask friends about what they did, if they have any tips and what they recommend and do not recommend. Do they recommend the resort they went to? Do they recommend certain jobs or certain companies? Are there any jobs you should avoid? Do they have any helpful tips for getting a job? Can they put you in contact with anyone? These are all useful questions to ask. It’s worth chatting to as many friends as possible because it will help when it comes to searching for jobs.
Do your Research
Hopefully your friends will have helped you find the perfect job before you even need to do your own research but if not there plenty of places you can find extra information. Facebook pages for resorts and other pages such as Season Workers are a useful place to look as they compile jobs for you to save you the hassle of trawling through multiple websites. The type of job, the resort and the company which it is with are all important factors to take into account so make sure to research the companies to find the right one for you.
Seasonal recruitment websites, such as Natives or Season to Season Employment, are also a valuable tool, especially if you’re looking for a job outside of Europe where it is often easiest to use a seasonal recruitment company as they can assist you with necessities such as getting a visa. Some companies may prefer you to have your visa sorted before you apply but again this is something that recruitment companies should be able to advise on.
Do not overlook resort websites as these often list available jobs in the resort. The key is to cast your net as wide as possible to make sure you do not miss out on the job for you.
Chat to Companies
Applying to a job through a website provides you with little chance to get to know the company and the company little chance to get to know you. If possible, chat to someone at the company in person or over the phone. This will also give you the opportunity to ask what the company wants from you in terms of experience and allow you to obtain it in advance to enable you to secure your ideal job. This is particularly important if you’re applying for a specialised job such as a journalism role or a ski instructor role where you’ll need to find out what qualifications you need.
Prepare and Apply Early
It can be easy to think that it’s just a casual seasonnaire job and that you do not need to prepare thoroughly, however, most jobs are extremely competitive and therefore you need to stand out. Having a thorough and professional looking CV prior to starting your applications is a must. It is also helpful to obtain a couple of references before starting the application process to allow you to move quickly and to show the companies that you’re organised. Ideally you should obtain some work experience in the area you wish to work in to give yourself the best chance of securing the job. Should it not be possible to obtain work experience in the exact job you wish to do prior to arriving in the resort, you should obtain work experience in a similar job, such as coaching another sport if you wish to be a ski instructor.
Once you are ready, you should apply as early as possible to ensure that jobs have not already been taken by the time you apply. Due to the competition for jobs it is advisable to apply for numerous roles and to be flexible on resort.
The final hurdle is the interview. Companies now carry out interviews in a variety of ways – on the phone, in person and via video – so make sure to research the type of interview you will be asked to do to enable yourself to prepare for it adequately.
It may all sound a bit daunting but it will be worth it once you’re on the slopes with the job that everyone envies!