RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #585 ~ September 14, 2009

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RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #585 ~ September 14, 2009

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Update from Your RV Workers On Wheels Newsletter Editor

The flexibility and variety we have as working RVers is tremendous. Dick emails me to say he is running away to join the circus. (He's their new booking agent.) Mary writes that she is working at a Texas campground and vending at flea markets. Excitement rang in Toni's voice as she told me about a volunteer mushroom hunting workshop she is helping with in Alaska.

As your newsletter editor, I get to hear these stories first hand. Other RVers would like to hear them, too. Would you please take a few minutes and share what you are doing with your fellow newsletter readers?

It is easy to do on our website.

~~ Share Your Working RVer Story

Wherever you are in your work and travels, we wish you joy and prosperity,


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Free CD Training Set

If you join my Watkins team during September, you'll get all of the usual benefits of being an associate, and all the free training and support our team offers. But even better, right now you can get our $139 set of training CDs from our recent conference for free (you just pay $9.95 for shipping and handling). It's almost eight hours of extra training you can listen to in your car, at home, on your computer, or transfer to your MP3 player. This can help you earn income with our team faster than ever before, especially since we're currently in our most productive time of year. Between your membership and the training set, you get almost $180 value for less than $50.

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~ Get Started Today and Get the CDs

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Current Job Openings for RVers

Here's a sampling of the most recently listed job openings.

~ Employment at Castaways RV Park, Willis, TX
~ RV Tour Company Position Winter 2009 through Spring 2010
~ Work Camping Couple Needed Now in CA
~ Paid Position at Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country for 2010
~ Work Camping Job at Animal Refuge in New Mexico

The freshest ads are on the September Job Listings page.

~ September Job Listings

For the archives of previously posted job listings, see the monthly job index page.

~ Job Listing Index

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Working RVer Tip

Resume Blunder: Badmouthing Your Last Employer

"If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Remember that old saying from when you were a kid? Well, put it to use on your resume when you are listing your past job experience and describing your former employer.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Where's the Fair Pay?

~~ An RVer asks: I'm having difficulty understanding how the employer justifies asking for 20 hours a week for living space exchange. Perhaps the employers are intending minimum wage pay in exchange, which would drop the space value closer to $520 per month. Certainly the work experience of a retiree is worth more than minimum wage.

The no-kill animal shelter that advertises continually in your newsletter, expects 30 hours per week work for married couples (combined), and 20 hours per week for a single person (double that would be 40 hours per week).

Both situations above appear to have unfair pay value. The animal shelter is leaving themselves open to a law suit for discrimination against single people.

Are you able to explain the thinking of the above situations? I'd really like to understand.

~~ I answered in part: There are two types of work that RVers do. One is paid employment. The other is volunteering. It looks to me that you are confusing the two.

Charitable and educational organizations, non-profits, and government agencies have volunteer programs. The rewards for doing volunteer work within these programs are contributing to society, helping a good cause, and making yourself and your country better. You do volunteer work because it makes you feel good. Sometimes when you do volunteer work you get extra benefits, such as a place to park your RV. Think of the RV site as icing on the cake, not the cake itself.

A couple living in one RV, sharing one RV space is using fewer resources than two single RVers, each living in separate RVs, and each taking up an RV site. So, the couple works more hours than one single and fewer hours than two singles.

Paid employment is a whole different thing. In some cases there's a barter situation going on, where the employer and employee are trading work for housing and other benefits to the worker. In other situations, living on the employer's property is a condition of the job, for the employer's benefit.

Pay is typically set by the job, not the age of the person doing it. Cleaning bathrooms at a campground? The 16-year old with no job experience (and little life experience) can be taught to do that as well as the 60-year old retiree. It is probably a minimum wage position, regardless of the employee's age, experience, education, or other qualifications.

~~ Read the rest of this discussion – and join in – on the website.

~ Fair Pay Value

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Working RVer Tip

Make the Most of the First Few Words

Put your job objective or experience summary at the very beginning of your resume.

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Ways RVers Make Money

Here's a sampling of work RVers can do to cut their expenses, earn a living, and pay for their travels.

~ Drive Shuttle Bus
~ Doll Making
~ Teach Dog Obedience Classes
~ Desktop Video Service
~ Design Electronic Games

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Working RVer Tip

Make the Call

Follow-up on your initial contacts. Your email may have gotten deleted. Your resume may be sitting in a pile on someone's desk, amid 50 others. A phone call can help ensure that you and your application aren't lost.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Canadians Workcamping in the USA

~~ Margaret S. asks: I was wandering if you could tell me, is it true that Canadians cannot workamp in the US any longer?

~~ I answered in part: The most official thing I could find was on the volunteer.gov website. There it says, "non-U.S. citizens residing outside the USA cannot participate in Federal volunteer programs." It goes on to say that the government is not a religious or non-profit service organization.

As for positions with private businesses, I think a work visa is still required, whether or not it is a paid position or a work in exchange for a site position.

~~ Read the longer version of my answer and add your comments on the website.

~ Canadians Workcamping in the USA

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New Clark's Flea Market USA Now Available

We have the 89th edition, published in August 2009, of Clark's flea market guide in stock.

~ Order the Flea Market Guide

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Working RVer Tip

Work Today – Get Paid in Six Months

In some industries, it may take four to six months before you see the results of your efforts. Examples: writing and selling magazine articles, network marketing where you build a team now for residual income later, and building a highly monetized website.

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Positive RVing Attitudes

Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing. ~ William Feather

Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use. ~ Ruth Gordon

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Coleen Sykora, Editor/Publisher
35555 Spur Hwy #281
Soldotna, AK 99669

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