RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #620 ~ May 15, 2010

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Email the Editor/Publisher ~ Coleen Sykora

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RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #620 ~ May 15, 2010

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Update from Your RV Workers On Wheels Newsletter Editor

Bob and I just spent a few days in Seward, Alaska. We stayed at one of the city owned campgrounds. For $15/night, we had a waterfront site looking out onto Resurrection Bay.

It was a working trip for us. I'm writing articles about what Seward has to offer RVers and general tourists. I'll sell some of them to other publishers. However, many of the stories will go on the various websites we publish. I will let you know as I get them posted.

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

Coleen

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Current Job Openings for RVers

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

~ Summer 2010 Workamping in UT, 10 Hrs/Week for RV Site and Utilities
~ Caretaker Wanted for Wildlife Management Property in Mexico
~ Workamping Job in OK, 12 Hours/Week Cleaning Cabins
~ Opportunity in MX for Ranch Maintenance at Spiritual Retreat
~ Workamper Job at Senior Park in Gunnison, CO

The freshest ads are on the May Job Listings page.

~ May Job Listings

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

~ Job Listing Index

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~ Workers On Wheels Work for RVers and Campers Blog

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Working RVer Tip

Before you send an email, job application, or resume to a prospective employer, look through it to see what is there that is negative. Then, delete those negative remarks.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Car Rental from Campgrounds

~~ Suzie asks: Is a car rental feasible for getting from the campground to a job site? I do not tow a car. If I am working while I am traveling, I'm not sure if I will be able to drive my RV to the work place. Does renting a car sound like a reasonable idea? Cost effective? Or, should I only look for work that does not require me to leave my RV?

~~ I answered in part: In most cases, I'd say that it probably is not cost effective to rent a car.

If you are going to be in an area several weeks or an entire season, consider buying a used car. When you are ready to leave, sell it.

Another option is to take a taxi cab to work. It may seem expensive. However, if you only need a ride to and from work, it may be less than renting.

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

~ Car Rental from Campground

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Working RVer Tip

Don't give up! (Credit for this tip goes to Frank Pullano, Sr., an award winning working RVer and frequent website contributor.)

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Alaska Schools Camphost Program

~~ Bonnie asks: Do the Alaska schools have a camphost program? We drove to Alaska from ND and met a couple who were on their way to park their RV on a school site in one of the smaller communities in Alaska. Their job was to "guard" the property in order to prevent theft. They were to call local police if anything looked suspicious. We are interested in possibly doing this for next summer. Are there jobs such as this available?

~~ I answered in part: Many schools in Alaska participate in a camphost program. The schools are in Anchorage, our "big city," as well as in small towns.

I believe each borough (similar to a county) administers the program locally. If you get set up to be a host at one school, you may be able to move to another town within the borough and host at a school there, without much further paperwork. They like to have two RV hosts at one school. That way, one is there while the other is away, so you aren't tied to the school yard 24 hours a day. They do not all require that you stay in one place all summer.

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

~ Alaska Schools Camphost Program

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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.

~ Vehicle sign painting
~ Sell airbeds at home shows
~ Car races ticket taker
~ Software support for small businesses
~ Night auditor at campground

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Watkins Bus. Info

Part of our income comes from my being an Independent Watkins Associate (ID #362289). You could be one, too.

~ Buy or Sell Watkins Products

~ Use and Tell Team Building Method

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Working RVer Tip

It is a myth that working RVers cannot earn career level incomes. Mobile employees typically receive the same or higher pay as stationary employees. Plus, mobile workers often receive subsistence pay or a housing allowance, in addition to wages.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Resume for Work Campers

~~ An RVer asks: My husband and I recently retired and live full time in our 40' motorhome. We are interested in volunteering or working part time as hosts, light maintenance, etc. Is there a specific way to put together a resume for this type of work? Is there a site that I can see a sample of the resume?

~~ I answered in part: When we have worked at campgrounds or RV parks, we've never used a resume. They've never asked for one before or after we started working.

A resume is a helpful tool for you to take to a job interview or to use when filling out job applications. Even if you don't actually give it to the prospective employer, it is a handy way to have all your information organized and gathered together. How else can you remember the dates and contact information of your past work history and experience?

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

~ Resume for Work Campers

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Working RVer Tip

When stating why you are leaving your current job, avoid making negative comments about your employer.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Agriculture Jobs

~~ Gary asks: Where can I find agriculture jobs while traveling in the US and Canada? I am a retired agriculture science teacher and would like to find work to help pay for our travels. I have worked for cattle, horse ranches, and do have some experience with nurseries (plants).

~~ I answered in part: Check with grain elevators, farm co-ops, farm supply stores, and county agricultural extension agents. The folks at those places can put you in touch with those hiring in the industry.

They'll also know how the season is coming along. Is it planting season? Time to cultivate? Harvest?

Go to schools and meet your colleagues, other ag science teachers. Maybe you could even do a guest presentation.

You might want to continue teaching. Develop a class or workshop.

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

~ Agriculture Jobs

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Working RVer Tip

People who exhibit confidence during job interviews are more likely to be hired than those who don't.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Pets on the Job

~~ An RVer asks: My pets are part of my family and I don't intend to leave them behind. I have three extra large pet dogs that will be with me. Will this be a problem getting a position? How do other RVers who have dogs, or cats or other animals for that matter, deal with this?

~~ I answered in part: It could be.

It will likely require that you do a bit more planning and research. There are pet friendly RV parks. You just can't take for granted that they all welcome multiple pets.

If you are working and parking your RV somewhere other than a campground, you have other things to consider. Some employers allow RVers to park on the business premises but ask that you keep a low profile. That's difficult to do with larger pets that need to be walked and exercised outdoors.

If you are working as on-site security, your dogs could be an advantage. You might consider mini-storage or construction site security positions.

A private caretaking position could be another option. Here again, property owners have differing views. Some don't want pets on the property. Others may welcome your pets as watch dogs.

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

~ Pets on the Job

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Working RVer Tip

Take advantage of the open-ended questions they ask you at job interviews. Use them to show how you meet challenges or share knowledge you’ve gained during recent employment.

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Positive RVing Attitudes

Luck is the residue of design. ~ Branch Rickey

People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like. ~ Abraham Lincoln

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