RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #630 ~ July 25, 2010

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RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #630 ~ July 25, 2010

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Update from Your RV Workers On Wheels Newsletter Editor

Summer in Alaska, where our temperature this afternoon was all the way up to 49 degrees.... Many businesses are still looking for summer help, with immediate openings. But, is also time to be thinking about fall positions and those jobs that are directly related to the Christmas holidays.

We have two ads posted in the July job listings seeking workers for the holiday season. One is at Amazon.com, working in either Kansas or Kentucky. The other is putting up and taking down Christmas decorations in Tennessee. Both pay for all hours worked, including some possible overtime. Additionally, they offer a completion bonus or other benefits.

Where are you currently working? Let's see you on the job. Share your working while RVing photos. And, tell us a little about yourself and your position.

~ ~ Share Your Working RVer Photos

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


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Current Job Openings for RVers

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

~ TN - Hourly Wage for All Hrs., Plus End of Season Bonus, Putting Up Christmas Decorations
~ AK - Pay for All Hrs., Day Shift Restaurant Jobs at Family Cafe
~ TX - Work 15 Hours/Week for FHU RV Site with WiFi and Cable
~ SD - Pay for All Hrs. Worked, Immediate F/T or P/T Retail in the Black Hills
~ GA - Volunteer at Park That Has a Zoo, Train Ride, and Boat Dock
~ OR - Stipend and RV Site at BLM Campground, Summer and Winter Positions

The freshest ads are on the July Job Listings page.

~ July 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 Blog

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~ Workers On Wheels Work for RVers and Campers Blog

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Working RVer Tip

When an employer asks, "How would others describe you?" be ready with an answer that goes beyond vague generalities. Use it as an opportunity to play up one of your strong points.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Pay per Day to Meet My Budget

~~ One of our website visitors writes: Rather than asking what is the norm or average pay for a particular job, why not turn it around and ask what positions are most likely to pay a total amount per day? I have been working on a budget and I believe I have figured out my current daily estimated need.

~~ I answered in part: Your approach makes a lot of sense. Figure out a budget that shows how much you need to live the life you want to live. Then, find work that supports that budget.

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

~ Pay per Day to Meet My Budget

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Working RVer Tip

Be open to hearing the other side of things, the other person's perspective. It isn't necessary to agree. However, it is often wise to at least hear what the other person has to say.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Boy Jobs, Girl Jobs

~~ Ann writes: I am finding more and more that some campgrounds are displaying a sexist attitude. When we got our recent job, we were told the girls work the office and the boys outside.... Here it is 2010 and we are going backwards once again.

What if a woman has better outside skills than a man? And what if, like our case, the man has a business system degree and outshines me in the office? Pretty bad.

My friend, a female and single work camper, has a horticulture and landscape design degree but is always shuffled into the office to do the girl's job.

What's up with this?

~~ I answered in part: I agree with you, it is sexist. It continues because it works. Many of the couples volunteering at parks or bartering work for an RV site are older, and come from a time when "men's work" and "women's work" was the norm.

Workampers reinforce the stereotype in their Work Wanted ads and resumes, too. They often write about the woman's qualifications to work in the store or office, and her desire to work there. And, they point out the man's skills doing maintenance and outside chores.

One way to deal with it is to leave out your sex when responding to the ads. Simply say that "one of us" can do such and such and "the other of us" can do this and that.

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

~ Boy Jobs, Girl Jobs

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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.

~ Real estate sales agent where sales are seasonal
~ Teach exercise and fitness classes
~ Secretarial support for small businesses
~ Sell advertising for campground site maps
~ Corporate webmaster

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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

When filling out a job application by hand, write or print neatly. If the manager has a stack of applications, his first impression of you comes when he takes that first glance at the page.

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The Campground Owner's Point of View

Top Ten List of Things That Irk Campground Management

This list was compiled by a work camper / snowbird, with a 143-site campground in the North West Florida area. He is the maintenance manager. Part of his duties includes finding, hiring, and managing work campers.

2. Excessive personal use of golf carts, utility carts, etc.

4. Excessive chatting concerning problems with the park operations, management, and owners within the employees and paying customers.

6. Using park resources, hand tools, oil, gas, grease, and power washers for personal projects in campers and vehicles without authorization.

9. Schedule conflicts, work camper couples that want to have all working hours together and all weekends off.

~~ Read his entire list on the website. Agree or disagree, send your comments.

~ Top Ten List of Things That Irk Campground Management

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Working RVer Tip

Job offers that come from outside the United States or Canada are likely scams. You may be able to spot them because they use poor grammar. They often have many spelling errors, as well.

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Selling at Online Auctions

Some RVers buy things and resell them on eBay or another online auction. Ken Evoy has definite ideas about it. Although I have no personal experience with it, I'm not sure that I agree with him. Nonetheless, what he says makes for an interesting look on the whole practice.

~~ Read more on his website

~ Selling at Online Auctions

~~ Then, post your thoughts on our website.

~ Online Auctions Like eBay

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Words of Wisdom from Workers

Phony Job Offers

Working RVer Mary Keyser warns: Offers of employment where you deposit checks and then send money to another account are bogus. Some of the signs are poor grammar, poor punctuation, it involves a country other than the USA or Canada, and the employer is not available for a face-to-face interview.

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Working RVer Tip

If you put on your resume that you are retired, you are telling the campground owner that you don't intend to work at the job and that you don't expect any pay.

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Favorite Work Camper Campgrounds

Some campgrounds are just simply great places to work. It's not so much about the duties that are or aren't required. It's more about the people, the surroundings, and the general atmosphere. Here's a partial list of parks that our readers say are among their favorites. Read what they have to say. If your favorite is on the list, you are welcome to add additional information. If you particularly liked working at a park that isn't on the list, please go ahead and tell us about it.

~ Playa Del Rio RV Park

~ Tropical Palms Resort and Campground

~ Columbus KOA

~ Winding River Resort

~~ Read more about this on the website -- and add your comments.

~ Our Readers' Favorite Campgrounds

Nominate your favorite campground/RV park employer.

~ Add Your Favorite Work Camper Park

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Working RVer Tip

Show that you care. Let your actions show current and future employers that you care about them, their business, and the community, as well as about yourself.

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Workers On Wheels Back Issues

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~ Previous WOW Newsletters

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Positive RVing Attitudes

Management is nothing more than motivating other people. ~ Lee Iacocca

I've always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up. ~ Beverly Sills

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