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Email the Editor/Publisher ~ Coleen Sykora

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RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #671 ~ May 13, 2011

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Update from Your RV Workers On Wheels Newsletter Editor

We're experiencing spring all over again. A little over a month ago, we relocated because we wanted to get out of the heat. Now, I have the catalytic heater running in the motorhome. The trees here in the Black Hills are just leafing out. It seems a bit odd, as though the seasons are going backwards.

I saw in the April AARP Bulletin that men are being paid $20 an hour to work as dance partners at retirement centers. Ladies wanting to dance outnumber the men available at the centers, so they are hiring dancers to even things out.

The list of job opportunities for working RVers just keeps getting longer!

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


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Current Job Openings for RVers

In case you missed it last week, the first of May we changed how we are doing job listings. You'll still go to the monthly page, where you'll find the most current jobs listed. What is changed is that each Help Wanted ad now has a full page by itself. This allows employers to post detailed job descriptions, more information about their campground or business, general information about the community, and even photographs.

The way this works is that on the monthly page you get a few lines about the job, including the state where the job is located. When you find one that interests you, you click on its headline to advance to the page with the details. When you finish looking at that listing, just hit your back button and you'll be back to the page with all the listings. You toggle back and forth as you wish between the overviews and the details for specific jobs.

We're receiving mostly positive comments about the enhanced postings. As employers and volunteer coordinators realize what all they can add, it should build into an excellent resource for you.

Here are some of the most recently listed job openings. These are just a few of them. Go to the website to see all of them.

~ TX: Paid Activity Directors Pharr - Opening for ASAP and for winter season.
~ AK: Pay and Midnight Sun Golf - Position in Alaska, food and beverage industry.
~ FL: Boat Slip and RV Site - Position for work camper couple.
~ TX: State Railroad Camp Host - Live steam train in the park.
~ GA: Georgia Veterans State Park - Camp host at park with museum and golf course.
~ AZ: Need Housesitter Grounds Keeper - Caretaker for private property.

The freshest ads are on the May Job Listings page. Go to the page listed below to see them all, including details and contact information.

~ 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 Blog

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Working RVer Tip

Most employers know that they can teach people how to do specific tasks -- but that it is difficult to teach people to be friendly and enthusiastic.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Job Ended Before It Started

~~ A work camper writes: We arrived as agreed for our summer position. After we had been here four days, the owner met with us. He said he could not afford to pay us. He would give us our first month pay, which is $200.00 short of our travel cost. We can stay about another week. Today, he gave my husband the money in cash. I want to talk to him and let him know our travel costs are not covered and ask why he could not have made this decision, before I drove three days to get here. Any suggestions?

~~ I answered in part: I so, so, hope that you followed my advice and did not travel to that location solely because of a job. I trust you went to that area because you want to be there.

So, on the bright side.... You are in an area where you want to spend time. You've worked four days and been paid for a month. You have a place to stay -- at no cost to you -- for another week while you scout the area for another position.

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

~ Job Ended

Have a question about doing volunteer work or working for pay while RVing? Ask.

~ Ask a question about working while RVing.

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Working RVer Tip

Before going on the job interview, or showing up for work that first day, get your hair done. A trim, or a cut and style, can up your self-confidence and give you an edge.

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Watkins Summit Group Bus. Info

You can get started in this business for about $40.00. That's about what we spent on dinner out the other night -- without drinks. Take a look at my Summit Group website to see if this business might be right for you.

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

~ Use and Tell Team Building Method

~ Buy or Sell Watkins Products

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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.

~ Campground carpenter
~ Summer school teacher
~ Internet information researcher
~ Buy and resell army surplus
~ Line handlers on boats

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Featured Job Opening for Working RVers

"Elf" at Amazon - Santa's Biggest Helpers

~ from Phil Schafer

Amazon, the largest on-line retailer in the world loves work campers! You bring a solid work ethic, mature attitude, and diverse background and experience to the workforce. The Amazon Seasonal Camper Program is one of the best work camper jobs out there. Where else are you paid for every hour worked (and the pay is more than minimum wage); you qualify for an employee discount while employed; and your campsite is paid for by Amazon?

~~ Phil provided a lot of excellent information, including the pay scales, some of the physical things you'll need to deal with on the job, and how they handle your RV site. Read the rest of this article on the website.

~ Work at Amazon

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Earning a Living with a Website

If you've thought about making some extra money with a blog or website, or if you want to get serious and build an e-commerce business, I suggest you look at SBI. It is a suite of tools, all in one place. It's a great how-to guide -- and, they do a lot of the behind the scenes work for you.

~~ Read more on the SBI website.


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Working RVer Tip

You have strong points in your personality and you have things that don't work so well for you. If you aren't aware of them, ask your family, friends, and co-workers to point them out for you.

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Featured Website Section

Info on Mystery Shopping

My thoughts on mystery shopping were recently challenged. I'd written before that I'd done it, and while it could be fun for some, I thought it was a waste of time. It paid poorly for my time. The freebies I got to keep weren't things I'd have spent money on and weren't things I particularly wanted even when I didn't have to pay for them.

One of our readers has a differing opinion. She says she can make decent money. And, she says she gets freebies that are really worth something -- dinners for two at fine restaurants, admission to theme parks, stays in motels.

~~ Read more of my thoughts and find out more of the opposing view on the website.

~ Info on Mystery Shopping

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Working RVer Tip

If you have a work wanted resume on our website that you would like to have updated or completely removed, all you need to do is email us. If you'd like a simple change or addition made, tell us what it is in the email. If you want to make major changes, let me know that and I'll delete your old posting, and then you can submit a new one.

The programmers are working on a way to make it so that you can do the editing to make the changes yourself. However, they don't have that ready, yet, and I don't know when it will be ready.

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Reader Feedback

We're getting mixed reviews on our new Help Wanted format. Here are a couple of examples:

~ M. E. writes: The new abbreviated version is a royal pain and a waste of valuable time chasing after the full listing to see if it is a feasible position.

~ Debbie S. writes: Kudos on the new style for job listings. Absolutely love it! I look forward to receiving your emails. We hope to become full time RVers the first part of next year and I have gotten so much valuable information from your site that will help me do that. I appreciate all your hard work, and time involved, in providing this wonderful service.

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Workers On Wheels Back Issues

If you've missed some of our newsletters, you can still find many them on the website.

~ Previous WOW Newsletters

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Positive RVing Attitudes

When you have a number of disagreeable duties to perform, always do the most disagreeable first. ~ Josiah Quincy

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure. ~ Colin Powell

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

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We started this site after corresponding with thousands of RVers, sharing what we’ve learned from our personal experience as full-time RVers, as well as what we've gleaned from employers and managers who hire and work with work campers and other RV workers.

We do hope we've been instrumental in helping you find the right work situation for your RV lifestyle.

We believe there are many advantages to having an RV home based business that we can take on the road with us. We've found a Watkins Summit Group business works for us.

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