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Your Campground Job Resume: Who You Are and What You Can Do

Your campground job resume should show the park owner who you are, as well as what you can do. When writing a resume for most campground jobs and many other seasonal jobs, think personable rather than professional. Let your personality show. That's not to say that your resume should be silly or garish -- unless of course, you are silly and garish on the job.



Write your campground job resume using everyday words, in natural phrases. It comes across better than the string of "action words" that resume coaches recommend. Make your resume easy to read and easy to understand.

That prim, formal format may still work better in some industries. If you are applying where formalities are the norm, then, yes, use a traditional format. But, we are talking about campgrounds and RV parks here.

One of the services we provide working RVers is posting Work Wanted ads and resumes free of charge on the Workers On Wheels website. As editor, I see a lot of them. Some are excellent! Others…not so good.

I read some of the resumes and I have no idea what kind of job the RVer is hoping to find. Many of the resumes start with an objective. That in itself is great. But some RVers use a three-line long sentence full of big words that don't say anything. They may impress themselves. But they don't tell the employer what kind of work they are able and willing to do. If you want to work in a campground, say so. Spit it out plain and simple.

Tell the campground owner about your skills and abilities. What can you do to make his life easier and his business more successful? That's what he needs to know.

Some resumes include a long list of accomplishments from previous jobs. They are full of "action keywords." But, they don't say anything about what the RVer did.

"Researched, analyzed, strategized, and implemented installation schedule. Coordinated and conceptualized assessment; liaised and empowered colleague for repositioning hygiene tissue apparatus."

Huh?

You made sure there was always toilet paper in the bathroom. You and your co-work got along, so she did it on your days off.

Oh. Why didn't you just say that to begin with?

When it comes to your work experience, skip the string of fancy words. Be practical. Unless you normally go around talking in strings of keywords, don't do it on your campground resume.

Can you count change accurately? Now, that's something a campground owner wants to know before hiring you to work in the campground store or office. Do you know how to put new string on a weed eater? If you are applying to do campground yard work, that's relevant. Do you think it's important to smile and greet every customer? RV park owners think it's important, too.

Use the education section of your resume wisely.

The high school you graduated from in 1965…. It doesn't matter. Nobody cares. It is a way to say how old you are, though.

When it comes to campground job resumes, listing your certifications is usually more important than your college degrees. If you have any of these certifications, get them on your resume:

  • CPR and first aid
  • Heavy equipment operation and maintenance
  • Welding
  • Small engine repair
  • Computer operations and repair
  • Web design
  • Personal care assistant
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Applying herbicides or pesticides
  • Dispensing propane

When writing a resume for a campground job, be real. Use down-to-earth words.

Your camp worker resume should sound like an RVer who wants to work in a campground wrote it. It should sound like you wrote it.



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