Off Season Job Hunting Resources For Camp Staff

Job Hunting Tips

Cell Phone, Email, & Social Networking
  • Make sure your email address is appropriate, like johnroberts@gmail.com, not drunkandpuking@yahoo.com.
  • Make sure your cell phone message and music is appropriate. It should sound professional like " You have reached Cindy Roberts. At the tone, please leave your name and phone number and I will return your call".
  • Make sure the content on social networking and blogs sites is appropriate. Assume employers will search the Internet to learn more about you. See To Share or Not to Share? That Is the Social Media Question
Resume/Application
  • Follow the directions on how to apply. If they want a resume, send a resume. If they want an application, use their application.
  • Make it easy for the employer to contact you, include your cell phone number and email address.
  • Tailor your resume or application to the position. Highlight the experience and skills that relate to the job. For example, if you are applying for a job working with children, feature your camp experience, not being a waitress at a restaurant.
  • Don't be afraid to call and see if they received your application or resume. It might improve your chances of
    being interviewed.
  • Need help with your resume? See Alan or Dan.
References
  • Pick people who will give you a good reference.
  • Ask them if they are willing to be a reference for you and tell them you are currently job hunting.
  • Brief them about the job, so they will know what to say. You want them to highlight your relevant experience.
  • 9 Ways Your References Can Help You Land Your Next Job
Interviewing
  • Really want the job and be able to communicate why.
  • Be positive about past employers.
  • For phone interviews, be in in a quiet place, away from distractions. Don't be on a bus, in a busy hallway, driving or chewing gum.
  • Try to anticipate the types of questions you will be asked and think about how you will answer them.
  • Be prepared to answer, in a positive way, why you left your last job.
  • Use appropriate language, it is better to be too formal than too casual.
  • It never hurts to send a follow-up note or email.
  • 30 Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview
  • If you have questions about interviewing, see Alan or Dan.
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American Camp Association Year-round Camp Job Listing
To subscribe to the ACA Year-Round Camp Job Listing go to http://www.acacamps.org/jobs/search You will receive emails with a list of jobs, two times each month.