When we initially began searching for workamping jobs as a way to fuel our traveling expenses, we weren’t sure what to expect from employers and exactly how to prepare for an interview. After working a number of jobs on the road, particularly those involving campgrounds, we’ve noticed a general pattern with the application, interview, and follow up procedures. Not only have these steps allowed us to land many jobs, they’ve often pushed us to the top of the list!
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Once we peruse workamping ads from various outlets like Workamper News, CoolWorks.com, and Workers on Wheels, we select two or three favorites and get to work applying.
Step 1: Create a Workamping-Worthy Resume
In most cases, employers will request a copy of your resume. They are seeking applicants that not only possess skills necessary for the given position but have a desire to grow and learn from this endeavor.
Our resume includes four sections, the first listing our workamping experiences. We tend to be very specific about the duties performed at each job, especially if we have worked with particular software programs, outdoor equipment, or organized various social functions/activities.
Besides workamping, we include professional employment prior to becoming full time RVers, educational background, and miscellaneous work we dabbled in as side jobs. This gives the employer a broader view of skill sets, dedication to a particular field, and duration of employment.
We finish our resume with a cover letter expressing our enthusiasm and a list of about three references. We are ready to send with confidence.
Step 2: Contact, Contact, Contact
Workamper ads describe job responsibilities, list employee benefits, and include an email, website, or phone number to contact, if interested. Some employers request particular information up front: resumes, letters of recommendations, and/or photos of candidates and their RV. Have these items readily available and make sure to send all requested items.
We typically hear back from the company within a week or two, and if we don’t, we call to make sure our email was received. Either the employer or hiring party will contact us via email to set up an interview, mutually agreeing to a date and time. (If the interview is via phone, as most jobs can be several hundred miles away, it’s always a good idea to verify time zones. Missing a phone interview doesn’t send a positive message.)
Step 3: Interview with Ease
There are a few ways we prepare for interviews, all of which have been via phone. First of all, we make sure to clear our schedule the day of the interview and ensure we are in a quiet location with good reception to receive the call. We come prepared with a list of questions, pen and paper to take notes, and the original workamper ad for reference.
Interviews are generally a question and answer session from both sides, at this point. The employer or hiring representative already has a decent idea of our employment background with our resumes, but may ask a few questions to clarify particular skills and experience level. We were asked questions like: Why are you interested in working with us? What kind of experience do you have with (insert job responsibility: customer service, maintenance, group projects)?
Our questions are typically meant to clarify and expand upon the workamper ad. We inquire about anything and everything: job responsibilities, compensation, work schedules, length of stay, and uniforms; you name it. We want to make sure we understand what we are potentially signing up for and that we feel comfortable with the arrangements.
Step 4: Follow Up (i.e. More Contact)
Before we conclude the meeting, we thank them for their time and ask about follow-up procedures. Do they need us to send any additional information? When should we expect to hear back from them?
There are usually a few more folks in line for interviews and we’re given a window of a few days to a few weeks before we hear back either by phone or email. If we are hired, a preliminary contract is sent summarizing the length of employment including starting date, job role assignments, and compensation package. This contract is not a guarantee with all workamping jobs, but this is a preference for us as we like to have a paper trail for each job.
Whatever additional items are needed, we send in a timely manner. On average, these seasonal gigs start hiring several months out, so once we have the job, we keep in touch sending emails or calling with any additional questions.
These steps do not apply to all workamping jobs; the initial application process can involve answering an online questionnaire or include zero to multiple interviews. Every employer functions differently. The key is to be prepared on your end!