If you're looking to change up your routine, escape from the real world or gain experience in a new field, seasonal work may be for you. Karlie Cradock, a 19-year old student at Michigan University, spent her last summer working as a wrangler in America's first national park.
"I wanted to travel but I also wanted to make money," she said. "So, a seasonal job in Yellowstone was ideal."
Another seasonal worker, Shirley Terrinoni, used her position as an opportunity to explore a National Park at a low cost after retiring from teaching music.
"Living fees taken from your paycheck are much cheaper than a hotel stay," she said.
Seasonal work provides a unique opportunity for individuals to explore their passions and new places, and make money while doing so. Regardless of your reason for pursuing a seasonal position, it's important to take the time to research and explore your opportunities. Business News Daily gathered a few free resources to make your search a little bit easier.
CoolWorks.com was created in 1995 when founder Bill Berg's life changed after discovering his place in Yellowstone National Park. Berg was inspired to create the site after taking an information systems class while pursuing his MBA. The site is centered around the idea of connecting people to opportunities to live and work in amazing places.
CoolWorks makes it easy for users to filter through posted opportunities. You can search for jobs with categories like administrative jobs, educational jobs, jobs with fish, ranch jobs or even jobs specifically for teenagers. CoolWorks also has other filter options that sort jobs by state, specific National Parks or even an option to see which locations are looking for immediate hire.
Indeed.com is the number one job site in the world with more than 200 million unique visitors every month. It's so popular that 9.8 jobs are added per second. The employment search engine, founded by Paul Forster and Rony Kahan, was launched in November 2004.
Indeed allows you to search with the categories of "what" and "where," making it easy to find a position that fits your specific needs. The resource assembles job listings from thousands of websites, including job boards, staffing firms and company career pages, making it a one stop shop for hopeful hires.
Seasonworkers.com calls itself the working travel website. Job postings are efficiently organized into categories like summer jobs, ski jobs, gap year, childcare, hospitality and sports, water and outdoor. Within each category, positions are then sorted by "what's new" and "what everyone's talking about."
In addition to the extensive primary search, the site spotlights three companies looking for employees. The user can also create an account and shortlist positions as they consider applying. For those applying to positions overseas, Seasonworkers has a section covering visas and work permits for travelers.
SummerJobs.com is targeted toward a younger, less experienced audience and encourages its users to "surf for the perfect summer job." Its philosophy reads, "There is little that is more valuable or exciting for a teenager, high school student or college student than the different work experiences available during the summer." A summer job helps pay the bills, but it also provides our youth with the opportunity to learn new skills and get exposure to what working life might be like in a future career.
The company is partnered with several other search engines, including AboutJobs.com, InternJobs.com, OverseasJobs.com, InternationalJobs.com, ResortJobs.com and SeasonalJobs.com. SummerJobs offers an extensive search bar or you can navigate jobs by region. If you're having trouble finding what you're looking for, the site has an entire page dedicated to search tips.
Once you've identified your ideal position, scout out companies and apply directly. If you have connections, use them. Referencing someone who succeeded at that same institution will almost always boost your chances of an interview.
With a seasonal position in a new location, you can essentially vacation while you work. Cradock enjoyed her seasonal position so much that she changed her major to environmental studies at the end of the summer.
"It definitely altered my projected career path," she said. "My experience was absolutely amazing and so different than anything I've ever done."