Finding Seasonal Jobs Can be Rewarding and Profitable
Although dated, The Back Door Guide To Short-Term Job Adventures by Michael Landes, proves to be a valuable resource for seasonal employment. The book, last published by Ten Speed Press in 2005, contains 584 pages of information concerning “internships, summer jobs, seasonal work, volunteer vacations, and transitions abroad.” In addition to giving details about each “adventure,” Landes provides tips that can help you reach your goals, ace that phone interview, and secure the funding that you need to make a cross-country move for the sake of employment.
He also provides sound advice in lists like “The Top Ten Secrets To Achieving Your Dream Career”. One of the most profound statements on the list is, “Don’t spend a lifetime exploring possibilities and do nothing. Action requires courage.” For those individuals who have found themselves unemployed or underemployed because of a weakened economy, books like these provide access to a sound source of income as well as a number of other perks including:
- Free or Reduced Cost Housing
- Medical, Dental, Optical, and Life Insurance
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Complimentary Meals
- College Credit
- Free Tickets to Theme Parks, Free Ski Lift Tickets, Free Entrance to National Parks (depending on who you work for)
An up-to-date listing of current summer jobs and seasonal employment opportunities exists on The Short-Term Job Adventure website (www.backdoorjobs.com).
Other great sites for temporary work include: Cool Works (www.coolworks.com), Job Monkey (www.jobmonkey.com), and Snag A Job (www.snagajob.com/seasonal-jobs/).
Job seekers can work at ranches, summer camps, amusement parks, and ski resorts throughout the world. Cruise ships, organic farms, and National Parks and Monuments are often looking for help during their tourist seasons. For long-term travelers, short-term employment offers a reliable place to “hang their hats,” save money, and regroup before completing another leg of their journey.
Although many people view seasonal positions as work primarily intended for college students, that isn’t necessarily true. A lot of retirees find solace working for short-term employers. It affords them the luxury of travel and also gives them the opportunity to meet and socialize with people from all over the world.
So, the next time you find yourself searching the Want Ads in vain, explore the option of seasonal employment. Landes says, “If you want to become an extraordinary, happy, fulfilled, and balanced person, it’s time to stop being nebulous.” Decide exactly what it is that you want to do with your life and take the plunge. One phone call or visit to a web address may be all that it takes to change things for the better financially and spiritually.
Charissa Arsaoui is a freelance writer for ChickSpeak, Buzzine, DisFUNKshion Magazine, Student Stuff, and a guest contributor for Wisebread. She loves thrift related topics and can spot a bargain a mile away.
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