Co-worker at work.Every so often I’m asked, “How can I get a job working for a ski resort?”

“It’s easy,” I answer “just look at the online application as it seems like there are always jobs posted.”

“No, no, I’d like to find a year round job doing something that doesn’t involve lifts, food and beverage or maintenance.” Btw, please don’t tell anyone I know who does this vital jobs i wrote this sentence! 😉

“Well, if you’re looking at marketing, sales or most management opportunities at a ski resort, you probably need to get in line…”

Actually, I don’t think it’s quite that bad and if you know what you’re looking for, have the right skills and network, I think it’s quite possible to find your dream job at a ski resort. It will most likely take some persistance though. Here are my recommendations:

  • Network, network, network. Some of the best jobs might never make it to the job listings, so make sure you know the people who do the hiring at the resort you think you’d like to work for.
  • Following up with more networking, look for resort networks on LinkedIn and follow ski resort peeps on Twitter.
  • Setup Google alerts to let you know when a job in your preferred area comes available, and follow the job boards at the Ski Area Management job board or at larger search sites like Coolworks and ResortJobs.com.
  • Start small, if you’re still in college, find a way to help with your local ski or snowboard club. Another great place to start is with internships, I know several people who have moved from an internship directly into a year round opportunity.
  • Be realistic, ski resorts, like do not have huge numbers of year round people. You may need to work seasonally until you find your niche.

If your dream ski resort job doesn’t work out, remember that there are lots of other jobs in resort destination areas, and most resort areas have good digital connections that might even allow you to work via telecommuting!

Photo credit: Me – of a co-worker ‘working hard’ on a typical day at the office.