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In Episode 267, Robert Earl describes jobs at Beyonder, and making resumes stand out

Today I am interviewing someone from a company which owns or manages multiple campgrounds in several states. Not only will he be talking about opportunities available for Workampers at his company, but he will also describe how Workampers can better ensure their applications get noticed.

Robert Earl is the director of operations for Beyonder, a company that owns or manages seven campgrounds in Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri and Oklahoma. More facilities are being added to the Beyonder network all the time.

A former Workamper himself, Robert starts the interview by explaining why it is so important for people to be very specific on their resumes regarding the type of experiences they have and skills they bring to the position. For example, Workampers should describe specific reservations software programs they can use, and indicate whether maintenance involved building things or fixing them.

He also encourages Workampers to include examples of things they have done on a volunteer basis because experience is experience. Campgrounds often have limited resources, so they are usually looking for very specific skills. Therefore, Workampers should list things like planning activities for church in addition to details about work-related jobs.

Robert also describes opportunities for Workampers at facilities owned and managed by Beyonder. Yes, the company is looking for Workampers this summer. Beyonder has opportunities in customer service, housekeeping, maintenance and even in management positions.

I agree with Robert that many Workampers are generalists in that they don’t list specific skills and experiences on their resumes. It’s the specifics which are more likely to attract interest among campground owners, or any employer for that matter.

When you think about it, adding specifics doesn’t take up much more space. Rather than simply noting you possess computer skills, tell employers you can operate Campspot, Microsoft Word, Excel and post videos to Facebook and YouTube.

Robert noted he received 57 applications over a period of just a few days. Busy managers truly only have time to scan resumes for details that could be of use to their locations. It is for that reason many companies are turning to artificial intelligence to scan applications and resumes to pick out keywords.

In addition, Robert encourages Workampers to play up their strengths and really promote things they love to do. That way, if the employer can use those specific skills, it becomes a win-win for Workampers and the company.

He also explained it is important to include recent photos with any application instead of submitting images taken many years ago.

Workamping for Beyonder is a good opportunity because all the jobs are paid at wages higher than minimum wage, and include a free RV site when two people are Workamping. Solos get 50 percent off the cost of a typical RV site. The company hires couples, solos and families as well as older teens traveling with their families.

All Workampers put in about 20 to 30 hours a week and couples often enjoy having the same days off.

More information about Workamping at Beyonder campgrounds can be found at www.beyondercamp.com/careers. People can apply for jobs directly from that website. However, they should also submit a resume with detailed descriptions of experience, skills and talents as well as a recent photos.

Today’s episode is brought to you by the featured employers at Workamper.com.  These Workamper employers have taken an extra step to share some photos and detailed information about their Workamper programs.

Opportunities exist for solos, couples and families, whether they are full-time, part-time, seasonal and even long-term jobs. Some are income opportunities and others involve volunteering at locations throughout the United States. Go to workamper.com/fe to meet the featured employers today.

Employers who are seeking to hire Workampers can learn about the benefits of year-round recruiting by becoming a featured employer. More information about featured employers is available at workamper.com/fedetails.

That’s all I have for this week’s show. Next time I will be speaking with a couple who has been RVing for nine years and amassed quite a following on YouTube and will be competing in this upcoming season of RV Unplugged. I’ll have that interview on the next episode of The Workamper Show. Thanks for listening!

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is a former journalist who covered the recreation vehicle industry since 2009. He started podcasting in 2014 and enjoys interviewing people about ways to live, work and play in their RVs.

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