The Ultimate Guide to Workamper Resumes
Do you need a Workamper Resume?
You might need a Workamper Resume if… You are interested in Workamping? You have intentions of grabbing a seasonal job while you live in an RV? OR You want to work for RV employers who would possible cover your RV site costs?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of those three questions, the answer is most likely ‘Yes. You need a Workamper Resume’
The Ultimate Guide to Workamper Resumes will help you on your way!
Full of useful information, practical tips, and action steps you can take today to make sure your resume is in line with the RV job you want and stands out from the rest!
Before you click send and start shipping your resume off to employers for a job you recently saw advertised as wanting to hire RVers for Workamping positions, take a moment to review your resume and tune it up to give yourself the biggest leg up on the competition!
It’s your first impressions and your first chance to make a good impression on the employer, so make sure you take full advantage of this opportunity!
With a sea of probably 100K RVers trying to grab the same Workamping jobs, this is the critical point where your first impression will either make or break your chances of being hired.
Making sure your resume has the right information, the right format, the right pictures and a cover letter will take some time to get polished, but it makes a huge difference in who will ultimately get the job and who will not.
What Is A Workamper Resume?
A Workamper Resume is practically the same as a traditional job resume, it’s a tool to sell yourself to employers and grab a job you’re interested in. As a sales tool it needs to be well written, well-organized, have a clear objective and be an effective way of lining up interviews.
What Should A Workamper Resume include?
- Full names of everyone applying for work.
- Contact information (phone or email)
- Headshot of person(s) who are applying, as well as those who would occupy the campsite (only if included as compensation)
- Picture showing your RV setup
- Clear and short objective statement that is general enough to cover most jobs you will apply for.
- Employment history for past 10 years. (Or the most recent 3-5 jobs you’ve have that can relate to those you’d be applying for.)
- Highlights on skills relevant to the job you’re apply for.
- Include references or a note that they are available on request.
Workamper Resume Tips:
- Keep it short 1 page per person.
- Include history outside of typical workamping jobs.
- Break up paragraphs with bullets and bold headings
- Be descriptive about the main responsibilities and your experience.
- Make notes of volunteer and charity work.
- Have someone proof read it.
What Is A Cover Letter?
A cover letter is an introduction tool that should always be written for each job and precedes your attached resume. It’s a sales tool sent to employers to introduce yourself and your skill set as the solution to their hiring needs.
What Should A Cover Letter Include?
- Contact name of who will read your resume.
- Your full name
- Introduction of yourself and mention of the RV job you’re applying for.
- Link between your skills and the experience required for the job
- Push to view attached resume
- Ask for an interview
Cover Letter Tips:
- Short and simple.
- Don’t include the text of your resume
- Check your spelling and grammar
- Use bullets and bold headings where appropriate
- Explain any gaps in your employment history
Biggest Workamper Resume Mistakes
Grammatical & Spelling Errors
Even one error on your resume can make potential employers turn the other way! It’s just not professional, and although we’re all human and can easily make a quick typing error, your resume is one place you can’t afford to have one slip through your editing checks. Have someone, other than your computer’s spell check feature, review your resume for errors! The more eyes the better!
Outdated or No Contact Information
Your contact information needs to be listed not only on your Cover Letter but also clearly at the top of your actual resume in case they are separated. It’s best to make sure you have it in both places to make it easiest on the employer to contact you when they want to set up an interview! Not having this important information on your Workamper resume makes it appear to the employer that you possibly do not care, don’t pay attention to details and that you are unprofessional. Email and phone numbers should both be listed.
No Past Employment References
You can provide a killer resume, with the best past employment, skills and experience- but without verifiable references that can answer ‘YES!’ to the question on whether they would rehire you, you can almost guarantee you won’t get the job! Think about your references and what they will say when asked these questions! Contact your references and make sure it’s still appropriate to include them on your resume, especially if its been several years.
Workamper Resume Builders
Many sites like Workers on Wheels and Workamping Jobs have their own Workamper Resume Builders, that you can use for FREE! Conveniently, they’ve built and maintain a comprehensive system where employers have the ability to search for applicants and Workampers have the option to be listed in multiple search results which populate by their resumes.
Having your Workamper Resume online certainly can’t hurt your chances of finding great jobs in fun place. And since these are FREE tools to use, why not?
Personally, I’d post my resume to all the FREE sites and then search for jobs as usual. It’s more of a backup plan than a Plan A, but can be just another way of making sure you’re getting the word out that you’re looking for seasonal jobs!
Awesome Applicants by Workamper News
If you have one of their memberships, then (and really only then) should you make sure to use all the tools they have to offer. Like the others I mentioned above, they too have the ability to host your Workamper resume on their site, but the benefit comes as part of a yearly membership fee.
Since their website can be a little overwhelming for some, here is all the information you need to know about this Workamping tool that can make grabbing up the best Workamping jobs much easier!
The Awesome Applicant Resumes System is included with the current Platinum and Diamond membership levels.
If you choose to buy into their member program, there are a few key elements that you need to make sure you pay attention to while creating and updating your Workamper Resume.
After you login, you’ll need to click on the Resume Builder button on your dashboard. This will take you to your Awesome Applicants Resume Builder- where you can always edit, add or change your information and settings.
There are 9 tabs that make up the Awesome Applicant Resume
Workamper Resume Home Tab
On this tab you’re welcomed to your Workamper resume tool and given some basic information. Some important things to note include the fact that you’ll have to fill out at least the first 4 sections to have your resume populate in any of the employer searches.
On this page you also have the options to be emailed when an employer views your resume as well as one to hide your resume from all searches. This option is best for when you are updating or creating your resume, as well as when you’re not currently seeking employment.
Your Workamping Applicant Information
This will prompt you to include the information for both the applicant and a co applicant. You can include name, email, phone, mailing address, RV type, RV length and if you’re a smoker or not on this page. If you’re Workamping with a partner make sure to include both sets of information in this area. If you’re a solo traveler or your partner will not be applying for work just include your information!
Workamper Resume Availability Date
I do agree that in this system, this is one of the most important pieces of information to include and keep up to date. This option allows you to choose a date in the future, when you are next available to work. This is great, because it almost erases the need to hide your resume from employers giving you a chance to line up gigs further down the road.
Workamper Work Settings
On this tab you have the option to select a variety of preferences that describe the employment opportunities you are looking for.You can choose from 19 work settings like Amusement Parks, RV Parks, and Retail Stores. You have the option to choose preferred salary/benefits or if you’re open to all possibilities, as well as if you are looking for full-time, part-time or negotiable work hours.
Your Workamping Locations
You’ll have the chose to select 1 or all of the locations you desire to work in. Options include all 50 states, as well as 13 locations in Canada.
Previous Work Experience & History
Your work history is again one of the most important pieces of information you need to fill out. The system states that you should make an entry for each of your previous Workamper experiences, but in my opinion I think you should include all work history for the past 10 years, that you can verify.
Selling Yourself to Workamping Employers
Again, another section of important information, the sell yourself option is your chance to show a little of your personality as well as provide some information about your specific skills and experience. Some people go way over board in this section, since it doesn’t have a max. on word count but try to avoid being too wordy. Employers do not have time to read a book, when trying to set up interviews.
Workamper Resume Photos + RV Pic
Workamper resumes almost always include at least one photo of yourself and one of your RV. Since employers are hiring without on site interviews, many will ask for these photos ahead of time. Make sure your photos are clear, show you in appropriate clothing and provide an interview worthy shot.
Workamper Icebreaker Video
The newest addition to the Workamper Resume System, there is now the option to add a video icebreaker. Just pre-record a short 1-3 minute video clip to virtually meet Workamping employers, and further eliminate the need for in person interviews. Just upload a video URL from YouTube and you’re set!
***One thing to note is that you do not need a paid resume builder service, to be successful in Workamping. The free options are just as good and although it does take a lot of the leg work out, remember that none of these builders should be your Plan A.
If this option is your chosen path, just make sure you include all the relevant information and make sure to follow the submission requirements and directions noted in the employers advertisements.
You always have the option to write, edit and send your resume and cover letter through email to Workamping jobs you wish to apply for. And to be honest this is still the best route to take. Not all employers will spend time searching online builders for applicants.
It’s my hope that this guide has helped explain the ins and out of creating and updating your Workamper Resume!
If you’re interested in Workamping and want more information, you can always refer to The Ultimate Guide to Workamping!