Even though we do want to know all the wonderful things that your park has to offer!
What we really want to see is specifically WHERE you are located, what are the hours that you are expecting us to work for trade-off for our site, what is included with the trade-off site i.e. water, sewer, electricity, propane, laundry stipend, and what HOURLY wage you are paying in addition to the trade-off, or for all hours worked. We also want your website address, the physical address, your telephone number, who to contact, and their position. I prefer to not send out cover letter with “to whom it may concern”.
Be prepared for the questions that we will be asking. Wi-Fi is important to us, as we want to keep in touch with relatives, and we will be looking for our next position, as most of the Workamper jobs are from 3 to 6 months. Most of us follow the sun! That is we want to go North in the summer, and South in the winter.
Don’t do the “your site is worth X dollars per hour bit”, as most of us are wise to that ploy. Some of the Managers try to lump the “retail value of the lot rent, electricity, water, and sewer, along with their inflated value of the amenities and add the monthly pay to that and try to make you think that the value, is equal to what you are being paid. NOT! It is true that most of the parks have a specific place that they allow the workampers to park, not premium sites, but most of us do not expect that.
We will be asking if you have Wi-Fi, is it high speed and/or do you have repeaters throughout the park, and if everyone is on in the evening, can we still get on to check emails. We KNOW, or should know, that streaming videos are out of the question. We also want to know about the cell phone reception, even though we will be checking with our carriers, we still want you to tell us honestly.
One of the questions that I ask is “What are the good, bad and the ugly about your park and the position”? Maybe not in that actual form, but I will ask enough questions so that I will have a pretty good idea, however I have been bamboozled enough times, that I know that I am not even close to perfect.
For instance, we took a job that promised $2500 a month plus a FHU site, 8 people to manage, sounds great, right. We got there at approximately $500 expense, and found that they were using ”the new math” and the only way we would actually receive the $2500 a month, was if we stayed a year. This was not going to happen with no one working for us, and none in sight, office not finished, no computer, telephone, and no equipment to do the job. The last straw was that we were responsible for mowing our own site.
Every day we were informed of a new task was our responsibility, so that we ended up working from 8am to 8pm every day. We only got 2 days off when we quit the first time and stupidly relented to stay, only to be dismissed when they hired new managers. We left the next managers well equipped, us a lot sadder, but wiser. We are still smarting from that experience.
Remember, we travel to the jobs at our own expense! We are pulling 54 feet total length and we estimate the cost to travel, at the current gas prices and several nights stay on the way, at 50 cents a mile. So, if we travel 500 to 1000 miles to the job we estimate the cost to get to the job at $250.00 to $500.00 and if we get there and you have used a lot of “poetic license” with the condition of the park, and what you actually expect form us, please remember we are on wheels! Do not think that just because we traveled a long distance for the job that we are so desperate that we will cave in and stay. There are other places near you, most of the time that are also looking for workers.
There is a need for good workers and most of us have worked in other professional positions and are retired, but do not mistake that to mean that we will work for nothing. As a matter of fact most of us need to be paid in addition to our site. Not all of the workampers are independently wealthy. In addition to the expense of traveling to your part/resort, we are also responsible for our health insurance, and repair of our vehicles.
Many of you state in your ads to send a picture of us and our rigs, work history, and references, but are reluctant to give us specific and honest information about your site and exactly what work you expect us to do. That should be a two way street! Remember since most of us are “retired”, we are also not 21 anymore. If the work is heavy lifting, please be specific about how much and how often we have to do heavy work. Even though we are healthy we are not pack mules and may need to stop and rest occasionally.