Applying for ski jobs

Active recruiters in the ski industry contributed to this section. The application form is the first hurdle and probably the easiest bit to get right so read this guide and help increase your chances of an interview.

Tailor your CV and send a covering note
Take a few minutes to tailor your CV to the ski resort job you are applying for. If you are looking for seasonal work in a ski resort but are an engineer by trade then your student work experience behind the bar at Pontins may actually be more relevant than your most recent suspension bridge project.

In addition always send a covering note with your CV, even if it’s brief. A CV alone doesn’t say why you want the job and why you think you’d be good at it. You don’t need to write pages – just enough to spark a bit of interest in the employer and get an interview.

Check your punctuation and spelling
Double check your CV and any covering letter or email. If you’re not that confident about the quality of spelling or punctuation make sure you use spell check and ask a friend or relative to give it a once over. An employer in the seasonal sector is probably not too bothered about your day to day spelling ability, but they do want to see the application is important enough to you that you have taken time over it before clicking send.

What does your email address tell an Employer?
You probably picked your email address a few years ago and mostly use your account to email close mates. However, it is the first thing a potential employer is going to read. Opening a new email account for job applications will take seconds.

Keep your Social Media profile safe and either private or free of embarrassing stuff.
This is an old issue that has had a lot coverage in the media and it’s not just hype. A potential employer may well look you up (even for a seasonal job). If you have things you’d rather were private on your socials then make sure your privacy settings keep them safe. The messages you exchange with mates (or some of your pictures) may not put you in the most favourable light. If your name is “John Smith” you’ll be harder to find. If you’re a “Yasmin Oliphant-Caruthers” log on now and tidy it up...

Beware the smiley
We all want to hire friendly people but a job application is probably not the place for an email starting “Hiya” and signed off with a grinning J and a few kisses. You can put across that you are a sociable person without letting the professionalism slip.

Remember that your application has one aim – to get you through the employer’s door for an interview. Keep it relevant, concise and professional. There’s a lot of competition for seasonal roles these days and a few simple measures can increase your chances of success massively.

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