If you can, organize an interview with Whistler Blackcomb at one of their international recruitment fairs – if they offer you a job snap it up... it’s like having a work insurance policy! You don’t have to keep the job if you get offered something better once you get here.
If you haven’t got a job organized in advance don’t panic - lots of places don’t even start hiring until early November. As soon as you get to town, get yourself a phone number, print copies of your resume and start scouring the papers! Whistler employers tend to hire people who are confident and pro-active: get up early and visit the places you want to work.
Decide what kind of job you want.
If you have specific place you want to work, go and give them your resume - even if they aren’t hiring you never know when a position will be available.
If you want to get a job as a server in a bar or restaurant, seriously consider getting your “Serving it Right” certification (a legal requirement in B.C. for anyone serving alcohol) and your “Foodsafe” certification (legally required for serving food, though less strictly enforced) before you come to Whistler. Both of these can be obtained online fairly easily - the SIR is really fast and only CA$35, the Foodsafe is a bit longer and closer to CA$125... Having at least one of these shows you’ve really thought about the role and are legally ready to work!Think about the kind of hours you would be happy working – the lifts are open 8am till 3pm most of the season so keep that in mind!
Polish up your resume.
First things first: it’s no longer a CV, it’s a RESUME!
Remove the words, condense to one page where possible (front & back is ok).
Up date your address details and cell phone number! If the address is not a local one, they may not even look at your resume further, as without accommodation you are too much of a risk to employ!
Resumes should not have a photo, DOB or any other details that could be considered discriminatory. However some employers might ask anyway.
Emphasize relevant experience… your weekend job pulling pints at the local will probably be more relevant than your work experience at IBM.
Get out there!
The majority of job-hunting in Whistler is done on foot. Don’t sit at home staring at the laptop, go out and make a good impression. Try to avoid busy times of day, the manager of a rental store will be too busy to speak to you first thing on a Saturday morning once the mountain is open!
Make a good impression.
Smile, introduce yourself and be friendly when you drop your resume off. For many places this first meeting is like a mini-interview determining whether your resume ends up on the top of the pile, or in the bin. Don’t go during the businesses busiest time of day! Ask for the manager but if they are not available, leave your resume and try to make a positive impression and remember the name of the employee you talked to. Remember, the manager will often receive feedback from the person collecting your resume on your attitude and appearance, if they like you the manager will hear about it.
Make sure you go back in the next couple of days, during a quiet time, and ask to speak to the manager. Keep going back until they tell you the advertised position has been filled!