How to Make a Good First Impression

Finding the right job can be complicated, but we’re here to help! Understanding how important a good first impression is can make all the difference. Keep reading for the best tips to help you find the right fit:

Initial Contact

  1. Check your resume for errors: make sure your contact information is up-to-date, your resume has been completely filled-out and has been spell-checked, reviewed for errors, and maintains a professional tone of voice. Remember to upload a picture of your RV!
  2. Be realistic about your skills and what jobs you can do. For instance, if you want a housekeeping job but cannot physically kneel, it might be difficult for you to complete the tasks. Know your limits and do not oversell yourself!
  3. Recognize why you’re applying for a job. If the only reason is because it is in a geographic region that interests you but you’re not interested in the job itself, it won’t be a good fit.
  4. Once you’ve been contacted for an interview, make sure you set aside at least an hour and a half for the interview at a time you can both be present (if you’re applying as a couple).
  5. Before the interview, research the campground (read up on job description as well as campground).
  6. Write down at least 3 questions you can ask the owner/manager during the interview.

During the Interview

  1. Outline your needs (within reason) e.g.: you need a 50 amp hookup, you prefer the same days off if you’re a couple, RV site size, etc… But also understand this is a business and they are hiring you to help them be successful, so sometimes you will be expected to help out in ways that may not be convenient or interesting to you. For instance, the 4th of July weekend is often busy for campgrounds and they may need extra staff.
  2. Make sure your environment is quiet and free of distractions
  3. Dress for the interview, even if it’s just over the phone. Professional clothing has been proven to have an effect on your mindset, and can help put you in the right frame of mind.
  4. Stay on topic. Be friendly and warm, but stay on-task. Their time is as valuable as yours and they will appreciate it.
  5. Feel free to ask questions to make sure this job would be a good fit. This will potentially be your “home away from home” for several months so you want to make sure the job expectations as well as the campground culture are agreeable to you.

After the Interview

  1. If you’ve been hired, make sure to stay in periodic contact. You might have several months in between your hire date and start date, and campgrounds appreciate you checking in every once in a while so they know nothing has changed.
  2. Set your resume to private so other campgrounds don’t think you’re available for hire. Along these same lines, once you’ve been hired, do not continue to search for another job. It puts the campground owners in a bad position and you will likely not be hired on during the next season. Follow through with your commitments.

Starting Your Job

  1. Show up with a positive attitude and be willing to help out wherever you’re needed. Expect smooth sailing but make sure you can handle tough situations with grace if they arise.
  2. KOA is all about GREAT customer service, which means every employee is expected to be helpful and friendly to every guest and fellow employee. Just because you have a “behind the scenes” job doesn’t mean you don’t have to provide quality face-to-face service.
  3. Be consistent with your interview: if you’ve told the owner you have certain skills, live up to your promises!
  4. Maintain good work habits: be on time, get along with others, do your best at the tasks you are given, and be flexible.
  5. Maintain good communication: Ask for clarification if you don’t understand something, request feedback from your employer, let them know if something is wrong.

Finding the right position takes work, research, and a good attitude, but by putting in the time and effort, you’re sure to find a great fit!

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