New website connects resort-based employers and job-seekers looking for their next working holiday

by Julie Matchett
View of ski hill and buildings.

A new website, Ski Resort Jobs, targets potential job seekers both locally and worldwide. — Photo courtesy Doug Zwick/Flickr

It’s December and that means that ski resorts across Western Canada are gearing up for their busiest season. And along with being busy, many resorts also face a chronic shortage of skilled workers. A new website, Ski Resort Jobs, aims to help alleviate that shortage by targeting prospective candidates in the local region as well as to a global audience looking to travel and live the resort lifestyle.

Since launching in July, the website—free for job seekers to use—has attracted over 15,000 potential employees worldwide. Fourteen ski resorts, mainly in British Columbia and Alberta, and 400 companies are represented on the site.

Founder of Ski Resort Jobs, Shane Martz, is a die-hard skier himself and has lived in Canadian ski towns for the past six years. He’s personally seen firsthand the trouble employers have with hiring new staff each year.

Said Daniel Cerni, manager at the Sundial Boutique Hotel in Whistler, B.C.: “We are pretty much always hiring in every department at the hotel. The ability for me to advertise to people in Whistler and other ski resorts in B.C. is a big plus.” He continued: “The fact that we can post an ad on one website and it gets exposure both in Canada and overseas will be a huge help moving forward.” 

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