Friday, July 29, 2005

J-1 Visa Update

On July 25, the US House of Representatives approved by vote of 351 to 78 an amendment to attract exchange students to the U.S. and reverse the negative perceptions of the visa process. The amendment encourages the US Department of State to develop "best practices" to reverse the current situation. It calls for a review of the application and issuance rates for F and J visas at every U.S. Consular post abroad.

This update provided by Alliance Abroad.

Read the full story online.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Filling Those August and September Gaps

We're seeing a lot of activity on our "Help Wanted Now" page. It's the 2nd busiest page on our site and is your best shot at shaking out a few extra folks to help you get through crunch time as US students head back to school. We're driving extra traffic to Help Wanted Now with our classic "Stretch Your Summer" pitch from elsewhere on the site and ramping things up with outside advertising across the Web. You can punch it up even further by pairing a "Text Ad" with a "Help Wanted Now" ad. We'll combine these two for a back-to-school price of $150. The two ads typically go for $190. Contact your Cool Works buddy to make it happen.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Cross Recruiting - Networking with your Opposite Season Peers

Recruiting Winter Staff from Summer Employers

It's that time of year. We KNOW that some of you ski resorts buddy-up with a summer employer or two to swap seasonal employees back and forth. Tis the season to facilitate such things. It can be a win-win-win for employers and the employee.

The folks in Yellowstone and the Tetons typically invite some winter employers to visit with their summer staff. Derek, with Aramark in Alaska, has asked us to extend an invitation to winter employers to make a pitch to his summer staff at Glacier Bay and Denali:

1250 seasonal hospitality employees completing their summer contracts at Denali, Alaska mid September.

Every position including Housekeeping, Maintenance, Restaurant, Front Desk and Kitchen

e-mail to arrange a site visit or for more details.

Derek Safley
Regional Human Resources Director
ARAMARK Parks and Resorts - Alaska
P.O. Box 87
Denali National Park, AK 99755

Contact Derek if you want to establish a cross-recruiting relationship there whether it be a site visit or just sending him some material to distribute.

SUMMER EMPLOYERS - if you want to hear from winter employers who would be interested in recruiting among your staff for winter help, please let us know in a reply to this email.

WINTER EMPLOYERS - if you want to contact interested summer employers about recruiting their summer staff for your winter season please let us know in a reply to this email.

We will then share the list only with those who reply to avoid spamming all of you with such requests. Years ago we maintained a password-protected directory of seasonal employers who wished to network and cross-recruit. If the interest was there we would be willing to pursue that again.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Let us Publish Your Recruiting Schedule

Are you hitting the road this fall? We'll publish your recruiting schedule for free if you're a Cool Works' client. Send us your recruiting schedule or direct us to it on the web and we'll help you promote your road trips or job fairs.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Telling Your Story

Telling Your Story

We'd like to do a better job of spreading the word about the incredible experiences staff have at your properties. A "Job Posting" is a commodity. We have always been about the allure of the Place. We'd like to brag up your places some more.

We're looking for some talent to help us put together a weekly (or so) write-up of the kinds of things going on at work or play at your locations.

I just got back from a few days hiking in Glacier National Park and was blown away by that place AND by the number of employees I ran into out in the backcountry. It gets us fired up about what we do at Cool Works to see that.

May we contact you occasionally to get a sense of what's going on at your location at a particular time to feature in a brief write-up? If you or someone on your staff would be interested in writing a few pieces - and photos only make it better - we'd love to work with you there as well.

Stay tuned for details and please let us know what you think.

And if you don't believe Glacier could have been that nice, take a peek.


Are you or your staff taking interesting digital photos of the experience?
Contact us about how to add them to the Cool Works Photo Pool,
now being displayed in the lower right of our homepage.