However, in the seasonal world I know it's tempting to stop recruiting the moment the season starts and when the off season arrives believe that it's time to take a break. But, in order to get the best candidates, not just those who can fog a mirror, it is imperative to always be a recruiter, all of the time. You never know when you might just find that perfect person to work at your lodge, camp, resort, ranch, etc. Good recruiters are recruiting all of the time. Think of your own life. Doesn't it seem that when you are not necessarily looking for the love of your life, or the perfect job, or finding that place that you can call home, it finds you? Life is all about seeking opportunities and taking some risks, for in doing so you will find your reward.
Be good recruiters. Remember that paper or on-line applications represent people and they simply want to move their lives forward and have some adventures along the way. Don't dash their dreams by not acknowledging their interest. Be thankful. Say hi, write that email, give them a call that says "Thanks for applying!" Of course, you'll find people who aren't qualified for your jobs, but be nice about that too. Move them on to something that suits their skills better or advise them to acquire different skills so they can get that job in the future. Be brave enough to tell someone no. It's a whole lot nicer than letting them float in cyberspace wondering if their application got through in the first place. Be kind. Successful recruiting campaigns are based upon and supported by recruiters who possess the following mindset. "Who can I meet today? Whose life am I going to change by providing an opportunity to work at my lodge, ranch, resort, etc.?"
Because really, isn't that how you would like to be treated?