Workamper News, which seeks to match traveling RVers with seasonal employers, drew more than 8,000 people to its first job fairs in January in Tampa, Fla., and Mesa, Ariz.
“We were so pleased with the results that we’ve decided to do it annually,” said Workamper News Editor Greg Robus.
The bi-monthly magazine and website www.workamper.com, which is published and managed from Heber Springs, Ark., places approximately 5,000 RVers annually with public and private organizations around the country that primarily need employees on a seasonal basis.
The Florida job fair, held at the Florida Recreation Vehicle Trade Association’s (FRVTA) Tampa Supershow Jan. 16-20, drew approximately 5,000 prospective employees and 40 employers, including Carson & Barnes Circus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Outdoor World RV Resorts and Camping World.
A two-day stand alone job fair Jan. 30-31 at the Mesa Centennial Center drew 3,200 people and 51 prospective employers, including Adventureland theme park in Des Moines, Iowa, which annually hires about 400 employees through Workamper News.
“The reason we zero in on January in the South is that’s when most of the RVers are there,” Robus said. “And, it’s the beginning of the season for many of our employers. There is actually a very small window when many of these companies can send out their human resources people to do something like this.”
Robus said the job fairs gave both potential employers and employees the opportunity to sit down and talk. “There is nothing like a face-to-face meeting,” Robus said.
At both job fairs, Workamper News sponsored seminars on making money while traveling, delivering RVs for manufacturers and managing a campground.
“There is nothing typical about the jobs,” Robus said. “They can be for just a few hours a week to full-time. Most are seasonal and most are part time. The common thing about the jobs is that employees bring their house with them.”
Robus said a job fair in Texas will be added to the itinerary next year, and that a Florida fair will be held separately from the five-day Tampa Supershow. “Employers said five days was too much,” Robus said. “They said they filled most of their jobs in two days.”