Lots of folks looking for theme park jobs
Written by Robert Niles
I subscribe to a many Google News alerts for various theme parks, and over the past couple weeks I've been inundated with stories about various parks having thousands of applicants come forward looking for summer jobs this year.Tweet
Normally, I don't bother with such stories - regional theme and amusement parks look for new employees every winter, and that's not really "news" to anyone who follows the industry, or to fans.
But the number of folks showing up for work this year might be. Certainly, the lousy economy provides the motivation.
While an oversupply of applicants isn't the best thing for returning employees (less chance for pay increases and overtime), it can be good news for park guests - since parks will have their pick of employees for the summer, including many older, more mature candidates who otherwise might not consider theme park work. If the economy brings back older, more experienced applicants who had worked in the park in the past, so much the better. Experienced employees mean safer parks, shorter lines and better customer experience.
Now, how long any of these applicants will hold on to these summer gigs is another matter. If souring economy means too few people end up visiting the parks, many might end up laying off some of the folks they are hiring now.
How is the park employment scene looking to you, Theme Park Insider readers? If you are applying for a job, or working at a park that is taking applicants, reply in the comments or e-mail me your story. Thanks.
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