Lots of folks looking for theme park jobs
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.
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.
I saw a story where Carowinds reported receiving nearly 3 times the amount of applications they normally get. I have to believe that they aren't the only ones and that it's probably an industry wide trend. Given the economy and rising unemployment, the seasonal parks will have a mountain of apps to go through.
SFGA is the only one taking pride in the Chicagoland area that has alot of jobs for people. The scary thing is they are getting lots of retirerees
I am currently seasonal at WDW, so I dont have to worry about actually getting a job...but I do have to worry about picking up shifts and getting hours, which are hard to come by nowadays....I also want to go full time, but theyre not promoting anyone to full time for a while...we have a a hiring freeze that has been on since october or november, which is supposed to be lifted in march, but we shall see
SFSTL is getting a huge turn out for new hires. They have 3,000 jobs open and have seen 300-500 people turn out a week to apply. The job fairs keep going every Saturday for another 2 weeks.
I interviewed for two Professional Internships at EPCOT and AK. Got a face to face interview. Didn't get the jobs!
This is not what I want to hear as I graduate from my bachelor's mechanical engineering program and aspire to work for a theme park company.
The good news is that when the economy picks back up (when being the key word), the application pool will shrink again. The internships/professional positions were probably always difficult to get, but now it's probably even tougher with more professionals applying. Engineers and design positions are probably even tougher because (A) Parks are cutting back, and (B) Contractors are generally the first place they cut.
True say, and thanks for the advice.
Note to theme parks hiring summer staff: pass on the "older, more experienced applicants."
I want line attendants who've been around rides long enough to know how to load 'em fast and full, to keep the wait time minimal. If they can do that while offering a laugh, great. But I hate attendants who are trying to be "fun," yet not doing their job.
I get aggravated with lazy teenagers doing a half-assed job. Despite being young myself, I typically prefer older employees, but I do hate to see senior employees working late nights when they are too damn tired to think.
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