Applicants seek opportunity at PCMR job fair
November 7, 2014
As they usually do, job hunters filled Park City Mountain Resort’s Legacy Lodge Wednesday for the resort’s annual job fair. But while each of them sought the same thing, it became clear they were markedly different.
Among them was a mother, looking for a part-time job to get out of the house. And there was a 23-year-old who had been in town six days, and was unsure how long, exactly, she was going to stay. Throughout the evening there were about 100 others who filed through.
For PCMR, being able to draw employees from various walks of life helps make ski season successful, said Andy Miller, communications manager for the resort. PCMR typically hires 450 to 550 seasonal employees each winter.
"We’re looking for passionate people who are looking to take advantage of their ability to add to the customer experience," he said. "We’re all ambassadors for the resort, but there’s certainly no more visible ambassador than those employees that our guests are running into every day, multiple times a day.
"Our team members are what make Park City Mountain Resort come to life. When you can pull people with different backgrounds and experiences, and coming from different parts of the world, it adds a texture to the experience here that makes our mountain special."
Given the value of the employees to the resort, competition for them can be stiff. Canyons Resort and Deer Valley Resort also expect to fill their rosters with qualified, diverse workers.
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"With three great resorts here in town competing for those workers and to fill those positions, something like this is a big deal for us," Miller said. "We rely on those front-line workers, whether they’re table bussers or bumping lifts or maintenance workers or anything in between."
The job fair also means a lot to those looking for work.
For Sarah Coughtrie, the chance to work part time this winter is essential. A 23-year-old Ohio native, she has traveled the country since graduating college. Six days before Wednesday’s job fair, she ended up in Park City, where she will make her home for the winter. But it might not be possible without at least some income.
"Finding a job here is certainly important," she said, adding she’s looking for something part-time, perhaps in food service. "Obviously I’m making kind of a sacrifice by coming to Park City. It’s not the cheapest place to live. But if I wanted to go somewhere cheap, I would go to Arkansas and get a job there."
If it all goes well this winter, she could see Park City becoming her permanent home. She has signed a one-year lease, but anything after that is still uncertain.
"It’s definitely going to be a year, but then it’s going to be ski season again and it’s going to be tough to leave," Coughtrie said. "So this could be kind of a permanent move. And I’m OK with that. If I don’t like it, though, I can leave."
Joyce Walden also needs a part-time job this winter. And as a Parkite who enjoys skiing, she figured PCMR would be the perfect place to look. However, unlike Coughtrie, it’s not the money or experience that’s important to her. A mother of young children, she’s simply looking for something that can keep her busy.
"The kids are growing up and I’m heading back to work," she said. "I’m just checking out what’s available. It gets me out of the house and gives me something to do."
People unable to attend the job fair Wednesday are still welcome to apply for positions at PCMR through its website parkcitymountain.com/jobs. Miller said the resort hires throughout the winter.
"Some people have to leave earlier than others, so any point in the season, we can be looking to fill holes," he said. "And obviously those busy holiday periods, we’re looking to bring extra people on if we can. That’s certainly a resource I’d encourage people to keep up with throughout the winter."