Fast ways to fill your last camp jobs

photo credit: Camp Tanadoona

Opening day of camp is just around the corner and you still have a few positions to fill. No need to panic, you have a few no cost or low cost options easily available and one huge annual event working in your favor.

Colleges are wrapping up the school year and thousands of students are suddenly struck with the reality of returning home for the summer and living at home or finding a cool job that also pays the rent and groceries.  A summer working away from home might be sounding better and better. Summer camp jobs fit the bill!

Reach out to your camp community. We realize you’ve probably done this all year but yes, do it again. One, there is a lot of e-clutter out there and some (many?) of your emails will have been missed. But two, plans change and potential staff may now be available – especially those who returned home and are now being pressed by parents to get a summer job.

Send your detailed job description to EVERYONE in your camp database. Former camper and staff as well as your current families and staff. Include your board members, donors, vendors, anyone who knows camp and might be willing to share the job post.

If your camp communications are organized, it will only take a few minutes to reach potentially thousands of eyes.

Review and reach out to applicants from earlier in the hiring year. Again, plans change so someone who turned you down earlier in the year may now be available. Review some of the borderline applicants that you rejected this year. Maybe you were holding out for a better credentialed person and now those credentials are less important. Also, YOUR plans may have changed, in January you only needed 3 lifeguards, now with more campers you need 4. 

Again if your contact software and systems are good, it should only take a few minutes to send a quick inquiry email.

Use a summer camp specific job mailing list.  The goal is to be fast and summer camp specific job mailing list only hit people already interested in summer camp jobs. No need to spend time recruiting the person away from other types jobs they might find on a big multi-industry job site. CampStaffExpress has a 4,000+ summer camp job seeker mailing list. One ad can be blasted out to people already thinking about a job. Paid, highly targeted social media boosts for your summer camp job listing can reach double or triple that number.

Newsletter blasts out every Wednesdays, with social boosted daily.

CampStaff  members can send DIRECT EMAILS. Members only feature allows camps to target the entire CampStaff job seeker database or any subset or combination of criteria with a single email. For examples, 21 year old or older boat drivers, 18 and older male cabin staff, etc. Or on CampStaffNurses, RN’s available for July, etc)

CampStaff member camps can follow the direct email link for details. 

Reach Out to Potential Staff With a Warm and Personalized Message

photo credit Ocean Pines Camp

Happy hump day presented by the tip of the day from CampStaff and CampStaffNurses!

Hopefully by now you’ve noticed that we are sending you a message every day this week to help you master your CampStaff account in order to hire the best possible summer camp staff.

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Before you reach out to a potential staff member on CampStaff, feel free to do a little research on any information that a potential staff member opted to share with you. For example, you may want to check out a job seeker’s social media pages if they list them. Or, if you have any connections to make with them about where they go to school, where they live, hobbies they have, etc., mention this in your first contact with them.

The best way for the potential staff member to get a sense of who you are and the type of camp you hire for is through the customized email feature we have on our sites.  So, when you find a staff person you like on CampStaff and click on “contact this job seeker” an email is sent to the person from you. You can customize this email so it has your tone, your words, and your message. Here’s a brief tutorial showing you exactly how to personalize this message so every time you click on the “contact this job seeker” button you know the staff member is receiving a message directly from you. Feel free to add links and phone numbers in that email message to give the potential staff person as many options as possible to contact your camp!