Aspen Skiing Co. envisions easy time finding help with job fair
September 6, 2011
ASPEN – The good news is: The Aspen Skiing Co. is holding a job fair Thursday at Bumps restaurant at the base of Buttermilk from 2 to 6 p.m. The bad news? There will be a lot of tough competition.
The challenge for Skico, the largest employer in the upper Roaring Fork Valley, used to be filling all its positions, and some jobs used to go unfilled during the ski season.
The recession drastically changed the picture: More people have applied for resort jobs than positions were available each of the last the last two seasons, and last year, it canceled its two fall job fairs because it had so few positions to fill. It held a job fair in September and had success filling the remaining positions.
It’s more difficult if you are not a local. Skico officials said more Aspen and Pitkin County residents are seeking work, so it has not had to look at other parts of the U.S. or outside the country. In addition, people are holding onto positions longer because there are so few opportunities.
“It was definitely different than in years past,” said spokesman Jeff Hanle.
The Skico has posted more than 80 openings on its online directory. Positions range from lift attendants at Aspen Mountain and Snowmass to bar and restaurant positions, and a security guard at The Little Nell hotel.
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A few notes on the fair: Skico is conducting it differently this year. It wants candidates to fill out an online application, then call to set up an appointment. The job listings are available at http://www.aspensnowmass.com/jobs, and the telephone number to call after filling out an application is 920-0966.
Two other job fairs are scheduled in October and November.
All employment is conditional on candidates successfully passing a pre-employment drug test. All employees must adhere to grooming standards.