There are a number of ways to browse opportunities and discover exciting job opportunities on CoolWorks. This video provides a brief introduction on how to use CoolWorks to find your next adventure.
Tips on Using the Search Bar
The main search bar on the home page is a great tool for narrowing down your search to a few specific positions or locations. Like any search engine, the "Search Jobs" tool will scan the site for any keywords you enter, and return all results that contain those keywords.
To get the best results, be as specific as possible. For example, if you want to find a job in a restaurant, don't just search for "restaurant". If you do, you'll get results for every page that contains the word "restaurant", which could include listings that say, "We have a restaurant on site" or "The nearest town has 4 restaurants." Those results likely won't be very helpful.
Instead, narrow your search down to the position you're looking for, like "server", "chef", or "bartender." Even better, add a location to really narrow it down, like "chef Montana". By using more specific keywords, you'll narrow down the results that the search engine returns.
If you are not certain about where you want to go or what you want to do, and are open to discovering lots of potential opportunities (which is great, by the way, we love it when people use our site to discover something new!), we suggest discovering via exploration through our various exciting category pages: Search by State
, National Park
, or Season
. Access these various pages via the drop down "Find a Job
" tab in the top navigation menu which you can access from any page on the site.
We also suggest checking out the CoolWorks Journals
, which are a collection of real life CoolWorkers telling their stories of how a seasonal job impacted their path. Reading through and sharing in other peoples' experiences may help to ignite a spark of curiosity in you that you may not have known you had.
Whichever way you slice it, the site is completely self-serve. You'll want to take the time to read through all of the information the employers provide, trust your gut, and try to identify the places that you feel like would be a great fit. From there on, follow the employer’s application instructions to apply. Many have online applications; some have applications that need to be printed, completed, and mailed; some want a resume with a cover letter. Some might be remote and require a phone call in order to start the process.
The first step is easy: just dream up a place, a type of job, or a particular interest, and dive in!