The Compass Blog

South Lake Tahoe, California

The Compass Blog is your guide to navigating the world of Jobs in Great Places®! We cover a wide range of topics relating to seasonal and outdoor jobs, including tips and how to's, travel ideas, personal finance advice, fun stories of history and personal experiences, and much more!

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5 Reasons to Consider a Season in Alaska

With 586,000 square miles of total land and less than 750,000 in population, Alaska is one of the wildest swaths of land in the world, and it vastness beckons thousands of adventure-thirsty job seekers every year.

CoolWorks Jobs – Something for Everyone!

I recently enjoyed the opportunity to have a fabulous conversation with a retired Police Officer. He said “I’m just starting to look at CoolWorks.com. Are these all entry-level positions for college-aged summer workers?” I was delighted to say – “Are you sitting down? Here’s the really good news!” and…

The Great Lakes are Calling!

The Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world, holding over 20 percent of the Earth’s freshwater along the northern border of the US with Canada. The lakes are so big they’re sometimes referred to as “inland seas”! They’re home to remarkable national parks, wildlife…

Your Summer Job Packing List Guide

So you’ve worked your way through the application process – aced your interview – accepted a job offer – and – now comes the fun part: getting there! Before you go too bonkers and start filling up your Amazon cart, take a deep breath and starting making a list.…

The Firefalls of Yosemite

Think of Yosemite National Park and images of its iconic waterfalls may come to mind. But have you heard of Yosemite’s Firefalls? Beginning in 1872 and continuing for almost one hundred years, there was a unique tradition that took place seven nights a week during the summer known as…

How to give Thanks this Thanksgiving

We hope you have a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving, and still have an opportunity to connect with your loved ones, even if it is from a distance. Remember to be grateful for all that you are and all that you have. And share when, how and what you can.…

Building Connection between Job Seekers and Employers

Having had 25 years of building relationships with the employers who use CoolWorks, as well as hosting an annual conference for seasonal HR folks, we’re in a unique position to be able to share with both sides of our community – the employers, and you, the job seekers -…

The Seasonal World, the “Real World”, and Friendship

I was reading through a chat thread of seasonal workers the other day, and the theme was the difficulties adjusting to living and working in the ‘real world’ after living the seasonal lifestyle. One point that many agreed on was how much harder it is to make friends. This…