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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It’s Never Too Late

If you’re feeling unsettled and ready for a change but there’s a myriad of thoughts telling you why you can’t or shouldn’t make the leap to a change, well, there really is no better time than the present to be present with your hopes and dreams.

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.

The Great Lakes are Calling!

The Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world – so big they’re sometimes referred to as “inland seas”! They’re home to remarkable national parks, wildlife preserves, pristine waters, beautiful beaches, and all the outdoor activities that go along with those. 

Your Summer Job Packing List Guide

We’ve worked our fair share of seasonal jobs over the years, and this list will hopefully help you narrow down the essentials and offer some inspiration for the little extras that will make your next adventure feel like your next home.

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? Turns out there were two. A manmade version that started in 1872 and lasted for almost 100 years, and today’s much loved version courtesy of Mother Nature.…

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.