Preparing for the Busy Summer Season
by Yoko Minoura
When everyone else starts dreaming about summer vacation, that’s when people in hospitality gear up for the peak season.
Tetherow is looking to fill roughly 50 positions this spring, according to Human Resources Manager Kate Fritz, in preparation for the opening of the golf course and a busy summer season. That number does not include golf caddies, who are hired through local business High Desert Loopers; instead, the resort is looking to bring aboard additional restaurant staff, housekeepers, greenskeepers, and others.
To that end, Tetherow will hold a job fair April 16th, 9 am – 1 pm, that will allow candidates to meet with department managers. Job seekers who cannot attend are encouraged to download a job application from Tetherow’s website and email the completed form, along with a resume, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month’s event is actually the second scheduled this year. Training and Development Coordinator Cori Ervin said the first job fair – near the end of February – drew a strong response, even though it was advertised less than a week in advance.
“We had 30 people walk through the door, and probably 10 more that sent in resumes that weren’t able to make it,” she said.
But both Ervin and Fritz said having candidates visit the property is key. Although Tetherow’s name recognition has grown, Fritz said many people may not realize the full extent of the resort’s offerings – and the resulting opportunities.
“I think being able to meet people in person – the department heads, the managers – (and find out) what the job is like, what the environment is like, is very important to the recruitment process,” she said.
Ervin added that, in some cases, managers have recommended candidates to a different department than the one they were originally interested in. Job candidates should be prepared to sit for a “pre-interview” with a manager based around organizational values, including passion, integrity and teamwork.
“We want to find people that want to contribute to the culture at Tetherow,” she said.
Even though many of the job openings are seasonal, Ervin and Fritz said there is always potential for the right person to transition into a year‑round position. Last year, two employees in the golf department and one at Tetherow Sport transferred to Guest Services when the course closed in November. Tetherow also tends to promote from within, meaning that a summer job at the resort can be the first stepping stone toward a career.
“Internationally, hospitality is a respected career path, and they take the idea of service really seriously,” Fritz said. Meeting managers at the job fair is a good way to find out what people in hospitality careers find fulfilling and meaningful about their work – and what they especially love about Tetherow.
“I think there’s a lot of excitement in finding people we want to bring into the family,” Fritz added.
More information about current job openings is available on our Careers page.