Get your skis, snowboard , sled -- and your resume -- ready when you head to the slopes this weekend. Job fairs are on the docket in Tahoe.
Operators at three Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts said they anticipate big turnouts this week for job fairs.
Heavenly Mountain resorts has about 300 year-around employees and will employ about 1,500 people at the peak of the winter, Heavenly spokesman Russ Pecoraro said. It is holding job fairs on Saturday and Tuesday. Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood Mountain Resort have job fairs scheduled Saturday.
With an unemployment rate reaching past 12 percent, Californians are putting no limits on their job hunting. The high unemployment rates in both Nevada and California are making for a busy interview season in Tahoe the region. Operators said they expect competition for the seasonal jobs to be fiercer than in the past.
"We've seen more interest and we've also seen a higher-caliber candidate," told the Tahoe Daily Tribune.
Even without much snow on the ground, Kirstin Cattell, spokeswoman for Sierra-at-Tahoe said the resort has seen more applications from people with college degrees and those who have 20 or 30 years experience in the work force than last year.
Resorts have also seen more interest from regional and national job seekers this year, said Heavenly Mountain Resort spokesman Russ Pecoraro. They're expecting the job fairs to bring in thousands of prospective employees.
But beware, competition is stiff on the slopes, and not just for a spot at the top of the hill.
The sheer number of expected applicants means prospective employees will have to be prepared, Cattell said.
"Show up ready to interview for a job."