A summer at Clevelands House Resort is almost indescribable, not many experiences could match the unique opportunity a summer at our 145 resort can bring. A question that is asked on a daily basis to our team (and myself) is “how do I get a job here?” or more commonly “how do my kids get a job here?” They’re very valid questions and many people want to have that experience that sticks with them forever. For some people, it’s a chance to move away from home for the first time, for some it’s the ability to meet new friends or maybe it’s the ability to swim in Lake Rosseau every. single. day. [ezcol_1third]
With thousands of staff who have worked with us, it’s incredible to see the magic happen for young individuals over and over again. Here are three top ways our staff have found their way into our family.
1. A Long History with the Resort
For many people they see themselves at the resort very easily because they spent 18
[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end][/ezcol_2third_end] years growing up in the Kid’s Camp or eating in our once formal Dining Room, so of course they can knock the question “why do YOU want to be a part of our kid’s camp?” out of the park! They know what it takes to be a 110% Camp Counsellor. It’s fun for us to see the passion in a fifteen year olds eyes when they say “I WILL work here one day!” Last year during interview we had a Suske interview for a lifeguard position. For any of us who have spent many years at the resort we know this family quite well. When we asked Jimmy why he wanted to work at Clevelands House it was simple. “I’ve wanted to work at Clevelands House my whole life! Clevelands House is the reason I became a lifeguard, it’s the greatest place in the world.” Spoken with so much determination, it is obvious that Jimmy got hired on the spot and continued on to be one of the greatest lifeguards we’ve seen.
Michelle Millar (centre) pictured on the ski dock also worked with us in 2010 & 2014
2. The Power of Friends
Word of mouth never fails to be the most important method for our hiring process. A little inside scope, Clevelands House does very little to get the word out that we’re hiring! It’s incredible that hundreds and hundreds resumes come flying in at the turn of the new year and it’s all because of word of mouth. Many cover letters we read mention alumni staff who told them about our resort and all the reasons they must apply! It’s great to see such a large group of applicants each year eager to learn more just because of the stories shared by friends. When I started six years ago, it was a group of friends gathered at Wilfrid Laurier that couldn’t stop saying “A summer at Clevelands House would be INCREDIBLE,” that got me eagerly applying and crossing my fingers! Not to mention the friends you meet on the job. A summer at Clevelands House comes with a sun tan and more friends than you can count, the life long kind too![ezcol_1half]
It’s the characteristics that so many of our team share that sets us a part. If I could summarize our candidates, not only would each be extremely friendly, out-going and hard working they also all share this unique sense of adventure. Clevelands House is an incredible jumping off spot for many people. Our resort is the place where people find that special someone to backpack Europe with, or a friend to move to Australia with or maybe even meet someone from another country and you move for good! The places people will go from our driveway is never-ending. In combination with the incredible staff that join us from around the world, the sense of adventure running through the staff quarters is always at an all time high! It’s very common for us to say goodbye to our staff in the fall, wish them luck on their adventure out west and welcome them back with open arms come spring time!
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We’re very lucky to have had such incredible staff work with us over many decades. We can’t wait to see what the next bunch bring and we can’t wait to provide them with an experience that they won’t ever forget.