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America’s Best Summer Job: Your Vote Matters

See, techy skills. I borrowed this from the website.

See, I have tech skills. I borrowed this from the website.

I’m applying for a job in Vail, Colorado, one that will require me to write, post photos, interact with guests, lead cruiser bike rides, hike and be all sorts of ambassador-ish and social. Pretty cool, right?

It’s one of those opportunities that I feel like was made for me–or someone like me. But part of the process is dependent on votes: only the top ten people (according to online votes) will get an interview.

At last look, I was #19; I’ll need about 1000 votes to break into the top 10. It’s a bit daunting.

I like the fact that there’s still an interview process. I feel like actually speaking to the person–or persons–hiring allows a candidate to put their best foot forward, something that may or may not happen in a 30-90 second video. However, I also feel like my video didn’t necessarily address the various aspects of this job and why I believe I would be a stellar candidate.

Total transparency: I shot the video on my phone in about four takes. No judging here–I read that submissions had to be in by March 15 and it was March 15, so I didn’t take as much time as I should have. But it’s there.

As a result, I’m using this opportunity to elaborate as to why I deserve to have (an interview for) America’s Best Summer Job.

  • Vail holds a special place in my heart. Though I worked there for several years, it still has the ability to surprise me, to keep me guessing. Every day is different and every sunset marks the end of an amazing day. I’d love the opportunity to share the endless appeal of Vail with others.

    Just another gorgeous sunset in Vail.

    Just another gorgeous sunset in Vail.

  • While I’m not super hard core, I love hiking and biking and being outside. I think that my less-than-hard-core status actually makes me more relatable to those coming from sea-level.

    It's a gorgeous day for a paddle.

    It’s a gorgeous day for a paddle.

  • I appreciate the finer things in life, like enjoying performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on a picnic blanket.

    Just getting some culture at a Bravo! performance in Vail.

    Just getting some culture at a Bravo! performance in Vail.

  • I have the ability to balance work with play with creativity and flexibility, much like this slack-lining pro at last year’s Go Pro Mountain Games.

    He's balancing his life, at least.

    He’s got a work/life balance figured out.

  • I work well with others and am equally comfortable volunteering for events or simply serving as cheerleader for those brave enough to take the challenge.

    Pre-race: Vail Rec District Mountain Bike Series

    Pre-race: Vail Rec District Mountain Bike Series

  • I am well-versed in the art of the “selfie” during all sorts of outdoor activities.
Selfie after hiking to Gore Lake near Vail.

Selfie after hiking to Gore Lake near Vail.

  • I want to share all that Vail has to offer and, if that means eating at fabulous restaurants, I will take one for the team. And the pounds that might try to accumulate.

    Just one of the many gorgeous dishes at The Left Bank.

    Just one of the many gorgeous dishes at The Left Bank.

Here’s what the good folks at Vail are looking for in candidates:

• An outgoing spirit and excitement to learn and explore. • Strong communication skills. • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team environment • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite Office. • An ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments. • Creativity and flexibility. • Familiarity with social media sites

What do you think? Want to help give me a shot? If so, please help me get my foot in the door. You can vote daily from multiple devices until March 31, 2014, so rock this vote!

http://bit.ly/PE7qZo

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