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Whitetail job fair draws crowd

Almost 700 register in two hours for event

Almost 700 register in two hours for event

November 19, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

MERCERSBURG, PA. -- Judging by the number of vehicles lined up in Whitetail Resort's parking lots on Thursday, a visitor might think skiing and snowboarding had opened for the season.

But the crowd was there for a different attraction -- the resort's 2009 job fair.

"We're hiring lift operators, rental staff, food staff, sales staff. ... All of our departments are hiring," marketing coordinator Matt See said.

Job-seekers started arriving two hours before the 6 p.m. job fair. By 8 p.m., almost 700 people had registered for the event that ended at 9 p.m.

Another job fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to fill full- and part-time positions.

"We could get close to 1,000 people," See said.

The turnout on Thursday was by far larger than past years, See said. Approximately 200 jobs are available, with almost half of those as lift operators, he said.

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The Whitetail workforce fluctuates from fewer than 100 people in the summer, when the golf course is open, to more than 1,000 people in the winter, according to See. Whitetail is among Franklin County's largest employers in the winter.

Employees from 2008-09 received a letter in September asking if they want to return.

McHaley Williams, of Hagerstown, interviewed for a rentals position.

"I just like helping people," Williams said, saying her friends who work at Whitetail describe it as "a fun learning experience."

Timothy McAuliffe, of Hagerstown, said he'd recommend Saturday's applicants arrive early because the lines can be long. He also applied in the rentals department.

Scotty Pereschuk, of Hagerstown, applied for positions in lifts, rentals and ski instruction. Nicole Pereschuk, of Chambersburg, Pa., interviewed for rentals, Kid's Mountain Camp, and retail.

Both said they followed advice to submit applications in several departments.

Scotty Pereschuk worked at Whitetail two years previously.

"It's not like a job," he said. "I have fun here."

Employee benefits include skiing, snowboarding and snow-tubing; complimentary rental equipment; six ski school lessons; and food and shop discounts.

See said most employees come from Franklin County in Pennsylvania, Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland, and Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia. However, some ski instructors and patrol staff hail from northern Virginia.

Snowmakers could start work not long after Thanksgiving if weather cooperates, See said. The resort typically tries to open in the first or second week of December and remain open for 90 to 100 days.

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What: Whitetail Resort Job Fair

Where: 13805 Blairs Valley Road, Mercersburg, Pa.

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

For more information, call 717-328-9400 or visit www.skiwhitetail.com.

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