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Mary Pat

Dear Mary Pat,

Why is it in Door County that seasonal employers entice perspective employees with employment promises that they are fully aware they have no intention of honoring? It appears “some” employers hire seasonal staff, that in many cases are hardworking, honest individuals, some from foreign countries and some local, and make all sorts of “promises” regarding hours, pay, benefits –or lack of usually, etc. In reality, they use these individuals and dispose of them like toilet paper.

Wiped and tossed.

Dear Wiped and Tossed,

There is no doubt about it; Door County can be a challenging place to make a living, most especially because of the seasonality. This combined with our national economy can prove to be an even scarier scenario. That doesn’t mean that your prospects are hopeless.

It sounds to me as though you have had a bad experience with an employer, possibly more than one. If you can put your annoyance to the side for a moment, do you honestly think that they had no intention of honoring their commitment or is it possible that perhaps the circumstances changed during the season? Maybe your employer took a hard look at their sales, saw they weren’t what they should have been and your boss had to let some staff go. Without knowing the particulars, I couldn’t say for sure.

This upcoming season has a lot of people worried. I personally think it may end up being a strong summer and fall for Door County. Advanced bookings have some hotel owners encouraged. If the hotels are full, other businesses will be busy as well. Whether Door County is in full swing or not, you need to make sure that you are one of the employees who is consistently collecting a paycheck. Without sounding like Tony Robbins during an infomercial, you need to position yourself for success. You need to be the guy left standing if there is a choice to be made among employees. Now is a good time to make sure that your side of the street is clean, so to speak. Get to work on time, do the job you are supposed to and then some, make yourself indispensible to your employer. Also, feel free to be forthright with your employer when they are interviewing you. Ask if there is any likelihood that you would be let go. If so, how much notice would they give you?

(You may also want to avoid some of Mary Pat’s previous traits in her younger days as a summer employee such as eye rolling and sighing loudly. This does not always present the most positive attitude.)

The job market is tough, but good employees will always be sought after.

Good luck,

Mary Pat