The Real Secret to Finding a Job in Alaska (That No One Else Will Tell You)
These days Alaska is all over the television. There are countless shows featuring people living, working, and getting rich on the last frontier. And the more you watch these shows the more you probably want to try your hand at working in Alaska and experiencing everything that the state has to offer.
But then comes the grueling task of trying to find a job in Alaska. They make it seem so easy on TV, and there are countless websites that claim to be able to help you find employment in Alaska. But most people find that after weeks of trying they are no closer to finding work in Alaska than they were when they initially started.
That's why I wanted to write this article and tell the truth about finding a job in Alaska. No, I'm not selling anything, there are no e-books to buy or courses to enroll in. All you will find in the next few paragraphs will be factual and useful information (and all free of charge). Useful information that will be able to move your Alaska job search along at a rapid pace.
Why You Should Listen to Me: My Alaska Work Story
First I just want to prove that I know what I'm talking about by briefly sharing my Alaska work story.
In the summer of 2016, I was blessed to be able to work in Alaska for 4 months. I worked in a really small town called Moose Pass. The town consisted of a restaurant/lodge, a post office, a library, a small K-12 school, and a few houses.
There were two stop signs and no stoplight. It was located between the cities of Anchorage and Seward and most people drove right through and never knew they had ever been in Moose Pass.
I worked at the lodge which was called Trail Lake Lodge because it was situated right on the banks of Trail Lake. Trail Lake was a gorgeous body of water that was surrounded by mountains.
Getting to work and live in such a beautiful setting was truly a blessing. My time in Alaska was one of the most memorable summers of my life and I will never forget it.
And it was while working in Moose Pass that I learned the secret to landing a good job in Alaska. And now I will share that secret with you...
How to Find a Job In Alaska
I'll just come right out and say it: The best way to find a job in Alaska is to actually be in Alaska. That's the secret, it's really that simple. And before you say 'but Tim I need a job lined up before I can move to Alaska', hear me out, I've got a solution for that.
So the reason why the best way to find full-time employment in Alaska is to actually be there is because Alaskans are kinda wary of us Lower 48er's. Especially when it comes to us moving to their beloved state.
They have seen the explosion of Alaska related TV shows too, and every day they hear people talking about wanting to move to Alaska. But most people never actually move there. It's really just a dream for the average American.
Now put yourself in an Alaskan hiring manager's shoes. How likely are you to take seriously the countless applications you get from people not currently in the state? You would probably assume that most of the out of state applicants are people who are just caught up in the dream and aren't really serious about working for you or actually moving to Alaska. That's why so many applications from out-of-staters get rejected.
So what's the solution?
The best way to find long term employment that will allow you to move to Alaska and become a permanent resident, in my opinion, is to start off with a temporary or seasonal job in the state.
Most people are unaware that there are 100's of available entry-level jobs in Alaska every summer. And employers are desperate to find workers to fill these jobs. Why? Because most of the jobs are low-paying tourism-related jobs that only last for a few months. And also because Alaska does not have the population to provide the amount of workers needed to fill these jobs.
This provides a golden opportunity for a savvy job seeker like you. Even though your main objective is probably to find a high paying, full-time job in Alaska, you can use a seasonal job to get your foot in the door, or in this case on Alaskan soil.
Most of these seasonal jobs provide room and board (since they know you will be coming from out of state and will need a place to stay) and while the pay isn't much it's enough for you to survive on as well as save a few bucks during your summer stay.
Did I mention that Alaskan seasonal employers are pretty desperate for workers? I did? OK good. That means that the hiring process is super simple. Basically they are looking for anyone with a pulse who is willing and able to come and work.
I landed my job in Moose Pass after only one 15 minute phone interview. And I had at least 3 other companies that were interested in hiring me. The hardest part of the whole job search was figuring out which job and company I wanted to choose.
Once I was in Alaska working I began to inquire about full-time jobs there out of curiosity. The locals I met were more than happy to tell me about all the job openings in the area as well as the high paying oil jobs and fishing jobs in surrounding areas.
I personally didn't want to stay in Alaska past the summer season but I have friends who found full-time work and are still there. If moving to Alaska had been my intention I could have easily found long term employment, in fact since I still have good friends there I could probably go back anytime and find a decent job.
Alaska is one of those places where it really is 'who you know'. And the best way to get to know some native Alaskans that can hook you up with a good job is to be there mingling with them.
So how do you find a good seasonal job that will let you spend some time in Alaska mingling? It's actually super easy: Visit Coolworks.com and check out their Alaska Jobs page. Coolworks is the #1 seasonal work website and they have job listings for some pretty cool places all over the U.S. I used Coolworks to land my job in Alaska and so have many of my friends.
What is Your Dream Alaskan Job?
And there are some pretty cool jobs on there. Ever thought about being a dog sled wrangler? Working on a cruise ship? Working on a secluded island that you have to fly via biplane? Working for a biplane company? Working on a scenic railway?
These are just a few of the cool jobs you can hold down in Alaska while you are getting together the proper contacts to get your full-time job. Or you might be able to turn your seasonal job into a year-round gig.
My point is that it's super easy to land a job that gets you to Alaska. All you will need is the price of a plane ticket or enough gas in your vehicle to drive there. Once you get there your housing and food needs will be taken care of and you can spend your time making a few dollars and exploring Alaska.
At the end of your seasonal contract hopefully, you will have found a job that will allow you to stay in Alaska forever and enjoy the last frontier up close and in person and not through the screen of a smart TV while you sit on the couch, dreaming.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2018 Timothy Ward