Ocean City Summer Jobs, 2010

Posted on March 3, 2010

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IT'S QUIET IN OCEAN CITY IN WINTER, BUT IT'S NOT TO EARLY TO START THINKING ABOUT A SUMMER JOB.

Bartending.

Bartending

Restaurant jobs.

Jan. 29,2011, News Bulletin:

The 2011 Ocean City Job Fair will be on Saturday, March 12, 2011. Please see Jan. 29, 2011 post.

Jan 15, 2011 News Bulletin: Foreign Workers

The number of foreign workers competing for summer jobs in Ocean City in 2011 may be sharply reduced. The U.S. Department of State is tightening requirements for the J-1 visa program, which thousands of European students use each year to come to work in Ocean City.

In a story by News Editor Shawn J. Soper, The Maryland Coast Dispatch reports that the State Department will require European students to have a confirmed job before they can receive a visa to come to Ocean City.

In 2010, about 3,800 European students — many without confirmed jobs — came to Ocean City to look for work, according to The Dispatch. For the full story, see the Jan. 14, 2011, edition of the Maryland Coast Dispatch, page 8A.

The Ocean City Blog adds the following analysis:

The logical result of the change in visa rules is that the supply of workers will be somewhat tighter for the 2011 summer season. Possibly, American workers will have an easier time finding seasonal jobs in Ocean City, and the downward pressure on wages may be somewhat relieved.

With a large, willing pool of desperate foreign students pounding the sidewalks asking for jobs every day, all summer, many Ocean City businesses have been able to adopt what I call a “just-in-time” hiring practice. Rather than hiring American workers for the entire summer season, some businesses hire workers off the street  for only the busiest weeks of the season. As soon as business slacks off, the foreign workers can be fired.

End Jan. 15, 2011 Bulletin — John Hayden

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The 25th Annual Ocean City Job Fair was held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 6, 2010, at the Ocean City Convention Center, located at 40th Street. Please dress appropriately.

Many seasonal jobs are available in Ocean City, Maryland, mostly in the resort’s restaurants and hotels. In this competitive economy, it’s best to apply early and often. Opportunities are here for young workers and mature workers, and the best jobs go to people with appropriate experience. For more information, including information on housing for workers, check out www.oceancity.org.

“Working in Ocean City for the summer is not a paid vacation.” That’s what one

Skills and experience.

Skills and experience.

hotel owner told me when I was a college student applying for a job, about 100 years ago. It’s still true. Nobody gets rich working in Ocean City, and most people — owners, managers, and employees — work plenty hard. It’s not unusual for energetic students to work more than one job.

The job market for college graduates being what it is, I think most college juniors and seniors would be well-advised to find a summer internship in their field of study, rather than a job at the beach. On the other hand, for anyone with ambitions in hotel or restaurant management, Ocean City is a great place to get experience.

If you’re graduating from college this year and haven’t landed a permanent job, a seasonal job might tide you over, and give you another reference for your resume. When a future employer asks at a job interview, “What have you been doing since you graduated?” you could answer, “Nuthin’.” A better answer would be, “I’ve been working six days a week at (insert name of OC hotel or restaurant here), and I’ve got great customer service experience.” Just my opinion.

Hotel housekeeping

Hotel housekeeping

You have an advantage if you can commit to working into September. Most colleges begin classes in late August, but businesses need workers through September, and sometimes later. This is one reason why many European students, who start classes later in the fall, land jobs in Ocean City. The presence of many foreign workers keeps hourly wages low in the hotel and restaurant industries.

Wait staff.

Wait staff.

The Town of Ocean City hires many seasonal workers in transportation, public works, police, and recreation departments. See the town’s job openings here. Many of the town jobs go to applicants with maturity, experience, or specific skills. For instance, drivers of the city’s full-size buses need a Class B commercial driver’s license, and answering emergency calls for fire and police is not a good first job for a teen-ager. Many senior citizens work during the summer as bus drivers and in parking enforcement and other positions.

Friendly service.

Friendly service.

Don’t come to the job fair expecting to get a job with the Ocean City Beach Patrol or as a seasonal police officer.  Those are among the best jobs in the resort, but both Beach Patrol and Police Department have many experienced people returning. The Beach Patrol has tryouts scheduled for weekends in late May and early June, but those tryouts will be canceled unless there are openings. (Some hotels need lifeguards for their swimming pools.)  The Police Department has openings in clerical and dispatching positions, but is not advertising for seasonal police officers. Testing for police candidates was held in February, and no additional testing dates are scheduled.

Hotel front desk.

Hotel front desk.

The pay scale for hotel desk clerks is $8 to $9 an hour, or less if you have no experience. Pay is also low for housekeeping staff, but housekeepers may get some tips. Most hotels and motels in Ocean City do not have bellmen or room service.

I believe that hard-working and friendly waiters, waitresses and bartenders can still make relatively good money in Ocean City, if they are committed to excellent customer service. But I’ve also heard that tips aren’t as generous as they were in the giddy years of economic bubbles. Pay for kitchen help tends to be low, with the  possible exception of experienced cooks and chefs.

Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.

Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.

Every hotel and condo building employs some maintenance staff, with people who are experienced and skilled earning the higher wages.

Most jobs in Ocean City are seasonal, from as early as April to as late as October. Of course, there’s always the possibility that a year-round business will keep a good worker on in the fall and winter, but it’s a long shot.

Take your order?

Take your order?

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