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The Traveling Worker

Plumbers and electricians are always in high demand.Temporary jobs are available in every field, with a high demand right now in construction and communications maintenance, installation and repair. There is work available as a bookkeeper, secretary, receptionist, pharmacist, caretaker, cook, bottle washer, pet groomer, baker, dentist, doctor, medical technician, engineer, law assistant, court reporter, satellite dish installer, sales clerk, ticket taker, bus driver, computer programmer, fruit picker, mechanic, graphic designer, teacher, carpenter, nurse, gardener, writer, pizza delivery person, tour guide, product demonstrator, product tester, magazine subscription seller, landscaper, Santa, waitress, security guard, seamstress, public speaker, catalog salesperson, laundry machine maintenance technician, auto shop stocker, grocery delivery person, political campaigner, door knocker, you name it, there is a need for a temporary position or fill-in for a sick employee.

Graphic of a person at a computer.The traveling worker moves from job to job, independent of a corporate boss and the weight of running a business. They can work in one industry and in one job position but work for a variety of companies, changing when the job is up or when they feel like it. They can work in a variety of job positions, changing their interests within the industry to accommodate changes in the business or their own interests. Or they can take on any job they find as it comes along. They are the most versatile workers on the road.

Janitorial and cleaning positions are in great demand by the temporary services.The more flexible you are regarding the work and working conditions, the easier it is to find a job. Some people are happy enough to be near relatives or the warmth of the sun so they will scrub floors and toilets for 20 hours a week to be there. Others work because they need the money and the rest is unimportant. If you just want to take your life on the road and find whatever job finds you, consider the following questions:

  • All good sized companies require people with great receptionist skills for greeting customers.What do you want to do?
  • What are you able to do?
  • How long are you willing to work?
  • Where do you want to work?
  • How much money do you need?
  • Would you settle for an exchange of housing and allowance for work?

Most traveling workers hold temporary or short-term positions. They are either hired directly by a company or recruited through a temporary or contract agency which specializes in short-term job placement. Usually these positions do not include insurance or any benefits like stock options or investment plans, so the traveling worker must make their own arrangements and pay for them out of their own pocket, if they need these things. Living in an RV can mean lower expenses, but working as a temporary or contract worker means planning and budgeting to cover the benefits they don’t get.

Finding a Job

Painters, construction workers, mechanics, all forms of blue collar work is available.Job hunting from the road can be difficult. There are many temporary job recruitment agencies, but it’s a challenge to stay in contact with them when you don’t know where you will be from week to week. The Internet makes it easier to find a job before arriving in a community, but not always. Looking for a job, whether long or short term, is the same. You need to have access to a telephone with an answering machine. You need to keep your resume up-to-date and ready to fax or email upon request. Many agencies require a battery of tests before consideration. Many require face-to-face interviews, but others will work from telephone interviews. If you work with a national or international recruitment agency, you only need to go through this process once and they will forward your records from location to location. Most temporary job agencies do not charge the worker but pass the fees directly to the hiring company.

There are some requirements that must usually be met in order to get a temporary job. These can often be a challenge for the traveling worker. We discuss some of these in our article on Home Sweet Where. They may include:

  • Local address and phone number.Seamstresses, tailors, and other textile specialties - there are many short term jobs open to those with specialized skills.
  • Permanent address and phone number.
  • Emergency contact, preferably local, but not always.
  • Valid driver’s license, often from that state but not always.
  • Green Card or proof of residency and citizenship.
  • Social Security Card

The parks have a high demand for short term employees.Kelly Services and Manpower are two of the largest employment services companies, offering full-time and temporary jobs all over the world. The National Park Service relies heavily upon temporary labor. There is a wide variety of job seeking services on the Internet. Short term jobs can be found, especially before the summer tourist season, at SummerJobs.com and JobWeb.org. A unique national temporary employment agency is growing in popularity with RVers. Labor Finders has few requirements other than being an able body that arrives between 6-8 AM prepared to work. They help you select a job right for you and will even help you get there. At the end of the day you stop at the office and pick up a pay check, their mission being “A day’s pay for a day’s work.” As a national company, they can forward your work history and information across the country, making the work of finding a job on the road much easier. Since all you have to do is show up ready to work, the reliance on a telephone is not necessary.



  • Posted December 23, 2005 at 15:36 | Permalink

    i would really like to know what avanues can i take that are available to me job wise without a social security # or a work permit?

  • Posted December 24, 2005 at 2:52 | Permalink

    Well, I’m not an expert, but it is my understanding that if you do not have a social security number or a work permit, you are considered an illegal worker as you are not a citizen of the country and you would be working without permission.

    But that hasn’t stopped illegal workers from getting jobs in the United States as well as the rest of the world.

    Having worked with a lot of illegal workers in several countries, and helped immigrants learn English in other countries, I have to say that the fear they live with every day of being caught and evicted from the country, jail time, and more nasties, while it is painful and full of red tape, doing it legally is much safer and less stressful than being illegal.

    I feel for the people who try to work in areas and countries where they cannot find work and are forced to leave the country and their homes to find income elsewhere. I know that doing it legally can take many years and much money and agony, but there are many who succeed. I wish the world would give up the concept of borders, but that is wishing and reality is as it is.

    Good luck with your endeavors and please check with an expert as I am not one on this issue. I just know that looking over your shoulder and living in fear of “what if I’m caught” is not a good quality way of life.

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