I had a draft of a blog post on a different topic in the works for today, but then I caught the tail end of an interview on WOKQ this morning and I knew I had to share this incredible opportunity.
Imagine, for two months, living at a world renowned resort and partaking in all the amenities this resort has to offer including magnificent scenery, golf, tennis, fine dining and a salon and spa. Oh, and did I mention you would get paid for all this fun and frolicking? All you have to do is share your experiences with world via the social media platforms you already use every day. Announcing the Inn-Bedded Resorter, an opportunity for the right person to experience all that The Balsams Grand Resort has to offer and share those experiences with the world. The specifics of the job and an application can be found on The Balsams Web site. You must be over 21, and available from July 1 through the end of August and provide your own transportation to The Balsams.
All applications must be completed by Friday June 18th at Midnight Eastern Daylight time. The applications requires background information as well as an inventory of your public relations and social media experience. A brief survey of your recreational interests is optional.
This project is the brain child of bobdonpaul.com the agency of record for the Balsams. I spoke with David Donahue, bdp’s Public Relations Strategist after his radio stint this morning. The project launched this past Monday and already, they have received a couple hundred applications. “They have been unbelievable in terms of being the best of the best and the worst. I’d love to see 1000 applications, but we’d be happy with a half or a quarter of that amount” Applications have come in from all over the country and even one from India. People who are just out of school all the way up to those in their retirement are interested in the position.
All the applications will be reviewed and sometime during the week of June 21st, the list will be whittled to the top 5 candidates. From there, the community will have an opportunity to vote and the list will be narrowed to the top 3. Those there people will each be interviewed to determine who is the best fit for the job. According to Donahue, the best candidate will “take the job, seriously, not themselves.” The ideal candidate has a good mix of journalism, marketing and PR skills and has an established following on the top social media platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Linked In. Obviously the goal is to increase exposure for The Balsams, but for the right person, this opportunity could a gold mine.
To me, this sounds like a dream job, I love to meet people, try new things and see how things work, but, my summer is already tightly scheduled, so I can’t apply. Are you going to apply? If so, good luck and let us know how you do.
Lee Laughlin is a writer, wife, and mom, frequently all of those things at once. She blogs at Livefearlesslee.com and Thisnhlife.com. Her words have appeared in a broad range of publications from community newspapers to the Boston Globe.