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Need help finding job!!!(4 posts)

Need help finding job!!!Bikewithadam
Nov 23, 2002 8:56 PM
Hey all,

Following onto the post below about European cycling tours, I am actually interested in finding a job as a bike tour guide. Here's my situation:

I'm currently a senior in college, thinking about what to do next year, and I've decided that I want to take a year off before grad school to do something outside of university. Of course, why not try to do the thing I'm passionate about--cycling!

I have extensive touring experience, and a little racing experience, and am very proficient with bike mechanics and maintenance. I speak decent Spanish, and am looking into courses in either French or Italian.

My question is if anyone on this board has any idea about what good tour companies there are out there, and particularly how one should go about submitting resumes for this purpose. I've done some research about American-based European tour companies but am having a tough time differentiating between them.

If anyone has any ideas, please let me know!
Gap is hiring for the holidayssweetbuns
Nov 23, 2002 9:46 PM
Then you can take your time and look for other jobs related to cycling.
re: Idea'steoteoteo
Nov 24, 2002 8:22 AM
You have some good skills for getting on board. The next step is making some connections with different companies. Mailing them and asking how you may be able to get on board. Look at their trips and seeing where you can help. If they have domestic trips look there first.

It is not the easiest job to get as you can imagine they get a lot of offers. You have to work pretty hard to prove that you stand out over others. In my case I have always wanted to do my own tours and had considered doing them around my hometown (Austin Texas). When I saw that a big company was doing a tour in Austin I mailed them and started some talks. I offered to help out, being a local with shop connections, ride suggestions, places to stay eat etc.

When trip actually happened I was able to meet the owner and talk to him about working on his TdF trips. From there it was just staying in touch and trying hard to show him I could add value for his guests. Things like writing trip diaries (I am a freelance writer), wrenching bikes, and being a 2 time tour veteren didn't hurt.

Mail me direct if you'd like at teoteoteo@hotmail.com I have a lead on a some jobs.
re: Need help finding job!!!Lone Gunman
Nov 24, 2002 9:13 AM
Could be only a summer gig, but I received a brochure once from Cycle America I think? looking for people to help with their annual ride across America.