Vail, Colorado –Thinking about moving to the mountains but wondering if you can have a professional career and live in a beautiful place? The answer is yes.
The other week I spoke with Aryn Schlichting, founder of MountainCareers.com, the start-up that is proving that talented professionals can have it all – a real career and live in the mountains. Mountain Careers shared with me that with 250 year-round professional jobs posted in the last 11 months and 1450 subscribers on their “list” they are confident that mountain towns across Colorado are no longer just for ski bums.
Designed to elevate the quality of job opportunities in mountain towns, Mountain Careers is a traditional job board website with a twist – they are solely focused on professional, career jobs in the most coveted mountain towns including the Vail Valley, Summit County, and Aspen area. The goal is “to help professionals stay in the mountains and attract those who did not think it was possible to have a ‘real job’ in a ski town.” The founder of Mountain Careers states, “as an HR professional in the valley for over 10 years, I know there are extremely qualified and talented people living in these towns – we just needed a way to connect everyone.” Mountain Careers uses modern recruitment practices, to reach job seekers online or on their phones, through email, social media and mobile platforms. The site has created one affordable place for employers in the mountains to be able to post their jobs and exposes quality opportunities to those seeking the mountain lifestyle.
For years mountain towns have been known for the “ski bums” lifestyle. But the truth is that times are changing and with growing businesses and a healthy start-up scene there are many quality jobs in these areas that are attracting talented individuals and enhancing their communities. These mountain enthusiasts are demonstrating that you can have it all, live in a place with world-class recreation (skiing, biking, events and more) and have a great career. The best part is many of these towns are at their tipping point and are looking for new leaders to make an impact in the community. So far Mountain Careers has posted positions in areas such as technology, health care, nonprofits, education, hospitality, government, marketing, sales and human resources. Currently there is even a Director Level job offering six figures!
Setting themselves apart from other job websites, the company vets each position so applicants know they are only viewing professional options and employers know that potential candidates aren’t sifting through a seemingly endless list of jobs that don’t pertain to them. Mountain Careers is currently focusing on expanding all over Colorado but has posted job opportunities in the Sun Valley Idaho are as well as Truckee & Tahoe.