Working Alternatives

Apr 19, 2010
Outside Magazine

Some company somewhere sweet is always hiring—you just need to know how to find it. The easiest method? Teach English. ESL instructors are almost always in demand (check But if you don't want to abandon your profession, start by finding an employer in need in your country of choice, as they can often help cut through the visa red tape. Here's where to hunt:
Australia & New Zealand:
Mexico, Central & South America:
All Over:

With telecommuting increasingly popular, many people are looking to use "I'm remote today" to mean "I'm at the ski cabinbeach shack." But with cell coverage sketchy in many spots, you end up having to explain curious phone numbers. The solution: Google Voice. The free service, which launched in the U.S. last March, allows users to route calls to wherever they are. Request an invite (, sync it with up to six phones, then click where you want to be rung. (You can add temporary locales like, say, your friend's lake house.) You can also dial out from any line so your Google number shows up on caller ID, and send and receive SMS texts. Miss a call? Google e-mails you a link to the voicemail recording and a rough transcript—so you can read it on the chairlift.

It's a commonly reported notion that group bike rides and other shared workouts have displaced the golf course as top venues for job networking. Great! But what's the strategy for finding work while hitting your maximum heart rate? We like these tips, adapted from Jeffrey G. Allen's Instant Interviews: 101 Ways to Get the Best Job of Your Life :
Be Early: Target sessions before 9 A.M. to sync with the professional crowd.
Be Tactful: Let your coaches know you're job hunting so they can make introductions.
Be Patient: Don't pass out your business cards on the first day—make a real connection around your shared sport, then talk business. Just ask Tad Huser, who scored his job as domestic sourcing manager at SmartWool through a contact he made at the 24 Hours of Moab. "We became friends," he says. "Then when the position came up, she got my résumé in the right hands."

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