September 19, 2014 — Odile was one of the worst storms so far this hurricane season and when it hit ‘the Baja’ as a Cat 3 a few days ago Cabo San Lucas took a severe beating. Based on all the news reports, tweets and other online posts, which included photos and videos, a lot of the infrastructure was hammered; power, electricity and water were out, windows smashed, etc. and the International airport in San Jose Del Cabo was closed down and reportedly will remain closed for a week, two or longer.
So Here’s The Scoop: Now, as of this writing, tropical storm Polo has just been upgraded to a Cat 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds. Polo is moving WNW at 8 mph, making its way up the southwest coast of Mexico — and Cabo might get some of Polo knocking at its door soon, something they don’t want or need.
I once worked in Cabo for a number of years and absolutely loved the area, the people, the Sea of Cortez, the Pacific Ocean side, the whales coming down each year, star gazing at night, the resorts, etc. and actually liked just about everyone I worked with. Most of them were top notch professionals and produced clean business resulting in ‘stats’ much higher than their counterparts elsewhere in the Land of Time.
And speaking of those ‘stats’, many of the TS resort Pros — without pitching heat — produce average contract prices in the mid $20-K range with NLT that a 25 percent down payment plus closing costs upwards of $1-K. Oh, and a lot of all cash deals as well.
However it seems many of the sales and marketing people in the greater Cabo area will be without an income for many weeks to come; depending on travelers who are currently cancelling their reservations in record numbers for several months in the future, earning a living at Land’s End will be challenging.
If Polo hits Cabo, even partially, forget about it at least for months. At the very least there will be no ‘high season’ for 2014/15.
As such I highly encourage all levels of management, sales and marketing Pros down in Cabo reading this week’s Scoop to visit our ITG ‘Featured Employer’ banners on the right side of the page) as well as our Career Opportunities classifieds section and consider the outstanding opportunities those companies are offering.
Additionally I’m asking our worldwide ITG audience, including readers of our very popular GateHouse blog section and my column, to reach out to anyone they know in sales/marketing in Baja, California Sur and let them know that if they’d like we will publish their resumes absolutely free of charge right here ITG.
By doing so that simply means that among our approximately 100,000 monthly readers — which includes S/M reps, TS Owners/Members, Developers, Executives, Project Directors, HR department heads, Sales and Marketing mangers etc. — they can let the worldwide TS community know their bona fides and that they are available.
So spread the word folks! Reach out to your Amigas and Amigos south of the U.S. border (specifically in the greater Cabo area) and suggest they dust of the old resumes post haste – update them – maybe include a photo – and especially their contact info and phone number in Cabo and have them e-mail their CV’s (resumes) to ITG asap (when the power is back on): email@example.com and in the subject box write “Odile Resume”.
That (“Odile Resume”) is very important to include in the subject line because ITG receives a lot of e-mails on a daily basis and by placing that tag in the subject line it will receive the highest priority from our staff.
Good Luck Out There!
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