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How to Find Work on Your Working Holiday

By Edited Dec 20, 2013 0 0

So you are looking for a job while on a working holiday? Check out these examples and see if they will work for you.

Example One

“My planned working holiday around Australia had not gone as planned. I’d run out of savings and the last place I worked hadn’t paid me for the six weeks work I’d done. They kept saying the money would be in my account tomorrow, but tomorrow never seemed to come for them. I had enough money for a bus fare to the nearest city and $20 change. It was $17 for a bunk in one of the backpacker hostels and I brought a bread stick and some fruit for breakfast with the change. It was clear that I needed a job today and one that would pay me at the end of my shift if I didn’t want to be starving and homeless by the next morning. Thankfully, the show had just come to town so I walked out to the showgrounds and asked all the stall holders if they had any work and explained that I need to be paid at the end of every day.  I guess people that work at the show are used to requests like that because nobody seemed very surprised. The second stall I called in on gave me a job at one of their stands where people throw darts at the balloons to win a prize. I had to collect the money, give out the prizes and stand around yelling things like “come and try your luck” and “everybody wins a prize”.  I’d always been quite shy and found the whole experience mortifying but they paid me $10 per hour in cash at the end of the day and they gave me three days work. After that I got a job in a bar by walking around with my resume and my holiday was back on track. And I contacted my last employer and threatened to go to the media about them not paying me, the next day six weeks’ worth of wages were deposited into my bank account.”

Example Two

“I’d arrived in the city the week before, it was meant to be a quick stop on my trip but I liked the place so much I decided to try and find a job and extend my stay for a while. The first thing I did was sign up with one of the local job network agencies. There wasn’t a lot they could do for me because I wasn’t on Centrelink but it gave me free access to their computers and photocopier machine. I typed a quick resume up and then used their photocopier to make about 30 copies. After this I dressed in black pants and a white button up shirt which is pretty much the universal hospitality uniform and walked down the main street of the city centre. I stopped in at every pub and club and asked to see the manager. If the manager would see me I’d give a quick spiel about my (very limited) experience working in my local pub and hand them a copy of my resume. If no manager was available I’d leave my resume with the bar staff to pass on. By the end of the street I was starting to feel a bit disheartened  and I only had (2) resumes left. It was the second last pub on the street that hired me, and in the end it was only because the owner worked out that I had gone to school with her friend’s daughter back home  who she then called and my friend  put in a good word for me.  I ended up staying there for 6 months.”

Example Three

“I knew that I wanted a short term job in the Kimberly region of Western Australia as it was one of the places I had always dreamed of visiting. The only problem was I was fast running out of money. Since I had no great plan on which town I was based on, I tried to line up a job before I left my current bar job. Basically I created a webpage with my resume and employment history on it and then looked in the yellow pages for email address of businesses in that region. I sent all the address's a quick note explaining that I was looking for a short time position and included the link to my webpage. It took about 8 hours to create the webpage( I used a free site builder) and collect all the address and send off all the emails. I also asked them to forward my email to anyone they thought may be looking for staff. I got (2) phone calls in the next 24 hours. One of the positions was casual in a bakery  for three months during the tourist season and the other was  a six week stint in a post office doing front counter and sorting mail while someone was away on holidays. I choose the post office job, because they added free accommodation and because it was closer to the region I wanted to explore. Things didn’t go exactly as planned and in hindsight if I had even a glimpse of the town before taking on the job I would have bolted, but that’s a whole other story”.

Example Four

“I wanted to experience outback Australia and having recently broke up with my partner I had no commitments keeping me in my 9-5 job. I looked at websites offering seasonal work and thought I might try to follow the harvest trail but by chance I came across a copy of the “Country Life”. There were lots of classifieds for stationhands, governesses and cooks and it appeared you didn’t need a lot of experience. I applied for a job as a Domestic which basically meant I had to help a lady look after her two children while they were mustering their cattle and out completing other station duties. There was also a bit of housekeeping and helping the cook out when required. Basicaly I called the number in the paper and they asked me to fax through a resume and the phone numbers of two references. The next day they called me back and offered me a (6) month contract even though the only experience I had looking after kids was some babysitting when I was in high school. The following week I was off.”

What about you? What did you use to find a job while on a working holiday? Did you find it easy or hard? Please let us know by commenting.



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