As I continue my quest to answer the worlds questions, I have below answered an recurring one about finding my job in Outback Australia. While I will never get a job for a random person who emails or writes me, I will lead them directly to the place they need to go.
As well I do my best to answer in as much detail as possible. If my answer lead to more questions, then by all means, email me those and I will do my best to help you out.
Quick note: Unfortunately for Jade, the first thing I notice is that her English is not too gooder. I would just like to make this sweeping suggestion in advance of future emails, that you learn the best English language skills possible when it comes to finding jobs in a foreign tongue. If you can't do that, than I suggest you have someone else proof read your CV and cover letter, just to make sure you get your message across. Kind of like how I should have a copywriter for this website, but I dont (sic).
On 28 Jul 04:13, Jade wrote:
I found my job in the outback completely based on luck. Myself and my partner were looking for work online and using the internet at a hostel. My partner went downstairs to ask if we could stay at the hostel an extra hour to finish sending resumes. She mentioned to the owner that we were looking for a place in the outback to work for the next few months.
Then the owner got to talking and said, "hang on, I know a place you should apply to". She got us in touch with the manager of the most perfect resort. A place deep in the outback which we would eventually work at for the next five months and would ultimately redefine our entire trip to Australia and beyond. It was a complete fluke that happened because we were nice people.
For you to get similar luck, I will suggest you try a few things.
First of all, ask around at the hostel. People can't help you if they don't know what you need. People may have suggestions of resorts nearby or other places they have worked. Try to ask hostel owners and other older more mature folks. They generally have better connections.
As well, remember that you never know who is paying attention to you, so don't be a drunken fool. It might stop someone from suggesting things. If we were drunk or came across as irresponsible people, Deb never would have referred us to work at her friends resort.
Another way is for you to go in your lonely planet or rough guide or whatever guidebook you plan on using and look up resorts in the area you are interested in working. From there, go to each resort's individual website and look for a "careers" or an "employment" page. Most will have one. There, you will find current openings and contact info that you could email your resume/CV to.
Another way would be to actually call each place up on the phone. Then ask for a manager and ask the manager if they hire any seasonal hospitality staff. If yes, ask how you can apply. If no, then ask if they know of any places that would.
Another way would be to google outback resorts in australia. Again, find the employment section and see if they are currently hiring.
When looking for a place to work, find the ones that are as far out in the middle of nowhere as possible. The farther out, the better. That will mean the likelihood of them providing some sort of accommodations are good. As well, it will be an even better experience.
Remember outback resorts are in all parts of the country, so don't limit yourself. A few places to help you get started on your way include the following places. Some are in the outback, others are just resorts that also offer accommodation. Kangaroo Island, Daydream Island, Potshots Resort in Exmouth, Arkaroola, Rottnest Island, Ayers Rock Resort, Gruet Island.
Look up national parks in Australia, then find out which parks have hotels in them. Those hotels will be hiring seasonal staff. Regarding the seasons, each region has one time of the year which will be high tourist season. Line it up so you are applying to that region about 2 months before the tourist season begins. They will be staffing up and you will have a better chance at getting an opening.
I also suggest that you seek out a place to work which is small and privately owned. That way, when you call or email, you have a better chance of speaking to an actual decision maker.
Apply to all of the outback resorts you can find. Every time someone replies by saying no and that they either have no openings or don't hire backpackers, remember to ask if they know of any resorts who do. Each negative response could also be a potential lead.
I wish you the best of luck on your trip to Australia. It is an amazing country. I would love to hear about your experience when you get going. Where you end up working and how you found it. Please keep in touch.
I have also tried to put as much information online about my experience and how you can find other jobs in Australia at Travel Droppings. Check it out and let me know if you have any further questions.
Best of luck!
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