You get off the plane and arrive in the big city, check into your hostel, settle in, chill for a few hours and then your next major priority is to start looking for well-paid backpacker jobs in Australia. After all, it’s money we need to earn to see the sights and hit the road.
Types of Backpacker Jobs in Australia
You can get all sorts of backpacker jobs in Australia. Don’t believe the ones who say you can only pick fruits or wait tables. I know people who have done factory work, managed sales teams and even sailed boats.
It took me about 1 month to find work. I didn’t fancy doing the sales/fund-raising work and didn’t have any hospitality experience so tried desperately to get an office work. Luckily i did manage to and was paid $25/hr in my first job and $40/hr in my second. At the end of the day, it is the Holy Grail of backpacker jobs in Australia, as it’s indoors, chilled out and well-paid. You also get the weekends all to yourself.
My Top Tips
Perfect your resume/CV
Get some others to read it and make sure you tailor it to the industry you are seeking. So for admin work, make sure you emphasize your organisational and computer skills.
It’s then very important to use the job websites such as Seek, Indeed and Gumtree. These are general sites which most of the agencies will put job onto. Filter on temporary and contract work, you as a backpacker can only work contract roles lasting a maximum of 6 months with one organisation.
Apply for all the roles that suit you and make sure your cover letter is up to scratch and tailored to the role. I’m not saying re-write the whole thing for each submission but change a few points.
Build a relationship with your agent
Hopefully, you will then get some calls from agencies. They may not ask you about the specific role you applied, but ask questions about your skills and what you are looking for. If they think they may be able to find work for you, a meeting will be arranged with you. When applying for the job, give the specific agent a call to enquire, before or after sending the application. Tell them what you want, so that they remember who you are when they see your resume. It is critical you make a good impression on the meeting, otherwise they will not be willing to submit you as a candidate to their client. Dress appropriately and prepare as if it will be an interview. Don’t be passive, chase your agent up as you don’t want to miss out on that perfect role.
Robert Half, a large recruitment agency found both of by jobs. My first job for a one month contract and my second, a 1-2 month contract which went on until I quit 5 months later. So if you perform well, the company may keep you on. I wasn’t even required to attend an interview for the first job, I got a call and started two days later. My jobs paid $25 and $40 per hour, which allowed me to save a lot of money very quickly. Although office work isn’t typical, for me they are the best backpacker jobs in Australia in terms of making money.
Despite what a lot of people say, it can actually be tricky to find work in the hospitality industry if you have no prior experience. There are so many backpackers and others looking for this type of work who have experience, so bagging yourself a decent one is no easy thing.
If you have coffee making skills, this will work massively in your favour, as Australian’s love their coffee. More accurately, a good cup of coffee. So much so, that in Melbourne, there are barely any Starbucks as the Ozzies prefer high quality Barista coffee. My advice is to go into the city and hand out as many of your resumes as possible. Just remember who you’ve handed them to.
It is without a doubt that the most accessible backpacking jobs in Australia are the fundraising and door-to-door sales jobs. These are jobs that require no experience. Simply reply to a classified ad and you’ll get a call asking you in for a meet. If you aren’t a total plank, you should be offered a chance to fundraise or sell, after some basic training. Hopefully, on completing your trial period you will be able to carry on making some cash. I would be lying if I told you that these are the best paid backpacker jobs in Australia though as most are commission based. If you have bags of charisma and are a master sales guru, perhaps, but if you are like the rest of us, though, the pay packet won’t be anything to scream about.
Other things to aid with your search are to check out the hostel notice board and speak to other backpackers to see if they know of any jobs going.
The Facebook backpacker groups are also excellent to find jobs and meet people. You need to be authorized by admin to join which can take a while sometimes but it’s worth it/
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