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ADVICE NEEDED - JOBS / CV WRITING FOR WORKING HOL VISA - OZ

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1. Posted by Bobby1 (Budding Member 18 posts) 6y

HI ALL,

I'm going travelling in Jan and going to be looking for work in Oz (prob Sydney/ Melbourne) from 18/5/2011.

I have started writing my cv but i was wondering if anyone has any tips on what info it should contain? I've put my education, work experience and qualifications on but didnt know if there is anything else is should include.

Also, does anybody have any advice on whether it is easier to get a job in Sydney or Melbourne?

I have started looking at jobs on seek.au to try and get an idea of what to look for when i get there. I was wondering if anybody knew of any recruitment agencies which are happy to accept backpackers.

Final question, i was wondering if anyone knew the general attitude towards travellers when job hunting? Im abit scared that people will assume i'm lazy/ think that I wont turn up for work.

Look forward to the responses.

Thanks
xxx

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 6y

Quoting Bobby1

I've put my education, work experience and qualifications on but didnt know if there is anything else is should include.

From what I recall, there wasn't anything different about Australian CVs, but look at the inevitable CV writing guidelines on some random Australian recruitment agency's website to be sure.

Quoting Bobby1

Final question, i was wondering if anyone knew the general attitude towards travellers when job hunting? Im abit scared that people will assume i'm lazy/ think that I wont turn up for work.

In my experience that really isn't an issue at all.
What will happen is that some (larger) companies will pass you over for being a traveller (especially if you want to do more than minimum wage jobs) because they can't invest in your training and get more than a few months of you working for them out of it. But especially smaller companies will have a good chance of being run by someone who still remembers going backpacking themselves (a huge percentage of all Australians do this), and will want to give you a break because of it. So it evens out.

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4. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 6y

Add something about your personal interests and hobbies, and Id also suggest slip in somewhere that although you are coming over on a one year work visa, you are looking to relocate permanently in Aus. This will give you a bit more of a foot in the door to some companies that don't want to invest in a short termer. It might not be true now, but who knows where you life will be in a year and maybe you really will be looking at staying.

5. Posted by TravelSara (Budding Member 16 posts) 5y

I can only agree to Dodger's post. Just keep in mind that it might be hard to find a job and that it might take some time, so be sure to have enough money in the beginning or find another job maybe at a cafe or so just to not just sit around the first few weeks. In my experience it is hard to get a job down here while you're not in the country (a lot of employers would like to meet you in person before making a decision), but since you can apply online you might just wanna give it a try.
Have you also had a look at www.gumtree.com.au? Although I applied also on seek and other job sites the jobs I got in the end were all announced there.

Generally I didn't have any problems with being a "backpacker" - the usual WHV people don't write a CV, don't apply for office jobs and don't plan to stay longer than a few weeks at one place. All things that don't apply to me and with the right attitude you will get the right job for you.

I made my way without recruitment agencies, but there are so many out there, just send out your CV and see what happens. You might always be lucky...