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Heading to Australia - August 2011 :-) Job advice and such?

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1. Posted by mewling (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

G'day! I'm a 25 year old Scot who at present, lives in the Lake District.

I'm headed to Australia in August for around 9 months. This forum looks pretty helpful, so I'll try asking some questions here.

I'm doing the working visa thing, and I'll definitely need employment whilst I'm in oz. I'm in the wine industry right now in the UK, and I'd love to get a job working with one of the vinyards, hopefully in Barossa or elsewhere.

This is obviously a general thing for all jobs, but how long should I leave it before applying for jobs? I'm sure that employers won't want to hear from people 6 months in advance, but I'd love to have something sorted. I've never applied for a job abroad before, and I'm not sure of the protocol or etiquette; is it okay just to spam your CV and a covering letter to everyone that seems appropriate in advance? is it a better idea to just get in touch with a temp agency in Australia or are there specific people for this? These all probably come across as very elementary questions, and I have researched them, but I think it's best to check with those who know from experience :-)

I'm sure the first month will be the trickiest - assuming I haven't have a job before I head out, is there a "best way" of having an amazing time in the first couple of weeks without blowing everything I've saved for this? If I don't have a job in advance I'd hope to start in sydney then head south for work, to melbourne/adelaide etc, but I'm 100% open to any suggestions.

Furthermore, what's the best way to ensure you meet nice people? It's sometimes tricky to find groups of people who you get on with! I've been told that staying in a hostel is the best way to go about this - but I'd love to meet aussies as well as travellers.

Uh, that's all I can think to type, for the moment. Many thanks for your help in advance!

db

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Jan-2011, at 12:37 by mewling ]

2. Posted by iluntsai (Budding Member 13 posts) 5y

Hi there,
If you come to Australia in August it's a little bit late to find some job at any the vinyards. Lots of backpackers will probably have been waiting nearby for weeks or months. But there will still be some jobs for you if you're willing to wait. However, waiting can be time-consuming and money-blowing. ;)

You can download this National Harvest Guide. It will help you plan you trip and tell you where to go.

Also, there are some snow jobs during the snow season; however, the snowfields hotels or industries hire employees before the snow season and hope them stay the whole season. You can try these websites: Ski.com.au, Thredbo.com.au, Mt Buller.

If you don't have a job in advance, you can try WWOOFing or Help Exchange. You do some work and exchange for room & board. In your free time, you can explore the region. You’ll learn real Australian life style from the host. It would give you a good chance to experience Australia and make some OZ friends and backpackers as well. It also gives you time to learn OZ culture without blowing everything.

When it comes to meeting people, the best way to meet nice people is staying in a hostel. That's true. My OZ fiance say it's the only place to meet nice people. You will meet backpackers from everywhere. But, remember to be cautious all the time.

Oh, almost forget to tell you a great website- -snip-. It's really a useful website.;)

Anyway, have a nice trip & happy working holiday!

Moderator comment: please see Forum Rules

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. Link to Forum Rules added. ]

3. Posted by iluntsai (Budding Member 13 posts) 5y

Excuse me but the website above is not mine. It's a really useful website for travellers to find a job. That's a free job board. I found jobs on it, too. The jobs update daily and you people can find working hostels as well.

I don't know why I can't suggest the -snip- website.:(

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 5y

Quoting iluntsai

I don't know why I can't suggest the -snip- website.:(

It might not be your website, but I'd be very surprised if you weren't related to it in some way - I've seen it promoted in a much more obvious way on this forum at least once before, which is why it immediately triggered my snip reflex. My apologies if you really are nothing but a happy user of that website, but the policy on this website is to basically allow nothing which has even a hint of promotional posting, and experience has taught us to take a very strict line there, especially with newly registered users. (And yes, that can come over really badly when we make mistakes - but it results in an otherwise very nice and clean forum, so it's still deemed worth it.)

Either way, the website you linked to is just a front-end for the official australian jobsearch website, with no original jobs of its own. Please refrain from linking to it in further posts.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Jan-2011, at 03:42 by Sander ]

5. Posted by iluntsai (Budding Member 13 posts) 5y

Quoting Sander

Quoting iluntsai

I don't know why I can't suggest the -snip- website.:(

It might not be your website, but I'd be very surprised if you weren't related to it in some way - I've seen it promoted in a much more obvious way on this forum at least once before, which is why it immediately triggered my snip reflex. My apologies if you really are nothing but a happy user of that website, but the policy on this website is to basically allow nothing which has even a hint of promotional posting, and experience has taught us to take a very strict line there, especially with newly registered users. (And yes, that can come over really badly when we make mistakes - but it results in an otherwise very nice and clean forum, so it's still deemed worth it.)

Either way, the website you linked to is just a front-end for the official australian jobsearch website, with no original jobs of its own. Please refrain from linking to it in further posts.

Oh, I'm sorry but I didn't know that. I'll be careful next time.
Thank you :)

6. Posted by mewling (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

Thank you kindly for the helpful replies!