working in OZ

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1. Posted by stag (Budding Member 31 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Looking at the current state the world is in at the moment the chances of gaining employment are prety slim when traveling, but next year i will be looking to seek a job in Sydney for 2-12 months as part of my traveling, even with all relevant permits and visas it's going to be a struggle.

Is it going to be worth risking turning up and just looking for one without securing one before leaving as the money earnt from working in OZ will go towards the flight home?

Any thought would be appreciated, thanks!

2. Posted by nics26 (Budding Member 55 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'll be doing the same from june onwards, i think it depends on what your hoping to do for work, i for instance am a hairdresser and hope to do that, ive checked the job sites regularly and there seems to be work.

good luck

3. Posted by stag (Budding Member 31 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Oh yeah, there is always jobs everwere that appear and disappear, like here, but every job gets about 20 people applying for it! It's difficult times, but then it has to be a good enough salary to rent a place for 2-6 months and feed yourself!

4. Posted by joey22 (Respected Member 561 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Stag,

Hostels in Oz have lots of jobs advertised on their notice boards. Most are temporary and lots of people apply for them making competition hard.

Signing up with recruitment agencies once you land in Oz and find your feet can help.

I personally took a pile of CV's, donned a shirt and hit the streets. I asked to speak to the manager at a number of bars/restaurants/sandwich shops etc etc and gave them a CV in person. Making contact like that led to 2 very enjoyable waiting jobs with pretty decent pay, free food/drinks and half-decent tips. I didn't have tons of experience.

If you want a more worthwhile job you will struggle. Most people just take anything going (within reason).

In my time in Oz I worked in two cafes/bars, worked in a KFC in Perth flipping chicken, and did a nude photo shoot for $150 with a reasonably attractive female photographer who was producing an online calendar . Look on Gumtree and similar sites for work too.

Good luck


5. Posted by stag (Budding Member 31 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Helpfull post joey thanks, were did you stay and for how long?

6. Posted by joey22 (Respected Member 561 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

No probs Stag.

I've actually been over to Oz a couple of times.

Most recently I lived with my girlfriend and some friends in a shared house in St Kilda, Melbourne. I then went to stay with family in Perth so I guess I'm not much help to you when it comes to Perth.

St Kilda is a great area - tons of bars/cafes/restaurants and by the sea. Accomm options e.g. renting are plentiful. There is a lot of info at the Base backpackers on jobs and rooms to rent etc. They have a travel desk there too if you fancy the ramsay street neighbours experience or whatever else ;) I was in St Kilda for 3 months or so.

It's easy to get into the city on the train - 20 mins journey or so.

On my previous trip I just did the typical backpacking up the east coast thing Sydney to Cairns in 3 months. Great fun!!

Kings Cross was the main hub of the backpacking network back in 2001 when I was in Sydney though I daresay there are other good hostels in and around George street - people on here could help with that I'm sure.

backpacker places do have tons of job info so are a good start point.

I would still go down the 'cv in hand and can I please speak to the manager' route if I were you. Get yourself a pay as you go mobile phone asap and then you can be contacted by potential employers. Phone shops do a backpacker deal so just go ask - its a bog standard nokia with a pay as you go sim card basically. Pretty cheap - I think my phone was $70 and I rarely used more than $50 a month credit as I wasn't as reliant on my phone as I am here :)

If you are travelling around Oz too make sure you get up to Cape Tribulation for a few days, do a 4wd trip on Fraser Island, whitsundays sailing, go and see Uluru. Don't just go there and work and stick to the cities - get out and about and see some of the country. An awesome awesome place mate!!

Shout if I can help further