Travelling is an amazing experience and sometimes a once-in-a-lifetime trip. It can be difficult to save all the money you need for an extended getaway, which is why working abroad is the ideal solution.
Take your current dull and dreary office job with the rain pouring down outside and turn it into an Australian adventure where you can nip to the beach at weekends, sail around islands and get up close and personal with amazing wildlife.
Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? You won’t be the only person to want to escape to sunny down under, though, so make sure your CV stands out from the crowd to secure the best paid work possible.
Below are some top tips to help you pay your way around Australia.
Keep an open mind
If you’ve always worked in a clothes shop, or only ever earned a wage in a restaurant or bar, don’t be afraid of trying something new.
You’ll get trained up, learn new skills – which will be valuable wherever you go – and it’ll show you’re willing to get stuck in. This means you need to regularly keep in touch with the recruitment agency and be as enthusiastic about two-day jobs as you would two-month ones.
After all, every Ozzie dollar you earn will be put towards amazing excursions like sailing around the Whitsunday Islands, visiting Uluru and simply experiencing the nightlife with your new friends and colleagues.
Get your CV sorted
Just as potential employers back home get put off by a poor CV, the same goes for companies in Australia.
Try and keep your CV to one page, check and double-check spelling and promote your strengths as much as possible. While your education will be of interest, recruiters want to know your experience in the workplace, so focus on this more to keep them reading your resume to the very last word.
Save some cash for uniforms
Some places will provide a uniform for you, but others will expect you to have the right gear. Leave some cash to one side for items such as steel-capped boots – if you plan to do construction work – while a smart black skirt and white shirt goes a long way in the hospitality industry.
It goes without saying that your chances of bagging a job will increase if you make sure you look smart and tidy. Just because you’re travelling around chilled-out Australia doesn’t mean you can let standards slip!
Go in with the right attitude
Manners and enthusiasm go a long way, so even if you weren’t too keen on one of your placements, stay professional until your contract ends.
Always thank the recruitment agency and employer for giving you the opportunity to enhance your CV and skills. Networking is one of the best ways to get work, whether trying to work in Australia or being a volunteer in Rio, so make sure you chat to as many people as possible and always speak positively about previous placements.
Remember the reason why you’re working in Australia to begin with – you want to earn enough money to explore the country.
Recruiters understand this, so don’t be afraid of turning down a position if it clashes with your travelling plans. It works to their advantage if you have time away, as you’ll come back refreshed and raring to start a new job in order to save cash for your next adventure!