Trying to find a backpacker job in Australia and struggling to get started on how to find a job in Australia?
Well, Australia has heaps of jobs going all over the place, but like everywhere in the world your dream job in Oz isn’t just going to fall out of the sky and into your lap — you’ll need to go out hunting for it and make sure you’re all good to hit the ground running.
There are a variety of tips I’ve picked up during my time down under and job resources that will help kick-start your job search. Hopefully, it’ll mean that when the time comes to get the dollar rolling in you won’t have heaps of trouble getting everything underway!
How To Find Backpacker Job In Australia
Tidy Up Your CV
Whilst I was working across Australia wherever I was working got handed heaps of CVs every day from travellers looking for work, so the first thing you need to do is to tidy up your CV and make sure it’s really selling you.
The number of crap CVs we threw out because they were just untidy or careless was pretty unreal, so its super important you get this first thing sorted ASAP!
When putting your CV together make sure this info is clear and easy to find:
- Languages spoken
- Contact number
- Visa type
- Visa expiry date (you might want to lie about this when you’re getting to the end of
- your visa, but you didn’t hear that from me!)
- Previous employers
- Previous job titles
- Overview of your responsibilities
The key is to make it as simple and effective as possible! I laid mine out like this and it seemed to do the trick…
November 2010 – Sept 2015
Responsibilities: face to face sales, travel planning, promotions, task management, cash handling, marketing, blog contribution, phone sales, customer service
If you can keep the entire thing to two pages — one for qualifications and contact details, the other for previous roles — that’s ideal. Obviously if you’re trying to find work in Australia that’s a bit more specialist (rather than just bar work!) you might want to push it to 3 pages to really sell your experience and qualifications.
Backpacker Facebook Groups
Believe it or not you can actually be productive on Facebook…who would’ve thought!?
As well as keeping up with your new travel buddies and annoying the hell out of everyone stuck back at home, you can put Facebook to work and join some of the backpacker and Australia groups and communities.
Not only are they a great way to connect with some other travellers and share tips and advice but also a place for employers to advertise job opportunities, so have a search around and get involved.
And if you have any leads about jobs yourself, don’t forget to share the love in the comments!
Here’s a few places to get you started:
- Sydney Backpackers
- Sydney Network Backpackers
- Australia Backpackers
- Australia Backpacker
- Australia Rideshare for Backpackers
- Backpacker Australien (German mainly but still heaps of people!)
- Australia Backpackers AMF
- Australia Backpacking
Of course you can always use these Facebook groups to meet new people and share some lifts, too. They’re always helpful contacts for tour advice, accommodation and heaps of other backpacker knowledge!
Job Search Websites
As well as Facebook there are also some dedicated job sites for travellers looking to find work in Australia, so it’s worth signing up, subscribing or simply checking them out every so often.
Personally, I only use the free ones (the ones that charge the people posting the jobs, instead of the backpackers!) as they still have plenty of work to choose from and you won’t be spending any of that precious cash you’re desperately trying to hold on to!
Many have Facebook pages that are regularly updated with new job listings, so it’s worth hitting “like” there as well for the latest info.
To get you started here’s a few of the ones I’ve used the most
If you’re looking for ‘proper work’ then Seek is a really solid option as it’s the main job platform for pretty much anyone in Australia looking for work. From sales roles to videographers, marketing managers and beyond.
Use Hostel Resources
Hostels are a great source of info for finding work, so don’t overlook them when you’re trying to get started! Many have notice boards that contain loads of work opportunities, from casual promotional work through to working as an extra in movies, so keep your eyes peeled!
Don’t stick to the noticeboards, though — the actual people in hostels are great sources too. Fellow backpackers are always on the prowl for jobs, and you’ll soon find that those on the job hunt or working will have heaps of leads to follow up. And it’s a mini support network too!
Don’t forget to ask the staff, either — they’ve usually got heaps of contacts with local businesses and friends of friends, so it’s worth hitting them up.
Finally, there’s always working in the hostels themselves! I’ve spent a lot of my time in Australia doing work for accommodation, trading a few hours of work a day in exchange for a bed. You’d be surprised how much money it saves you. It’s a great way to get started whilst looking for paid work.
If you score a good placement you’ll find it comes with heaps of other perks too, from free evening meals to bar tabs and free tours. And it always seems that when you get in with the staff and the locals, other work opportunities start to present themselves.
Finding Second Year Visa/Farm & Rural Work
If a second working holiday visa is something you’re aiming towards, you’ll need to find a backpacker job in Australia that allows you to complete the 88 days of rural work needed to qualify for your second year.
Check out the official visa regulations for second year visa info –
Like for the standard job hunt, there are some great online resources to keep you up to date with farm work opportunities and clue you in on which areas of Australia are the best for each season. For more info check out the following sites.
- Backpacker Job Board (Farm Work Section)
- Farm Work 23
- Job Search (The official government search engine)
What I would say about the rural work is that it can be very hit or miss. Some places are amazing and you’ll have an incredible experience, saving heaps of dollar. Others can be a bit of a nightmare and may have you quitting sooner than you anticipated!
The best advice I can give you is to do your research, and remember that a personal recommendation is something you should hold in high regard when deciding where to head for work. If you can get contact details from a fellow traveller, that’s always the best bet!
Keep in mind that the Australian government has just reformed this part of the second year visa application and you now need to submit pay slips along with your application — so paying off a farmer (naughty naughty) is now out of the question! Unfortunately this means things like volunteering and WOOFING no longer qualify, which is a bit of a bummer.
Although this might seem like a big shake up and a pain, it actually means that farm work is more regulated, which works in your favour. With pay slips comes minimum wage, superannuation and other good things. Happy days!