What kind of job you want will influence how you apply for it. For example if you are looking for temporary office work (the big bucks) you would be better off sending your CV to a few recruitment agencies. If you are looking for bar work you should be dropping off CV's in person or applying through the companies websites. Use Gumtree and Facebook to find regional/construction work and then use recruitment websites like SEEK for teaching jobs. Try a mash up of techniques and you will find yourself working within a few weeks. Some people will apply for a couple of jobs online and think that's enough but tbh 95% of the time it just isn't, especially as a backpacker looking for work.
You wouldn't believe how many small business owners go into hostels looking for workers and that's actually how Jody found one of the jobs that he had in Sydney. Even better, get yourself to a working hostel in regional Oz and they will help find you farm work that will count towards your second year visa - Money and days ticked off, win win!
Don't go in looking like a backpacker.
This one goes without saying really. You wouldn't wear your scruffs to an interview at home so why would you do it while you were travelling? Even if it's a job on a farm at least wear a nice pair of jeans and a good shirt to try and make an impression. As the old saying goes, first impressions do count!
Apply for any certificates or cards you may need when you arrive.
If you are in Australia and the moment and you're looking to get a whitecard, a RSA (Responsible Serving of Alcohol) certificate or a RSG (Responsible Service of Gambling) certificate then you are in luck as Express Online Training are currently offering Alright Blondie readers discounts on their courses to get you started. The great thing is that you can pay after you pass - Meaning if you change your mind (or get a job that doesn't need any certs) it doesn't cost you a thing. Click on the links below to get started!*
RSG Certificate for working in gambling services, $17 AUD (was $49 AUD)
So there you have my 5 tips for getting a backpacker job in Australia? Do you have any other tips or tricks that could come in handy for other backpackers out there?