“Working nine to five, what a way to make a living…” Someone sang that years ago, and it still rings true. Office hours are great for travellers because you’ll have your weekends free to explore and your evenings free to “get to know the locals”. It’s the kind of work where you don’t have to get too serious, but it still looks good on your CV.
So, you’ve arrived in Oz but you don’t have a qualification after your name… have you considered admin work? In this field you’ll receive on-the-job training and gain some useful skills and experience along the way.
Job Capital executive Victoria Brown tells us that most office/admin roles don’t necessarily require a degree. “For contract office/admin jobs, experience is always sort after more than qualifications. Someone with a great personality; who can communicate clearly and confidently is a highly desirable candidate,” she says.
The good thing is, there is plenty of work available at the moment, even if you’re after short-term work. There’s everything from data entry jobs to filing clerks, receptionists, PAs, office administrator positions and more.
Victoria says, “There’s always a steady demand for travellers to fill contract and temp assignments.” Signing up with an agency will also help you meet with the right firms across Australia and point you in the right direction, depending on the work you’re after.
And the pay is good too, Victoria explains. “Standard hourly rates range from around $20-$25 per hour. As with any industry, people with more experience are going to be offered the higher rates, which can be from $27-$32 per hour.” Not bad for a day at the office.
The best thing is the experience you’ll gain on your working holiday journey. As Victoria puts it, it’s not just a job, it’s a cultural learning experience.
“There are so many benefits for people who come to Australia to work. They get the chance to earn better money, experience a different culture, expand on their personal and professional networks and gain invaluable working experience that looks great on their CV when they do choose to go back home.”
And if they chose not to go home? Well look no further, “Job Capital’s on-site migration agent can assist with any sponsorship enquiries,” says Victoria. So as long as you meet the criteria set out by the Australian Department of Immigration, there is no reason why you can’t be sponsored.
So, how do you get that valuable foot of yours in the door? “Come prepared with a well written, easy-to-read CV that clearly outlines previous experience and relevant skill set,” says Victoria.
Seriously, what are you waiting for? Stretch those typing fingers, polish that phone voice and get cracking on that CV.
February 6th, 2012