Finding Work in Australia for a Working Holiday can be difficult.
Imagine quitting your job, packing up your belongings and moving halfway across the world to work and travel for a year. Now imagine yourself embarking on said life-changing journey, without an inkling of how to find work or a place to live – that pretty much sums up what most working holidays are like!
For some, finding work in Australia can seem like a daunting task. I however, felt particularly confident when I left for Australia, thinking that I had a few years of work experience behind me, which would essentially put me ahead of the other holiday-workers. Unfortunately, a couple weeks after settling in Australia, the task turned out to be particularly overwhelming. I had spent a fair amount of time scouring newspaper clippings and hostel job boards, but still couldn’t find something suitable. Though there’s nothing wrong with fruit picking, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it – I needed to go back to Canada with something meaningful on my resume in order to continue to build the career that I had already started. Finally, a close friend referred me to a temporary recruitment agency, which led me to my first assignment within four days of calling them. Temporary work assignments surprisingly provided me with long-lasting competencies and qualities that I otherwise wouldn’t have acquired, such as a new level of confidence, adaptability, people skills, and most importantly, how to make a lasting (and positive) impression on your boss after only one day of work – because sometimes, one day is all you have!
Here are five temporary recruitment agencies located in New South Wales that helped me find work:
Recruitment Edge (my favourite):
“At Recruitment Edge we provide Commercial, Professional and Industrial staffing solutions (both temporary and permanent) across a broad range of industry sectors. We are committed to finding the right person for the job – FAST.” – Recruitment Edge
“Experienced and sought after professionals work with us because we are dedicated to providing them with rewarding employment opportunities and guidance through every stage of their careers. Hiring managers and business owners work with us because they know we can connect them to the very best people to will drive their business growth.” – Robert Half
“Metier is an Australian-owned recruitment agency specialising in Office Support. We like the idea that trust should be earned through experience (and, of course, some pretty incredible results). We believe in keeping promises and pleasantly surprising our clients. We may be just a little idealistic. We still believe in boring old words like “integrity”, “credibility” and “accountability”.” – Metier Recruitment
“Hudson is a leading global recruitment specialist with a proven track record in the Australian market. As an international recruitment specialist we understand the complexities and challenges of recruiting, hiring and developing employees in a global economy.” – Hudson
“We are the experts in recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people across a wide range of specialised industries and professions. We operate across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.” – Hays
Depending on where you land in Australia, there will be various recruitment agencies to assist. I spent my first couple of weeks doing a combination of one and two-day assignments – something I had never done before because I had never worked as a temp. Eventually, I was placed in a lengthy assignment, which gave me the experience and steady income that I needed.
Finding a job on a working holiday is tougher than it seems, but if you persevere, you’ll find what you’re looking for!
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