Don’t you just hate misleading titles to entice you to read articles? This is one of them (kind of). But wait don’t leave yet! Within two days of being in Queenstown, I had a job secured – this is true. Admittedly, the job finding process started with one job application just before I arrived in Queenstown. But if you are one of those guys in the struggle to get a job in Queenstown, try these tips in your job search.
As the central hub for partying and snowsports in New Zealand, everyone with a desire to hurtle down a snowy mountain wants to be here between June and October. Sounds like fun until you realise you have to fund this life.
For a week now I have been a hostel dweller in Queenstown. Talking to fellow hostel dwellers, I have realised that finding a job in Queenstown right now – just before winter kicks off – is tougher than eating a leather boot. By collecting a few job success and failure stories, there has been a pattern emerging of what works quickly when finding a job in Queenstown for the winter season.
The impression of New Zealand and Kiwi’s is that they like face-to-face contact. They’re friendly people – they like to have a chat. So walking into a bar or restaurant with the friendly aura of a dream hospitality worker and CV/resume in hand should seem like the perfect thing, right? So imagine my surprise when I was met with an English bloke saying: “We only accept online applications.” Yep, the café I went to next said the same thing. Clearly many people had been before at the next place because they were too bombarded with CVs to accept any more – I even heard smug giggles as I left at what I can only assume was the hilarity of yet another loser trying to get a job.
All is not lost
No bother! I had a job interview lined up that day anyway because nine days before, while I was sat in Base Hostel in Taupo praising the Lord that I had finally got access to WiFi, I applied for a kitchenhand job on the day it was listed. With a cover letter and CV tailored to the role, I was invited to an interview for when I arrived in Queenstown.
The next day I attended a trial, and bish-bash-bosh, job accomplished. It’s probably hard to get a kitchenhand job wrong, but I still felt triumphant. Within two days of being in Queenstown I had landed myself a job with fulltime hours for the winter season – just what I needed. A guy I was also trialling with had applied for jobs online also, and he had another trial that same day because he was favouring the online applications over the face-to-face application. Good for him.
After a long-winded story, here are some tips on how to get a winter job:
- Search for jobs on TradeMe and Lakes Weekly Bulletin.
- Got a spare moment while travelling to Queenstown? Check online job listings and apply to avoid the days of waiting, wondering and crying that occur if you start applying in town.
- Apply for jobs that are newly listed – they get snatched up quickly.
- A short (half a page cover letter) tailored to the job description and to sell yourself is always a plus, if not essential.
- Make your most relevant experience on you CV stand out.
- You have a working visa, right?
- Stay positive 😉
You thought getting a job was challenging? Try getting a room to rent for the winter season… I will keep you updated on that old chestnut, if I manage to keep myself off the street.