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casual employment advice please
Posted November 15th, 2012 - 3:52 am by from Auckland, New Zealand (Permalink)
basically im planning on heading over to melbourne in january and im keen to know what the odds are of getting a 40hr a week kinda a job
ive done bartending and labouring and driven a van. and i guess i would probably look for these kinda jobs over there. so yea im after any advice on any type of casual employment.
theres a lot of myths about work in australia in nz at the moment and im keen to suss out the fact from fiction,
im keen to save enough money to see australia but not be so tight ass i miss out on enjoying melbourne too
what do yous reakon!

Posted November 16th, 2012 - 9:41 pm by from Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria (Permalink)
Hey Nathan, hope my reply doesn't come too late.

There are always bar jobs somewhere around Melbourne, and having experience helps, while in my experience, most casual jobs seem to start with only a few shifts a week but people always leave jobs, more hours get available etc... of course, some places try to keep their staff numbers high, in case people leave out of the blue, what usually sucks, because everyone is crying for hours, and mgmt still keeps hiring new people... same game everywhere. If you have driving experience, that's a big big plus! There are quiet a few moving companies that are always looking for experienced drivers, and it pays more too! In regards to Melbourne, people will tell you different things, some say there aren't any jobs, so many struggle to just make the rent, while others tell you the whole opposite that everyone seems to be hiring. The first year I was hear I survived with medical trials, and the occasional casual laboring for moving companies, a cleaning company etc.. Then I left for Tasmania where I picked apples for a few month, to get my 2nd year visa, came back to Melbourne, but this time with a different motivation. Landed a fun temp job at first, as I finished that I found a job as receptionist, started with two days a week, then four, told my managers that I might look for a 2nd job to get more hours, and lucky as I was the same time one just told mgmt she would be leaving, and the other planned a longer vacation.. so I basically got there hours and work six days a week till the end of my 6month term with that job.. There are quiet a few agencies you can try, like I was with Premium People, and they got me a few shorter jobs, while they would have had much more if I had a drivers license. So, you can find jobs in Melbourne, but you have to stay motivated and focused to look for them, and I guess you have to put some time and effort into each application. If you want it a little easier, try some towns in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.. and rural Australia in general, that's where most of the jobs are, like getting hired on the spot because there just aren't enough people. And the living costs are lower too, Melbourne and Sydney too can drain your wallet...

Good luck! : )


Posted November 20th, 2012 - 10:18 am by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
Hey Marco;

Thanks for info, can you give us some examples about the towns. I've just arrived so I do not have any idea about it. Cheers.

Posted November 24th, 2012 - 1:26 am by from Auckland, New Zealand (Permalink)
cheers marco
im always amazed at how awesome people are in these forums.
i guess the towns feel risky because if you go all the way there and then find the jobs are all full it would suck especially if you went all the way to WA or NT
cool bro, feeling more confident about things now