You will know when you find an Aussie pub, there is no mistaking the wide verandah and cheery atmosphere of a local pub. The great thing about these places in small towns is that they really are the centre of the town. Want a job? Forget about looking for an employment agency- head straight to the pub! You will find out where, who and when someone needs a hand for fruit picking, an off-sider, and if your timing is right and you’re a people person, you might be over the counter pouring a cold one for the locals in no time.
It’s simple. You’re travelling, you need money- diving in the great barrier reef is not cheap!If your money is getting low, you should definitely think about heading to the pubs to find work. If you are in the outback, Paul assures me there are few better feelings on earth than cracking open a cold beer at the local watering hole to wash away the taste of red dust! What’s more, you could keep your smile for time to come with some money in your pocket or a lead to the next source of money!
There’s a few things you should have in order when you are doing your travelling and working. It is basic but I am surprised how few backpackers are actually prepared for work yet they all want it! You should have a copy of your resume- in English! Unlike some parts of Europe, Aussies don’t care where or what you studied. If you want to work in hospitality, or any other job, they want to know your experience. This is the most important. They also want to see that you have a personality and can think on your feet, so be prepared that when you drop in your resume, any question they are asking, could in fact be your interview for the job! Pubs and hospitality jobs don’t usually advertise in papers- the best way to find a job is setting off on foot through the town, resumes in hand and a can-do attitude.
If you are interested in pouring a beer, or serving alcohol, there are some things which most states insist you have. We all know Aussies love a beer (or two, or more…). As a result, most bar staff are expected to have a licence, known as RSA- responsible service of alcohol. Having this certificate, rather than finding out about a job then trying to book in a course so you can get on the other side of the bar may mean the difference between you and the next person who walks in the door… These courses are regularly available and don’t take long to complete. Check out http://www.edway.edu.au/ for further details.
Working in an Aussie pub is a great experience. You will quickly learn the culture, know of plenty great travel destinations not listed in Lonely Planet and meet characters that you will remember for the rest of your life! It gives you a great exposure to the local culture that you just would not get in most other jobs. Country pubs are just the coolest to go to if you ask me. There is always friendly banter between everyone and the place comes alive each night in a setting that you just don’t get anywhere else in the world. Having good minimum wage standards set by laws and the added bonus of a few tips here and there, you will find yourself with some decent money while having fun with the locals. And set for your trip of a lifetime to the great barrier reef!