After I published a couple of articles about my work experience in resorts I received a few questions from backpackers asking for advise to find a job in this kind of place. Here's a small QandA with questions you might have yourself regarding work in Australian resorts.
How do can I apply for a job in a resort? Is it easy to get a job there?
You just have to send your CV with a covering letter to the resorts. Usually you can find their email address on their website. Most websites have a “Contact” or “Employment” page. Then you just have to be lucky: either the resort you contacted will need you...or not! You might not receive a reply straight away, it might take weeks or months even! If you don't hear anything from the resort you got in touch after sending your CV, don't hesitate to contact them directly on the phone. Ask if they are looking for people to work or ask directly to speak to their HR person (Human Ressource) who deals with employment.
Should I apply for a specific job?
I think it's better to apply for a specific job, yes. Resorts often look for people in their two biggest department: Housekeeping (laundry, housekeepers, Public area) and Food and Beverage (waiters, barmen) If you're willing to do anything don't hesite to precise it on your letter, you might have a better chance to get a job offer.
Which time of the year is the best to apply for jobs?
It depends in which resort you want to work. You'll probably have more chance to get a job offer during the busy season. In summer the islands on the East coast of Australia are packed with tourists (October-January) so resorts are more likely to employ staff at this time of the year. However for a resort in the centre of Australia like Kings Canyon you will have more luck if you apply in the winter which is the busiest period for them.
Do we get food and accommodation when we work in a resort?
At Kings Canyon and Heron Island around 150 dollars were deducted from our salary every week for food and accommodation, which is not much! Each resort has a canteen with a chef who cooks for staff. We never starve as we get buffets in the mornings, lunch and evenings! Bedrooms however are very basic with a bed, a desk and a closet. You sometimes have to share a room with someone else. Toilets and showers are shared most time.
Are backpackers the only people working in resorts or are there locals leaving there too?
Only employees live at Kings Canyon and Heron island resorts. Half the staff are backpackers coming from all around the world, the other half are Australians who want to work in hospitality or just living a different experience, away from cities.