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Work in the Whitsundays

Whatever your career goals, there are a opportunities for employment throughout the Whitsundays and neighbouring areas. While they may not have to do with your education or background, jobs in the Whitsundays are usually a lot of fun and happen to be in one of the most beautiful parts of the world! The region comprises 74 islands, the local townships of Airlie Beach and Cannonvale through to Shute Harbour and Proserpine, and with a car, there's easy access to close by mining towns and produce areas such as Bowen.

With resorts, tour operators, charter companies, and all manner of tourism and hospitality related services abounding in this region, most likely those job openings will be from within the tourism or hospitality industries and those with experience or interest in these areas will have most chance of success for mid to long-term employment.

However, if you are lacking experience still wish to be involved in the sailing industry, there are several highly regarded courses that lead to employment in the sailing/tour boat fields, such as a commercial crew certificate, as well as diving courses to solidify your diving skills and take you to the level of dive instructor (a qualification that is always a plus for those wanting work on tour boats). Check here for the chance to get your sailing qualification.

You can also begin by building your resume with valid experience by taking volunteer positions in your dream area. Seek out such volunteer positions by getting out onto the docks and the marinas and introducing yourself in person to tour operators or check out the many restaurants, bars, eateries and cafes and begin networking. Volunteering to do a boat trip as a host not only builds your experience, but gives you the chance to see the Whitsundays and have fun while you work. 

If you take your sailing career seriously, the Whitsundays is the place to gain experience, to build on your skills, and to get a chance at the top jobs. Work efficiently and professionally here and a long sailing career that takes you to luxury locations on luxury boats is very possible, where those with appropriate skills and qualifications such as Coxswain, Master IV or V tickets can find work on the water or under the water with advanced diving certificates and experience.

On the other end of the scale, backpackers and those looking to balance their travelling budget can, if the season is right, find fruit and vegetable picking in Bowen (just a 45 minute drive from Airlie Beach) or cane harvesting and general farm maintenance work in Mackay. Expect harvest seasons for tomatoes to run September to December; for vegetables, May to November; and mangoes, November to December. Cane harvests are brought in June to November, while planting takes place March, April, June, August and September; and cane farm maintenance work is generally available March to May.

If resort living seems a dream come true, then look for employment notices from the island resorts. There are several resort islands in the Whitsundays with varying levels of accommodation and services. Check out job ads for Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Daydream Resort and Spa and Long Island who are often hiring. Chefs, housekeepers/cleaners, and administrative staff are usually required by the resorts as turnaround is seasonal and positions are often filled on a short-term basis. Bonus benefits of resort employment is that employees are often able to live within the resort or at least on the island and the work is usually on shifts. That means you might have mornings off to lie by the pool and work on that tan, with days off spent on the mainland or seeing the rest of the Whitsundays. 

For both short term or long term work, the first requirement is a valid working visa or Australian citizenship, then getting together a great resume to hand out to potential employers. Include a photo of yourself to personalize your application - remember that tourism and hospitality industries are all about creating a friendly, welcoming vision for customers so a photo with a big smile and an approachable demeanour will win you more opportunities.

If tourism or hospitality are not your idea of dream employment, administrative jobs are sometimes available as well as tour sales in the main street. If you're a handyman or know a thing or two about boat engines, you're likely to find work in the maintenance position at the boat  yards or for a boat company.  With the number of boat tours, water sport adventures, and charter boats in the Whitsundays, good quality maintenance crew are always needed.

The Whitsundays is an active, fun and rather wonderful place of employment, where you can not only find amazing work, but you can also enjoy your time off too.

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