Asking for a friend who's looking for work and is here on a working holiday visa

Hey all, got a friend I knew since we were in diapers crashing with me at the moment and is trying to find a job. Been applying in-store (even did trials) and online but got nothing so far. She's got 1 whole month of an experience helping out in her aunt's seafood restaurant as the sole waitress. Half a year in McDonald's grill section and another half a year as a retail assistant. Anybody got any recommendations/places she can look into?

I've been trying my best to help out but she's getting discouraged so I'm hoping someone here more knowledgeable in the area can help?

Cheers

Edit: located in Melbourne

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    Hi drumroll, is that all the experience she’s had since you and her have been in diapers?

    Has she specialised in anything or have any particular skills/hobbies she likes? Might just be that her resume and approach to the interviewing process needs a review.

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      Unfortunately yes- she only started working when she left home and started uni overseas in her home town.

      Unfortunately not, I've tried my best with her resume and Well- for interview there wasn't much of an interview, mainly 'trials' that she said went alright but that's it. Told her to act eager to help/please and her response to me was if I could act I'd be an actor. Oof

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        Might also be an attitude thing if that’s her response to you. If you’d like to PM me (your inbox is disabled), I can assist further :)

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          Oh dang why is my inbox disabled, I'll try to fix that but I'll on you first thanks a bunch!

          And unfortunately she's a bit dry, I've taken her out to restaurants and she says she's surprised people here are so chatty. So waitering might not be an option, she now prefers working in the back rather than front of house

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        Told her to act eager to help/please and her response to me was if I could act I'd be an actor. Oof

        Wtf. You are helping them out so they need to kick that attitude.

        FOH jobs are what a lot of the WHV jobs are…

        What did she study ?

        You mentioned she didn’t put down much availability. Why? What else is she doing ?

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          Wtf. You are helping them out so they need to kick that attitude.

          I've tried telling her to improve her attitude as well but she goes on the spiel of personalities. I told her I dislike her attitude but not her as a person and she says the attitude is her etc ugh haha…

          Exactly- she wanted FOH in the beginning but got discouraged at how 'chatty' you have to be

          She's in her gap year- biology.

          Said wasn't interested in doing night shifts although I've mentioned that's what a lot of employers are interested in usually. She's not doing much and she already stays up late.

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    It's hard on a WHV because you're limited to six months with any one employer.

    I think this puts employers off as in six months they'd need to find someone new.

    You can get exceptions to the six month rule but it requires employer support.

    All-in-all is just easier to hire someone who doesn't have this limitation.

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    *nappies

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    How good is your friend's English and are they fit?

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    Tell her to send her resume to HR agencies. They take WHV workers for warehouses (Telstra, Foxtel, pharmaceutical,..) Easy job and big turnover. If you are in Sydney I can PM you contacts.

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    McDonalds again

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      Yep, although sadly I think she put her availabilities too little, have had her apply again but with longer availabilities now

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    When I was at Uni you, many years ago, could get good money for doing stock talking work. It is pretty tedious but not that onerous. I don’t have any contacts now, you would need to Google, but it is usually done outside hours leaving the days free. Just a thought.

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      Talking to stock would be pretty onerous.

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        "what is the deal with emojis?"

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        Actually stock normally say baah, Moo, etc. Arghhh, typing on my mini Ipad, first thing in the morning with smeared glasses. Obvious "stock taking"

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      I think stock talking is called pump and dump/boiler room now.

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      Thanks that's something I haven't mentioned yet to her cheers

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        RE: stock-take.

        I know our local Officeworks hires people JUST for their stock-take. Only a day or two, but it's still $$$.

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          The guys we went with were a hire firm for stock taking; you had to ring them at a pre set time, to see if there were any places available, and then they would send you to the stocktake place and tell you what you had to do. For the amount of hours worked the pay was pretty good; particularly when I was an impoverished student. However, it was very much a casual arrangement - you had to be available when they wanted you, they didn't guarantee how much work they would give you and you had to make your own way to the stocktake place.

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    Was on this myself at one stage. Befriend recruitment agencies. Lots of them

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    Pizzahut, lol they use alot of backpackers.

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    Fruit picking then selling a fruit picking horror story to the newspapers. Au pair if you're connected.

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      I remember they're not treated well and she's unfortunately not fit. I've seen some au pair posts but she doesn't want it

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    You don't mention your location but try areas where backpackers frequent as businesses near there tend to know the score with the WHV. I've had mates work in cafes, bars, call centres, backpacker hostels, cleaning companies, etc, all on the WHV visa.

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    Massage parlour.

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    Where are you located? How’s her English?

    She should drop her resume into cafes and bars in popular touristy/backpacker areas.

    Even hostels sometimes have bars /front desk/ cleaning jobs.

    She should do a RSA if she doesn’t have it will help a lot.

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    Here's a something something I heard in the grapevines…. Call centre jobs for well spoken english WHVs are in abundance. Tell her to look it up. You have to be a bit shameless on the phone (like basically calling up old people to ask for donations, but word is getting them to open their wallet is actually fairly easy).

    The other is less known jobs - those that maybe the average people don't know much about. The bank royal commission for example has created loads to temp jobs for those with WHVs and you can get similar roles in other industries. Specialist recruiters from Robert Half, etc do exist that focus on this market, so she should speak to them.

    Temp nursing is also possible, though this is not for the faint-hearted.

    Lastly, i'd suggest looking off the beaten path - don't go to the cafes everyone is frequenting. Go to the quaint bakeries, bars, restaurants, or any other customer facing business somewhere. You can walk up and ask and some of them would likely have the owners / manager around that can give some feedback/guide/indication on available roles.

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