150 people from 35 countries have made it through to the next stage of Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition, with successful candidates submitting video entries from as far afield as Afghanistan, China, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia and Mexico.
Entries have proved extremely diverse and creative, including one Taste Master applicant ‘singing for his supper’, a spoof ‘007’ assignment for the Park Ranger role and a candidate for the Chief Funster delivering his entire application in rap.
The United States has provided the highest number of short-listed candidates (33) followed by the UK (23), Australia (17), France (17), Canada (8) and Italy (5).
The best 25 video clips for each of the six jobs were selected from more than 45,000 videos that were submitted; with the 150 short-listed candidates now having two weeks to submit references to support their application.
Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy said it had been an extremely difficult task, sifting through tens of thousands of videos to select the best 150.
All 150 short-listed videos can be viewed at www.australia.com/bestjobs
Based on their original video submission and supporting references, judges will select the 18 strongest candidates (three for each of the six jobs), who will be invited to a final assessment in Australia in mid-June, with the six successful job candidates announced on 21 June 2013.The six ‘best jobs’ are: Wildlife Caretaker (South Australia), Chief Funster (New South Wales), Park Ranger (Queensland), Taste Master (Western Australia), Outback Adventurer (Northern Territory) and Lifestyle Photographer (Melbourne, Victoria).