Job hunt over! for now...

Trip Start Nov 08, 2010
Trip End Jul 20, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Saturday, December 4, 2010

So… I finally have a semi-job! After days of walking around and handing out my resume to any place that was hiring (and I mean ANY place, including Subway...) and applying for jobs online, I finally got a call from an agency that hires out waitstaff for events. They wanted me to come in for a group interview on Dec. 1st.  I had to get my Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate, which involved me going into the city early in the morning for a 6 hour class on alcohol service. This didn’t include learning how to make drinks, but now I’m certified if I find a bartending job. The class was a joke, it dragged on and on and the teacher was silly, so he lost control of the class from the beginning.  At the end, we did a big group exam and everyone passed. There were 40 of us in the class and the teacher said it was so large because now is a good time to get a job in Sydney, but I was thinking "yeah right, all of these jerks are competing for the same jobs I’m applying for!".  

The next morning I had my group interview in the city (by the Opera house, which some are calling the Oprah house because Oprah’s coming next week :)) and it was pouring rain and windy. It took me an hour to find the place and when I finally arrived, they gave me 2 written exams, one for bartending, the other for waiting. I thought for sure they’d figure out I'm a big liar, but they didn’t even look at them. We all had to go into a room with a girl and she had me hold 3 plates at once, then hold a try of empty wine glasses… not rocket science. We all got hired, then they booked me for 10 days this month, starting Friday and Saturday evening shifts.

My Friday shift was at the Sydney Convention Centre in Darling Harbour and it was a cocktail party for about 800 people. I had to meet a whole group of Pinnacle people, then we got changed into something that looks like a prisoner’s jacket (long-sleeved, gray, buttons up to the neck…).  I had to carry a tray with 10 full drinks on it, and as I am probably the weakest person my age I’m aware of, this was not a simple task! I was the person that just walks around smiling (sometimes) like a robot as people take the drinks and leave their empties/garbage on my tray; stupid job. After I carried out 2 trays of drinks and my arms felt like Jell-o, I had to carry out trays of food. It was all quite lame. After the party, we had to set up for a big dinner party in another room.  Here the managers were yelling at all of the workers, acting like setting tables was just too hard for us to figure out. They had us finish early, so I didn’t get paid for my full 5 hours. I believe I get paid around $20/hour during the week and up to $25 on Sundays, so I’ll be looking forward to my first paycheck next Friday.

Yesterday (Saturday) I was to work at the ANZ Olympic Stadium as a retail cashier at one of the many beer stands. They had V8 car races (like Nascar- loud and obnoxious) earlier in the day and a Guns N’ Roses concert in the evening.  I had to take a train there, which is way on the opposite side of Sydney, so it took about an hour to get there.  We had to change into black button-up shirts this time, and when I arrived at my bar, they asked if I had used the registers before. I hadn’t, so instead of teaching me how, they put me on beer-pouring duty. I can’t decide if this was worse than walking around at the cocktail party on Friday, but it was pretty much the worst.  The supervisor was pretty sure he was a master at pouring beer out of this machine that pours 4 at a time, so he had to show me his skills about 7 times… I’m 25, I can figure it out! I did get to hear the concert though, which was a little bit cool.  After my long, wet, smelly, sticky shift of the 4 longest hours of my life, I went to the concert and watched for about half an hour. They sang “sweet child o mine” and “knockin on heaven’s door” while I was down there and it was a pretty entertaining show, which was a bonus of my crappy job. 

I think I’m scheduled to work tomorrow and Tuesday, but don’t know when or where yet.  It has been raining or just really humid every day for the past week and I think it may stay like this for the next week. I’ve been told by a few Australians that it’s the wettest spring/summer they’ve had in a long time… great. I want to go to the beach now that I live close and this weather is makin me mad! It has made me stay indoors with the little screaming monsters far more than I had ever hoped (yes they're STILL living here).

In other news, I’ve been eating really well and I’m quite sure I have probably gained weight since arriving. I made a cheeseburger and salad for myself the other evening and today had French toast and scrambled eggs for breakfast! 

It’s not raining at the moment, so I think I’ll go make some lunch and wander around, which is what I do best! It’s entertaining and I really appreciate how cheap it is :)
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