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Keeping A Personal Organiser While Backpacking Around Australia

Keeping A Personal Organiser While Backpacking Around Australia

Organisation and personal management are of key importance when you're backpacking around Australia. A personal ograniser and a small set of stationery will be useful from the start.

You can use it for storing your resume/qualifications and travel itinerary, writing down notes for appointments (addresses, times, dates, phone numbers), keeping contacts (e-mails, blog pages, mobile numbers), carrying maps, writing travel journals etc..

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Photos, Video and Storage - Backpackers Guide

Photos, Video and Storage - Backpackers Guide

When you go to Australia, one piece of equipment you're bound to take with you is your camera. With it you will be showing friends and family back home all the great things you have seen and places you have been to, uploading pictures to your blog or trading them on an instant messenger and over all making a record of your experiences for the days ahead. Saving these moments is priceless, learn how to keep your travel snaps safe!

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Travel Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Travel Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Your passport and visa are the most important documents you have when you're planning a backpacking trip to Australia. Keeping them safe and ensuring that they are valid for the duration of your trip is essential! Learn about travel documents which are essential for backpacking in Australia!

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Important Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Important Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Before you go to Australia, it's going to be helpful to understand the types of documents you will need for backpacking. Learn which documents you will need for backpacking and how to keep them safely when you travel.

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Bank Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Bank Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

If you are opening an Australian bank account you will need to take an up to date bank statement with you. No matter which bank you're opening your account with, you will need a statement to 'activate' your new account when you arrive! Learn about taking a statement with you and why it's important for backpacking in Australia.

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Driving Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Driving Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Driving in Australia can make a backpacking trip really fun. It will give you the freedom to explore in your own time and has some definate advantages for backpackers. This article is about taking your actual driving license and getting an international driving license (I.D.P) if you need one.

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Employment Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Employment Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

To better your chances of getting work in Australia, think about creating/storing some employment documents. A Resume (C.V) with a covering letter and some copies of any qualifications/certificates you may have would make a good impression on a new employer. References from previous employers will also help when you start applying for work (more in a moment).

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia To start working in Australia you're also going to need a Tax File Number, Superannuation Fund and an Australian Bank Account. Also if you're registering with a recruitment agency they will ask to see your passport and possibly some other documents at when you sign up (see section Recruitment Agencies).

Creating your employment portfolio for Australia

An employment portfolio is a collection of your employment documents that you give to a prospective employer when applying for work. To begin with, create your employment portfolio with a resume (C.V) and a cover letter. You will also need to get any qualification/certificates you may have together ready for printing/scanning.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia When you write your resume, if you can, use Microsoft Word and save it in the 2007 format because it's widely used in offices around Australia.

Making a Resume (C.V) and covering letter

A resume is an employment record which you create to present to your future employer when applying for work. It contains a list of all the skills, qualifications and certificates you have. It also has a history of employment since school/college/uni and hopefully some references to back that up. It should also include some information about yourself and what assets you will to bring to the company.

With your resume, you will need to put together a covering letter for when you contact your future employer and introduce yourself to them.

For example, if you were applying by email, your covering letter would be the actual content of the email which you then attach your resume (C.V) to. If you need some help or maybe some new ideas on how to put together a resume/covering letter visit JobAccess for lots of info.

On the JobAccess site you will find lots of help to make a very professional looking resume. They have written about covering letters and they also have free templates for you to download and use. If you have an old resume/cover letter, go through updating it and making sure it's all in order and save it in a safe place.

Printing and storing your employment portfolio

When you're creating backups of your employment portfolio, use as many different methods as possible so your documents will remain accessible and a quick replacements can be made if necessary.

Please note: that although not everybody has qualifications (as mentioned in the Employment In Australia Finding Work - Backpackers Guide article) you might pick some certificates up in Australia which will enable you to do certain types of work.

Backup and copying methods...

  • Making hard copies - Printing out some hard copies to take with you in your personal organiser (see section Personal Organiser).

  • Making Scans - Scanning all your documents and saving them to your flash drive (learn about USB Flash Drives) so it can be plugged into a computer (by admin staff of a recruitment agency for example) and accessed easily.

  • Template e-mail - Forward your cover letter to your e-mail account with the resume and scans of the qualifications/certificates attached. This is very useful indeed and makes applying for jobs take less time. When you apply for a job, just change the contact name/email address of the employer and send it out.

  • Make a copy for your Appointed Person - Save a copy for your Appointed Person to keep safe for you at home. If you ever loose your copies you can get your appointed person to send you new ones.

Making hard copies for your personal organiser

Print out a copy of your cover letter and your resume on to some A4 pieces of paper. You may also need to photocopy/scan and print any qualifications/certificates at the same time (again on to A4) after which they can be put into your Personal Organiser.

When you go to your interview or sign up with a recruitment agency you can take your personal organiser with you and present it to them while you're there to speed up the registration process.

Scanning and saving to your USB flash drive

You can make a new folder on your flash drive called 'My Resume' or something similar. Then copy across your resume and cover letter to that folder.

Once you have done that, you can scan each of your qualifications/certificates to your computer and then save them to your flash drive in the same folder you used for your resume. This can then be a backup which will go on your journey with you (learn more about USB Flash Drives).

Attaching your portfolio to your e-mail

You can save some time applying for work by attaching your protfolio to an email. All you have to do is open up your e-mail account and compose a new letter. In the subject field put your full name followed by 'resume' and who it's for the attention of, so it would look something like this...

Mr. J. Bloggs - Resume, ATT : 'employer name'

Then you can copy and paste your cover letter into the new e-mail (remembering to put the new 'employer name' at the top and 'Regards' with your name at the bottom). Finally, attach your resume and scanned qualifications/certificates to it and save the final e-mail as a draft.

Now when you apply for jobs on the internet, all you have to do is change the name of the employer you're sending your resume to (in your newly made draft) and send it.

Appointed Person's backup copy

It's a good idea to leave a copy with your Appointed Person. Copy the folder you made on your flash drive across to their computer for them to keep safe for you. If you get stuck you can ask them to send a copy to your e-mail for you which can printed out.

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A Backpackers Guide to Trains & Trams in Australia

A Backpackers Guide to Trains & Trams in Australia

If you're going to be driving in Australia it's worth finding out what you will need to get on the road. This article explains how to get started and has some handy tips for backpackers driving in Australia...

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Recruitment Agencies in Australia - Getting Plenty of Work Fast

Recruitment Agencies in Australia - Getting Plenty of Work Fast

One of the best ways to get work while backpacking in Australia is using the recruitment agencies. A recruitment agency is a company that specialises in finding jobs for backpackers in Australia either on a permanent or temporary basis. There are loads of recruitment agencies that can help you get work all over Australia.

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Finding Work - Backpacking Jobs & Employment In Australia

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One of the best ways to get work while backpacking in Australia is using the recruitment agencies. A recruitment agency is a company that specialises in finding jobs for backpackers in Australia either on a permanent or temporary basis. There are loads of recruitment agencies that can help you get work all over Australia.

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Driving Documents for Backpacking

Training Courses For Working in Australia

If you have a driving license and you intend to drive during your trip you will need to take it with you. If you won't be driving in Australia remember it's still a good solid form of identification to take for proof.

A Personal Organiser For Backpacking

Keeping A Personal Organiser While Backpacking Around Australia

Keeping a personal organiser will be very helpful while you're in Australia. You can use it to make managing you trip very easy. Learn how useful a personal organiser is for backpacking in Australia.

Visas for Backpacking Around Australia - Which Visa to choose - How to Apply

There are a number of really good visas available to people from other countries around the world who wish to spend time in Australia. Each visa has a set of criteria for you to meet before a visa is granted.

Money Management Backpacking Australia - Budgeting & Cost of Living

Learn how to set up an Australian Bank Account and transferring your money to Australia, see how to create a financial contingency plan for emergency situations and find some helpful tips on budgeting.

Backpackers Packing Guide/Checklist - What to Take to Australia

Read our helpful backpacking checklist and get lots of hints/tips about what to pack before you go to Australia. Learn about choosing the right backpack, what essentials you will need and how to travel light.

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