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Wanna Work in Queenstown?

Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor
Queenstown. Pic: Adam & Tess

I know I do and if I had jobs to offer then I'd gladly hand them out.  Looking for work in Queenstown right now is like looking for an ice tray atop a snow capped mountain.

Although winter has just kicked which means it is officially no longer a shoulder season, the QT locals are scared to employ extra staff in case no holiday makers show up to their resort town to spend money during the recession. Backpackers are searching day in day out for any job and the reality is there is nothing yet (at time of writing this). “It'll pick up, it'll pick up later in the month” everyone assures me as they assure themselves that tourists will actually come to QT this winter. The locals are as hopeful as the backpackers that things will pick up.

Hospitality jobs are scarce and anything outside of that industry is nonexistent. The local newspapers are fully staffed or overstaffed and aren't looking for any journalists or advertising gurus. I know this for a fact because they didn't turn me down on the basis of my 'questionable' blog because I didn't tell them about it and quite frankly, I rock when it comes to music journalism.

Which brings me to my next point. For a resort town it's rather lacking in the music scene. Sure there are rumours The Prodigy will be playing QT in a couple of months but what until then? Nothing. Snowboarders love punk and rock music and stuff that gets their adrenaline pumping but once they come down the mountain they have nothing but predictable pub hits night after night.

There was a busker on the street in QT town center the other day and he was really bad but he had a bit of cash in his guitar case, what looked enough for a nights accommodation in a backpackers. He had the right idea, if you can't find work then be your own boss and work the hours and venue you want and answer to nobody.

The notice boards in the backpacker hostels around QT are rather bare on the job front but full of notices from travellers trying to sell their dodgy cars. Backpacker resorts are at half-full capacity (of half-empty if you see it that way) while they charge the more expensive winter rate. 

Waiting a couple of weeks isn't on the cards for this intrepid traveller so I'm glad I brought by laptop and tent because as the money runs out with but a trickle coming in every so often, seems I might become the rival town busker after I pawn my computer for a guitar. Do they accept handwritten blog posts? I hope so. Anyone wanna hear some old Metallica? Well, too bad, here's Wherever I May Roam.

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