50 Candidates shortlisted for Best Job

March 3rd, 2009 - 12:27 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

50 candidates have been shortlisted from 22 countries has been selected
for ‘the best job in the world’ - being well paid to spend six months
on a tropical Australian island, organisers said on Tuesday.

Ranging from dancers to scientists, chefs and students, the
candidates are from countries including the United States, Britain,
Russia, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore,
Malaysia, Taiwan and Kenya. The candidates were selected among a total
of 34,684 applicants from some 200 countries hoping to become
‘caretaker’ of Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef in a tourism
promotion run by the Queensland state government.

The job pays A$150,000 for six months as well as including the free
airfares from the successful candidate’s home country to the island of
white sand. The winner will be expected to have as much fun like
swimming, snorkeling, sailing.

Candidates had to submit a video application in English of up to
one minute explaining why they are uniquely qualified for the post.

Top 50 will be narrowed down to a final 11, 10 of whom will be chosen
by Tourism Queensland with an 11th ‘wild card’ applicant chosen by
popular vote. They will be flown to Hamilton Island in early May to
take part in the final selection process with the successful candidate
announced on May 6.

The campaign is a key element in a drive to promote the
northeastern Australian state’s A$18 billion a year tourism industry
during the tough global economic climate.

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