Only 50 remain in fray for Australia’s dream job

February 27th, 2009 - 12:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Feb 27 (DPA) Fifty fortunate applicants have come a step closer to the dream job of caretaker on a paradise island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Nearly 35,000 people applied for the position with applicants from 200 countries led by 11,565 job seekers from the US, followed by Canada (2,791), Britain (2,262) and Australia (2,064).

“I think we’re safe in saying that this is the most sought-after job in the world,” Queensland state Tourism Minister Desley Boyle told the local media.

Some job seekers had earlier failed to lodge their 60-second video clips because the website crashed under an avalanche of last-minute applications for a post that pays a lot of money for very little work.

The panel will announce the names of the 50 applicants March 3, who will then undergo a series of online psychometric tests, reports the national news agency, Australian Associated Press (AAP).

The selection will be from 11 finalists and the successful applicant will start work July 1.

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