WT simplifies the process of getting the right kind of work booked up in the places you are travelling to.
But it doesn’t just happen. We are not instagram, you are expecting a lot more from us than posting some pics out there on the web for you. You want us to get the right kind of work booked up for you in the countries you will be travelling to. We can do that no problem… we just need you to do your bit as well.
Completely fill in all the sections in your profile
- We can’t stress this enough. Make sure you fill in all the sections in your profile and make sure it sells you well and is correctly spelt etc.
- Make sure you add in your ‘where and when’ so hosts can find you in the Work Search. The best changes of getting work is when a host contacts you, not you contact them. They are only interested in travellers who are coming their way. They are tired of travellers saying they will come and then say they are not coming to that part of the world. So when they see you have their country mapped out… on your travel map – it gives them that warm fuzzy feeling that you really will be coming you way and and when they see you have the skills they need, expect an invite to work for them.
Collect existing case studies, aka visual record of your work
- You if don’t have any references yet, this does not stop you from adding pictures of work you have done up to now to your profile.
- Add in as many galleries as you can of work you have done, showing you at work, as a team player, doing the skills you say you can do.
- Then, you can add the galleries to your full CV and mention “see gallery X below for pics of when I was working here”. This adds credibility to your profile before you get your all important references and hopefully, high scores.
Check where the work is available
- Depending on what your plans are and how much of your trip is travel-oriented, you can take a look at what work is available in different parts of the world before planning your itinerary. If China needs English-speaking waiters and no one is looking for one in London, then maybe plan to stay longer in China.
- Plan your route and keep yourself open to opportunities wherever they appear, if the work side of your trip is more more important. If you are definitely not free at any time, let the hosts know in your where and when section.
Use the Work Search and contact Hosts
- This is the power of the Work Search section in Working Traveller kicks in.
- Type in the skills you’ve got to offer, the skills you have added appear in the search box for you to select and see what hosts appear that have work requirement for your skills.
- Select the countries you are travelling to. The hosts that appear, if they look appealing and have good references, send them a work request.
- Once you have sent work requests to all the hosts who have work advertised (that suit your skills), you just wait and see who replied.
- Makes sure you keep all correspondence within the WT message system, as if there are any disputes later on, you’ll have a record of what was agreed upon.
- You’ve decided which host(s) you want to work for and when and sent them a work request. Now all you need to do is wait for them to get back to you. Check your email for notifications and the web site to show when hosts have replied.
- Don’t worry if you sent out 100 work requests, if you get 10 work offers come back to you, that’s fine, its like the real world, you only confirm the one you really want to do and let the others know you will not not be available. Once you confirm you need to makes usre you turn up or will end up with a lot of thumbs down on your profile.
- Only confirm one work placement for one point in time. The work placement is the confirmed work agreement, so before initiating a work placement with another host for work during the same period, finalize whether you’ll be going to the first work placement.
- Have a look at what barter points they are offering and check on their county page in the Work Wiki to see what one barter point is worth in their area.
- The barter points you show in your profile are just a guideline and you can negotiate whatever deal you want with a host. Just make sure you are both clear.
- Remember, you will be able to negotiate a better deal with each host once you have several good references against your name, so maybe book up the first three or four work placements before you leave and when you have your references, you can book up more well paid work if your skills are in high demand.
Walk the Talk
- You have the work booked, you are all set to live the dream. When you arrive, dig in and do you best. As you know if you get a bad reference on your first bit of work, you risk not getting the future job that you want. Get a 10 out of 10 and you know you will get more work that you want on your trip, when you want it.
- Turn up on time, work hard, and listen to the boss. Get the work done and do what the host is looking for so you can earn a 10 on your review.
- Give a little more than required. Really care about the work you do and help everyone around you.
Keep your profile up to date
- Take pictures and, if you can, make a small video of what you have been doing. There is nothing better than your host telling the camera what good work you have done, with you in the shot in front of the project you have just finished.
- Tell the story in your pictures and videos. Add them to a new gallery and name it “Tree house build in Nepal” or something appropriate, so others can see what you’ve done and what it was like.
- Make sure you take the ‘Digital Signature’ picture of you and your host making the WT sign with your hands. This proves 100% you were there and your reference is real. And we might just feature you right here on the site or on the Working Traveller Instagram.
- When your references come through, add a new gallery to your reference page. This lets hosts who find your profile see your references alongside your pictures and video. If they like what they see, you will have a work placement request in your inbox.
Build your references and raise your barter points.
- The more references you get and the higher the rating , the more attractive you’ll become to hosts – at the same time raising your value to them.
- Negotiate and get what you are worth. Raise your barter points to show hosts you don’t come cheap and keep your references moving forward with an eye on getting a job when you return home.
- You are back home and you want to get a job using the skills you have learnt or improved on whilst on your travels.
- When sending out your CV to potential employers, send them a link to your WT profile so they can see all your reviews.
- This shows your potential employer several things. You have many good references for the work you have done. It shows you can do the work you say you can do, and it shows you had the brains to get all that work booked up whilst travelling around the world.