Tourism Queensland announced last week that it was seeking applicants for the “Best Job in the World”. Now that’s a rather big claim, but on closer inspection it does seem like a pretty good job – an AU$150,000 (US$106,000) six-month contract to provide weekly blogs and photo diaries from your home on the Great Barrier Reef. Suntan, shades, snorkelling, seafood barbeques; I can see disillusioned people in offices across the freezing cities of Europe reaching as one for their CVs – the biggest mass resume update in the history of HR.
But hang on; can it really be that good? The “Best Job in the World” needs to be not only an escape from the drudgery of day-in, day-out desk life, but also an escape from the processes and policies that go with it. To truly claim the title, surely Tourism Queensland needs to scrap those little annoyances that go hand-in-glove with office life. Self-assessment evaluations, health and safety tutorials, and little-known colleagues requesting sponsorship for charity fun runs, should all be null and void in the “Best Job in the World”.
Also, claiming this title does not take into account all the other great jobs out there. When Four Points by Sheraton appointed its first ever Chief Beer Officer last year, 8,000 applicants reportedly applied (of whom I am guessing 7,999 were male). How about being Fortnum & Mason’s Confectionary Buyer, or Tea Taster for Le Palais des Th