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Global rush for 'best job in world' crashes website

Global rush for 'best job in world' crashes website

Huge global interest in "the best job in the world" - earning good money for lazing on a paradise island - has crashed the Australian website where it is advertised, officials said yesterday.
"We've been inundated, with around 300,000 people visiting the site yesterday," said a spokeswoman for the Queensland state government, which is offering the six-month post of "island caretaker."
"The website crashed - in one hour alone 25,000 people were trying to visit - but we're working on it and it should be up and running again later today," Nicole McNaughton said.
The job pays 150,000 Australian dollars (about US$100,000) and includes free airfares from the successful candidate's home country to tropical Hamilton Island on the famed Great Barrier Reef.
In return, the winner will be expected to have as much fun as he or she can - soaking up the sun, swimming, snorkelling, sailing - and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates. The successful candidate - who will stay rent-free in a multi-million-dollar three-bedroom beach home - must be over 18, a "fantastic and charismatic" communicator, and able to speak and write English.
The campaign is a key element in a drive to promote the northeastern Australian state's tourism industry during the tough global economic climate, officials say.
Given the enormous response, the economic downturn has also played a part in turning the advertisement into a dream for hundreds of thousands of people facing a daily media dose of doom, gloom and job losses.
"We've had visitors (to the website) from as far and wide as Mongolia and Vatican City" since the job was first widely publicised on Tuesday, McNaughton said.
The freezing northern hemisphere winter may also be a prodding some into action.
More than 350 applications had been submitted before the website crashed - from Britain, the United States, Croatia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Canada, Netherlands and Portugal among other countries.
Candidates are required to create a video application in English of up to one minute explaining why they are uniquely qualified for the job. Applications are open until Feb. 22.


Updated : 2021-04-13 11:25 GMT+08:00