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Taiwanese advance in ‘Best Jobs in the World’

Staff writer, with CNA

Two Taiwanese women have entered the second round of a campaign to find short-term employees for Australia’s “Best Jobs in the World,” according to the women and Tourism Australia.

Chen Wun-jhen (陳玟臻) and Hsieh Hsin-hsuan (謝昕璇) were being considered for the positions of “Outback Adventurer” and “Wildlife Caretaker” respectively, two of the six “best jobs” on offer.

The purpose of the campaign is to showcase Australia to young travelers.

Chen and Hsieh are among 150 applicants from about three dozen countries to go to the second round.

Hundreds of thousands of people are reported to have applied.

Two applicants from China and Hong Kong have also made it past the first round.

Coming from Hualien County, Chen said growing up on a farm has made her a lover of nature and travel.

“I want to take the chance to promote Australia as well as promote Taiwan,” she said on her Facebook page, which had already gained 100,000 “likes” as of Thursday.

Hsieh, who is from Greater Kaohsiung, touted online her love of outdoor activities — including bungee jumping, water skiing and horse riding.

“I hope I can bring my passion to everyone around me,” she said on her Facebook page.

Each of the applicants who have reached the second round is required to submit a 30-second film online to vie for a spot on a short list of 18 candidates, three for each position, to be decided on May 15.

The finalists will be invited to Australia for a two-week interview next month to determine who will get the jobs.

During their six-month employment starting on Aug. 1, each will receive A$100,000 (US$102,000) in salary and allowances.

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