Fresh out of uni? Or, just up for a crazy summer to remember? Well if you, like so many other hopeful 18-25 year olds, fancy a 5-month holiday with sun, sea, sand and er, *sangrias!*, you might find what you are looking for in Ayia Napa – Cyprus’ booming party town. Set close enough to the stunning Nissi beach that you can stroll there nursing a hangover to sunbathe all day, and with more clubs and bars than is sensible, it is one of the most popular party hot spots for the 18-30s market.
What you need to know…
Landing a job
Don’t think about going to Ayia Napa on a lads/girls holiday with the intention of finding a job once you get there – it doesn’t work like that. Every year, hundreds of holidaymakers try their luck at securing a bar or PR job in the middle of summer and it’s just pointless. You won’t be taken seriously so just forget about it and enjoy your holiday!
To land a job, you need to start applying directly to the bars and clubs via email or phone from April. It may seem a bit early in the year but trust me, the party season will kick off in May and if you have not yet secured a job, you will find it near impossible to after the season starts.
If you know of anyone who has worked out there last year, it is wise to ask them for contact numbers and name-drop to get your foot in the door. What you need to remember is that working in a party location is much harder than most people think, which only results in many season workers quitting and flying home, so naturally, employers want to be sure that you have what it takes to stick it out all season.
Competition is fierce
Remember, there is probably 100 people vying for the same job you are going for, so you need to be a bit ruthless when it comes to applying for jobs: if someone you know has applied for a job somewhere, make sure you apply too, and, don’t tell anyone where you apply for jobs – it will only increase the competition. Although working in a party place will help you make tonnes of new friends, don't try to make friends when job hunting. It's dog eat dog out there and everyone is out for their own! Also, if you fail to make the grade in your first job, you will be replaced within hours and will find it hard to land another job, so, before you go, make sure youhave the gift of the gab and excellent bar tending skills!
You need to remember that the ‘gift-of-the-gab’ (ability to sell ice to Eskimos) and appearance count for a lot. Party locations are probably the only locations where looks and personality trump experience and education! Take note: if you are looking for bar work, knowing how to poor drinks and make cocktails will definitely stand you in a good position, but if you don’t have an outgoing personality or TOWIE style looks, then it will be hard to land a job.
Likewise, with PR jobs (selling tickets for clubs), you need to be a hard seller with the ability to get on with holidaymakers. If you don’t have a likeable personality then you need to be HOT, if you aren't blessed with either, then forget it.
Do not be deceived. Just because you went there on holiday last year and had a wicked time, does not mean that working there will be anything near to that experience. Yes, you will essentially party all night and tan all day, but the hours are grueling: you are working in high temperatures and you won’t get a day off – all summer! As soon as you complain about your ‘workers’ rights’ and request a day off, you will be replaced within seconds by another eagerly awaiting and enthusiastic hopeful. I would stress – if you do not have the stamina to work every day, stay up late and be enthusiastic all the time, then don’t waste your time – working in Ayia Napa would not be for you.
Go big or go home!
If this is your first and last summer of complete craziness before settling into the real working world – make it worth it! Too many times, you see workers taking it too seriously, not venturing to the beach or visiting the many other sites because they want to catch up on sleep! You can sleep on the flight home once the season is over! Whilst you are there – enjoy it.
Go wild, party all night, drink the place dry, top up your tan on the famous nissi beach and make lifelong friends!!