Hap’s Visual CV for the Best Job in the World

20 Jan

The following is what I call my “visual CV”. The following photos, in chronological order depict me over the past 6 years of my journey, utilising skills and having experiences that have moulded me to be the ideal candidate for “the best job in the world”.  Here it goes.

My first stop, being an English teacher in Korea


Becoming a seafood connoisseur with my Taekwondo Masters, Korean style (live octopus)


Spain, crewing my employer’s boat from France to Spain


Brazil, rising early to make the most of the picturesque sunrises and exploring the vast Pantanal by horse back




Hap the Assistant Marketing Manager – Finally using my Marketing and Management degree in the States


Taming the wild waters of the Rocky Mountains


The Fudge Packer making toffee apples under the watchful eyes of tourists’ video cameras while doing a snowboard season in Banff, Canada


Sleeping in a car, bathing in the local river and eating at soup kitchens with a my good mate Barney until we could find jobs in Alberta, Canada


2 months of sleeping in the car paid off, I gained employment in the Canadian Oil and Gas industry, I was finally a “rig pig”


Having my visa denied in Canada, decided to go to Mexico, live on the beach and learn to surf


Volunteered for 2 months at an orphanage on the Mexican/Guatemala border


Getting dreadlocks in Denver Colorado, making me the ideal looking island caretaker


Trekking in the jungle of South America’s “most dangerous” country, Colombia


After having some visa troubles in the US and being kindly put up at Atlanta City Prision and deported the next morning, I found myself back in New Zealand trying to find a legal way back into the US where my girlfriend Mandy was living. A trip I won’t forget- falling 5 metres from a rope swing, impacting on my upper spine, losing vision temporarily (someone reiterating to me to make the most of this life, and things happen for a reason).  Without falling off that rope swing, I wouldn’t have had the 3 months of doctor ordered rest and relaxation in which I spent creating my blog.



Getting scuba certified with girlfriend Mandy in Indonesia and falling in love with life underwater


The year just been has seen me working as a geologists field assistant, exploring the northwestern Australian Outback in search of manganese (a black mineral used in the production of steel). This involves sleeping out under the stars, cooking on camp fires, all whilst being surrounded by the unique Australian Outback flora and fauna that I have grown to love.


Following my passion to learn to sail, I started going to a local sailing club here in Perth, Australia so I could get some experience. I know at some point in the remaining 3 years of my journey I will crew a yatch on a long voyage.


To read a newspaper article I wrote on trying to get a job in the Australian Mining Industry, click here

To read an article written about me and my goal, click here.

To listen to me being interviewed about my goal on ABC radio, click below.


To see me in action giving a motivational speech to a crowd of 500 at a College graduation, click on the video below.

(to see part 2 of the speech, go to my public speaking page).

If you want to see further articles and hear radio interviews, there are a couple more under the public speaking page above.

Thank you for your time, have a great day. Hap



7 Responses to “Hap’s Visual CV for the Best Job in the World”

  1. John February 2, 2009 at 11:41 am #

    I have looked at your application for the best job in the world (actually its the second best best; Ive got the best). If I was on the selection panel (which I’m not) you would piss in. A great application. Well done. Best of luck.

    Uncle John

    • Hap February 4, 2009 at 9:51 am #

      Thanks Uncle John, pity you’re not on the panel. Hope all good out east.

  2. bestjobintheworld February 4, 2009 at 4:45 am #

    Hello Hap.

    Great application! You get my vote.

    You should join this group of applicants. http://islandreefjob.ning.com

    Cheers. jeff

    • Hap February 4, 2009 at 9:49 am #

      Cheers Jeff mate

  3. Sandy Harvey February 16, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    You are a shoe in Hap fantastic application the job is made for you. Without sounding too blond how the hell do I vote I have looked and looked but unsure where so please a quick note to show and tell please.

  4. Cheryl February 19, 2009 at 3:36 am #

    You’re awesome! Found you looking up info on the best job in the world! I’ve been trying to apply and its been telling me it can’t create a directory for it! Ahhh.. but anywho’s you’re my dream… How’d you get started and the guts to do what you’re doing and now worrying about making sure you have a “real” job. I came from a marketing/PR/Media background too. Alright best of luck in everything. I’ll be reading your blog now 🙂

    • Hap February 19, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

      Cheers Cheryl, thanks for the that.

      I didn’t really think about it too much, just did it. Things always fall into place, i beleive if you make a decision to do something, life just falls in place around it. As for a real job, that will happen, Just keep enjoying life and a path in the journey will be crossed.

      I hope you get the opportunity to submit your video application for the best job in the world, only 3 more days. Good luck.


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