Clare Wang (王秀毓) from Taiwan has won the wild card vote in The Best Job in the World, a tourism promotion activity by Tourism Queensland. She received a total of 151,676 votes, almost three times more than the second place getter.
Entrants in the contest had to produce a 60-second video explaining why they should get the job. Clare’s slickly produced video can be seen above. In it she emphasizes her communication skills and ability to reach a large audience through her knowledge of both English and Chinese. She finishes by saying she will be “super curious”.
Clare will now fly to Australia to compete with ten others for “the best job in the world”. The final winner gets to spend six months exploring the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and write a blog about their adventures. For that they will get paid a cool AU$150,000.
The voting process was not without controversy. Some people suggested getting on the shortlist was about more than having good communication skills. One woman who missed out on selection accused Tourism Queensland of choosing people who looked good in a bikini. Queenslander Hailey Turner, vying for the job, stripped off to her bikini in Times Square in an attempt to garner more votes. If you watch Clare’s video carefully you might also catch sight of her in a bikini, however I am sure it is her other talents which got her the job.