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Hi All

I am doing my degree in Garden Design and wish to work for someone when I go to Oz, but how do I make potential employers aware of me.

Have registered on SEEK but most jobs say 'MUST BE ELIGABLE OF LIVING AND WORKING IN OZ', I need to get a job preety much either before I go, or when I arrive. I would prefer if someone could sponsor me but we all can hope.

Any help or advice would be fantastic.

Thanks ken

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Comment by Nadine Myers on November 24, 2010 at 11:48
Sounds great, Ken. Be sure to include these types of achievements on your CV, and since a lot of your experience is as Blacksmith - try and tailor your CV so that it is focused around your gardening experience.

Good luck!
Comment by Le Loup on November 23, 2010 at 20:05
I think if it were me I would be picking a town/city I would like to work in and google an online phone book. Look up the various businesses. get their address and mail them your resume with a letter of introduction.
Best I can come up with at present.
Regards.
Comment by ken fanner on November 23, 2010 at 17:30
Hi Nadine

Many thanks for that....yes I have experience and am at the moment designing a show garden for on of the RHS shows here in the uk for next year.

As well as that I am an awarded Blacksmith for the past 20 years, this is what I would love to teach in Oz, but would work up to this via my forth coming degree in horticulture i.e work in garden design industry and then in to teaching either horticulure or smithing.

Many thanks again

Ken
Comment by Nadine Myers on November 23, 2010 at 11:17
Hi Ken,

Do you have any experience in your field, or will you only have the qualifications? If you have experience, you are more likely to find a sponsor. You will find this site useful for finding employer sponsorship: www.SponsorshipAustralia.net.

If you have had experience, a portfolio is a great way to showcase your work and you can put the web address on your CV and LinkedIn profile.This is something we can assist you with, or direct you, if you require it.

If you are not already on LinkedIn, you need to be. If you're new to LinkedIn, you can pick up a free copy of our LinkedIn Strategy for Job Search when you sign up to the Sponsorship Australia site. This strategy will help you to use LinkedIn to your advantage in your job search.

However, since not all potential employers will be on LinkedIn, you can try searching for potential companies on online business directories, such as Yellow Pages, and apply directly. I know one landscape gardener from the UK who had two offers of employer sponsorship using this method.

You must ensure that your CV is competitive for Australia though, otherwise your applications may not be seriously considered. You can do a free assessment of your CV here to find out if you're doing anything wrong on your CV: http://nabthatjob.com/ismycvcompetitive.htm

A note on SEEK - even though some adverts say that you must be eligible to live and work in Australia, some employers will still look at your application if your CV exceeds their expectations (again, check the free CV assessment tool), and if you contact them about a week after their advert to ask them how their search has been and if they would consider sponsoring someone with the right skills. I've done this on behalf of clients before and they have advised that they will consider sponsorship (even if their advert did not say so). It won't always be the case, but it is worth trying for the times that you are able to get through.

Whereever possible, try to apply directly to the company though - look for a personal email address or try and find the hiring managers contact details on the net, or on LinkedIn.

Good luck!

Nadine

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