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Old 03-02-2016, 02:07 PM
 
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In 2 weeks I've sent out 20 emails. On average I guess there's a 20% response rate. I have to wonder if attaching my resume to the email is a good idea or not. Maybe I should wait for them to request it, I'm not sure.

Yeah it's kinda awkward trying to get across "Hey, I'm in Australia but I don't need a visa so please keep reading" haha. Have you got any experience/recommendations on phoning as opposed to emailing?

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I feel its better to reach out by LinkedIn and email first. Try not to sell yourself too quick. E-mail folks and say something like "Hi there, I see that you work as Such and such Engineer and I was hoping that I can ask for your expert opinion (giving them a compliment makes it more likely to respond). I am an Engineering grad from Australia and will soon be relocating to the US with a Green Card and I am trying to find out more about US hiring practices and work opportunities especially in your company which I am very familiar with. Would you be open to having a quick conversation with me sometime this week?

Let me know of there is a good time and a good number I can reach you at.

Thank you in advance and Inreally appreciate you taking your time to respond."

After they agree to speak to you then have a phone call.

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Old 03-02-2016, 02:16 PM
 
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Hey, I'm a mechanical engineer in the south of US. But in a somewhat different area energy/hvac.
In my field there is a HVAC association called ASHRAE that have meetings, job posts, etc. Maybe there is a association and magazines that deals with agricultural machinery? You should get in a specific groups to prospect what your are looking for, ltry to have target companies listed and apply on their website, look the employment websites such as indeed, try to contact some recruiters, linkedin should have a ton of openings.
Not sure how big is the market for agricultural equipment, I can only think of John Deere tractors. Construction is much more broad and should give more options.

Even if you are qualified and have a great resume and send many e-mails, lots of positions just don't send an answer, the application goes to spam box, to one of their automated software sorting that discard if there is not the right keywords, to HR archive. I guess sometimes HR is being bombarded with hundreds of applicants, many nowhere qualified for the openings. For example, I've been contacted to a position I applied like five months after I sent my resume, while already landed another job, sometimes the process it is just that slow and unpredictable.
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Old 03-05-2016, 02:40 AM
 
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Thanks for the advice all, much appreciated.

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I feel its better to reach out by LinkedIn and email first. Try not to sell yourself too quick. E-mail folks and say something like "Hi there, I see that you work as Such and such Engineer and I was hoping that I can ask for your expert opinion (giving them a compliment makes it more likely to respond). I am an Engineering grad from Australia and will soon be relocating to the US with a Green Card and I am trying to find out more about US hiring practices and work opportunities especially in your company which I am very familiar with. Would you be open to having a quick conversation with me sometime this week?

Let me know of there is a good time and a good number I can reach you at.

Thank you in advance and Inreally appreciate you taking your time to respond."

After they agree to speak to you then have a phone call.

Beat of luck
Very interesting idea. You think this kind of email approach might work better so far out from a potential start date? I thought I'd send something similar to this on LinkedIn but hadn't thought about it for an email.

One thing to bear in mind is I'm currently applying for companies that tend to be family-owned with anywhere between 15-50 employees. That might affect the strategy. I am rarely able to find anything on LinkedIn for some of these companies. But this approach might go well for emails.

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Hey, I'm a mechanical engineer in the south of US. But in a somewhat different area energy/hvac.
In my field there is a HVAC association called ASHRAE that have meetings, job posts, etc. Maybe there is a association and magazines that deals with agricultural machinery? You should get in a specific groups to prospect what your are looking for, ltry to have target companies listed and apply on their website, look the employment websites such as indeed, try to contact some recruiters, linkedin should have a ton of openings.
Not sure how big is the market for agricultural equipment, I can only think of John Deere tractors. Construction is much more broad and should give more options.

Even if you are qualified and have a great resume and send many e-mails, lots of positions just don't send an answer, the application goes to spam box, to one of their automated software sorting that discard if there is not the right keywords, to HR archive. I guess sometimes HR is being bombarded with hundreds of applicants, many nowhere qualified for the openings. For example, I've been contacted to a position I applied like five months after I sent my resume, while already landed another job, sometimes the process it is just that slow and unpredictable.
I'll have to have a look. I think they are state based more often, but I'm not too sure. Agricultural equipment is bigger in the US than here in Aus. Tractors aren't such a big thing here. People tend to use skid-steers more often.

By the way, how's the job market for engineers in the South? HVAC or some other field involving mech engineering isn't my preference but I would be open to doing anything at first. I would be most happy doing what I currently do. After that I would prefer to at least work in a manufacturing workshop alongside welders and machinists, doing almost anything. But ultimately I'd try anything to get my feet on the ground.
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:25 AM
 
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Hi folks,

Thought I'd let you all know the method I was using works. 2 days ago I heard back from a company in my industry I emailed. My email was slightly informal, I explained my legal situation, why I want to move to the South, why I love the industry I work, and why I was interested in working for this business. I didn't even attach a resume.

Instead of responding to this email, I just called the guy. I then ended up talking to the owner himself for almost half hour about a job. Turns out our timelines match perfectly, I'd suit the job wonderfully and he'd even investigated the company I work for here to get an idea of what I was involved in.

I only expected a potential interview and offered to cover the expense of flying from the West coast back East. Nope, I was basically told the job was mine if I wanted it, and he offered to fly me AND my wife out to check out the area and the job to make sure we'd like it. He's also offered to put me up in one of his properties in the area too. Truly amazing.

Thought I'd let everyone know it worked out very successfully!
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