To Whom It May Concern, My name is Jake Cunningham and I am a 21-year-old Ski and Snowboard instructor currently living in Japan working in the Hokkaido’s largest ski area, Niseko. I would like to express my interest in a farming position. I am currently a travelling Ski and Snowboard Instructor, having completed five ski seasons, while working nights and landscaping to fill in the gaps and fund my travels. Upon finishing my contract in Japan, I will be back in Australia in April and hoping to participate in seeding season! I am no stranger to hard work; I have worked long hours both instructing and landscaping in extremely cold and hot conditions, and have held down 2 jobs since I was 18. I strive to be the hardest working person in the room, and the most focused (rather than being distracted on my phone!). My average week consists of 7 hours outdoors teaching skiing or snowboarding 6 days a week and then working in a kitchen 4 nights a week till approximately 12 at night. Not only do these jobs require immense physical strength, but mental strength and endurance as well. When I am not in a ski town I work in Melbourne Landscaping for myself or sub-contracting for other businesses. Through many jobs I’ve gained countless hours of experience in manual labour, working outdoors, operating light and heavy machinery. I have completed countless landscaping and renovation projects, giving me skills with a wide range of tools. I also like completing personal projects, having rebuilt the entire engine and interior in my Toyota 4Runner when I was 18. My 4WD experience has included maintenance and repairs, and my recent motorcycle trip from Canada to Mexico has also given me skills with bike and boat maintenance. Though I am new to the farming industry, I believe my skills in horticulture and landscaping would translate well to seeding and machinery operation. My outdoor experience in all aspects has given me a good sense of direction and spatial awareness, necessary for adapting to new environments in farming. I am reliable, punctual, and self sufficient, taking initiative to fill in gaps and do what needs to be done in my boss’s interests. My strength, endurance, and calm focused demeanour would certainly be an asset out in the field. I am driven to work hard in any environment to keep gaining skills in another outdoor industry like farming. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing what I can contribute to your operation. Yours sincerely, Jake Cunningham
Jake has done a few bouts with me, about a year in total broken up in bits and pieces. He’s awesome – catches on to things quickly. Good with machinery, mechanically minded. Happy to leave him on site alone and know that he will get the job done. Punctual & reliable – no problems there. Pretty quiet, not in a bad way – he just works. I call him the Energiser Bunny!