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What attribute is most sought when employing an arborist?|
Is it the candidate's intellectual ability, capacity to understand trees and the
techniques that allow them to be cultivated and maintained? Is it an aesthetic
sense, artistic talent or appreciation? Or is it the passion that motivates a person
to pursue this line of work in the first place?
It is probably a combination of all these things. Any one of them alone seems inadequate.
As for me, I entered the field quite by accident, if in fact it can be said that there
are accidents. I was going through a difficult period, when I turned to
gardening. I found solace in the cultivation and arrangement of flowers, if for
no other reason than that I appreciated their beauty and enjoyed their scent. A
middle-aged woman I had never met stopped and complimented me on the
arrangement. She told me that I must go to Humber College and study
arboriculture not landscaping, as one might expect, but arboriculture. She
must have had a psychic sense, for I followed her advice exactly and pursued my
studies nearly to completion. I expect to graduate with a Landscape Technician / Urban Arboriculture Diploma this April.
At school, I quickly demonstrated I had a strong aptitude for this field, not only
winning a SCHOLARSHIP, but successfully tutoring eight other
In addition, I acquired employment as both arborist and landscape technician, a role with which I am equally comfortable. My resume below, documents
my success. Suffice it to say that everything I touch grows and grows well. What I experience goes beyond science, technology and logic itself. I cannot
explain it. But I know it to be true. The testimonials I receive assure me I am not
dreaming. They are fact.
My success is powered by the passion I feel when I am outdoors. A wonderful
world was put here for us. Most people surround themselves with four walls
and call it living. I call it death.
I have the high energy level required to prosper in this field. I am fit. I exercise,
rollerblade, cycle, swim and climb trees, regularly, to maintain my
Please have a look the following resume. I am confident that, on reviewing it,
you will agree I have the potential to become a worthy member of your team.
Landscape Technician / Urban Arboriculture Diploma (cand.), Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology. Graduation expected Apr. 2000.
Certified Basic Rescuer, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (current).
- Won SCHOLARSHIP, 1999, in recognition of high marks:
- Current GPA: 3.5 out of 4.0.
- Report Writing: 90% (current average).
- Successfully tutored 8 students. One student who was failing is now achieving 75%.
- Acquired familiarity with work safety and aerial rescue.
Acquired proficiency in C.P.R.
|ARBORICULTURE / LANDSCAPING
HEAVENLY PARADISE GARDENS, WOODBRIDGE, ONTARIO|
Apr. 98 - pres. Arborist / Landscape Technician
- Equally proficient in both fields.
- Establish and maintain high client satisfaction rate by putting my heart and soul into the job. For example:
- A client hired me because he had laid sod, but was unhappy with the result.
I completely revitalised his yard by removing all dead sod and vegetation, rototilling area, amending and raking soil, applying fertiliser, relaying sod and deep-watering soil.
Result: client is totally satisfied. Lawn is thick, rich and green.
- A client asked me to remove three sugar maples from his yard. Although this would have been a lucrative project for me, I advised against it. For a lower fee,
I was able to restore the trees, and again, client is completely satisfied with result.
JACKIE D'S (RESTAURANT) / PANO'S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE, SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN|
Feb. 94 - Dec. 96 Manager
- Increased gross sales 45% in 10 months. Supervised 30 employees. Generated favourable media coverage. E.g., Saskatoon Star commented positively on quality of food, ambience and service.
|OTHER RELATED EMPLOYMENT
Between 1996 and 1998, I continued to work in the hospitality industry, further developing my administrative, financial and customer service skills. Prior to 1994, I served in wide variety of retail establishments, working in sales. So doing, I acquired valuable knowledge and skill that came into play as I moved into management, then arboriculture and landscaping. I am equally comfortable in administrative, managerial, technical and sales-oriented roles.
Volunteer, Climbing Championship Jamboree, Toronto, 1999.|
Fundraiser / Receptionist, 51st Annual I.S.A. Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, 2000.
I.S.A. and Landscape Ontario (professional associations).
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Fluent in English, Greek and Arabic (read, write, listen, speak).