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Advise on approaching companies on a student visa (Melbourne)

Morning all,

New to the site and enjoying it so far.

I've been in Melbourne for just over 2 and a half years now. For the past 8 months I've been on a student visa which is extremely frustrating due to it's restrictions on working a maximum of 20 hours a week.

I have 5 years+ of experience in sales with an addition of 2+ years in a management position and went on the visa so that I could approach companies and offer services to them part time (in some cases on a voluntary basis) and showing what I can do with the view to a possible sponsorship. I've been approaching companies the entirety of the 8 months and have faced nothing but rejections so far.

Just wondering if anyone has either been in a similar situation or knows someone who has and would be able to give any advise in terms of approaching such companies.