TWO of the first 200 visitors to an Ability Options open day at Seven Hills today came from Iran.
Sahar Sanjabi, 23, and Shahnaz Ghalehghovandi, 35, who now live in Merrylands, have only been in Australia for eight months.
Ms Sanjabi is a student while Ms Ghalehghovandi is a former English teacher.
They want to find out more about Ability Options, how and where to apply for a job and whether they can work as a volunteer for the organisation.
‘‘We heard about the event from our friends who said it would help us to know about our employment prospects,’’ Ms Ghalehghovandi said.
‘‘The knowledge we have acquired would help us to settle in the country.’’
About a dozen staff including Transition to Work manager, Caroline Krix, and employment divisional manager, Brenda Odewahn, attended.
Ability Options job support consultant Ben Glover said the day was aimed at providing information to assist participants with interview and networking skills, as well as providing general sessions on the other services.
He said he helped the two women to prepare a resume so they could apply for jobs.
Marketing manager Allison Dando said Ability Options was hosting two other open days at different locations for job-seekers and school leavers.
‘‘Our team members will be available to provide you with information and the success of our programs,’’ she said.
The second open day is at at Penrith Quarterdeck Function Centre, 100 Station Street, Penrith between 10am and 2pm on Friday, September 6 and the third is at Beatrice Taylor Hall, Willowpark Community Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby on September 20.