I am currently in purgatory. And while I am here, I would like to recommend that the soundtrack be the appropriately titled “No Hay Problema – Pink Martini“. I deemed it an appropriate soundtrack to my current situation, which is DESPERATELY IN NEED OF MONEY + NO JOB.
However…. I do (and did) have a few leads. My dream summer job as a Visitor Counsellor did not work out because Tourism Langley couldn’t get government funding for the position, but I will apply to them again next year. I rocked the interview, and really liked the other employees. Mais c’est la vie.
As for potential other leads, I am trying for a “Youth Services Officer” position with Service Canada. But I’m definitely NOT getting my hopes up like I did for Tourism Langley. So I also applied for a Burger Flipper position at Fatburger – yes, I am even willing to do flip burgers. I’ve actually applied to about a million places, and have not heard anything back from them.
Let’s run through my job search plans, shall we?
PLAN A: Get high paying, dignified summer job as a Marketing Assistant
Advantages: High paying, office hours, relevant to my Marketing degree.
Disadvantages: Probable long commute, and oh yah – COMPLETELY UNREALISTIC.
Reason for failure: This job does not exist. And if it did, the competition would have surely beat me. I have relatively little experience and am only available for the summer.
PLAN B: Get unpaid Marketing internship, supplement income by waitressing
Advantages: Tips mean higher wages than most other jobs for students. Less competition for unpaid work. I have some restaurant/customer service experience, can find work close to home and use my contacts.
Disadvantage: Give up social life for summer
Reason for failure: Well, I actually do have an awesome unpaid internship right now with Study and Go Abroad Fairs Canada – so this plan only half failed. But I couldn’t/haven’t secured a waitressing job for the following reasons:
- The restaurant business is really slow this year, according to most managers I’ve talked to.
- My main contact – a lady I know who owns a restaurant – is not hiring at all for the summer because of slow business
- Langley has a lot of chain restaurants. Working at these chain restaurants require I have a certain ‘body type’ that I do not have.
- Living with my parents – better than living on campus in terms of cleanliness, worse in terms of freedom.
- I lost my voice COMPLETELY because I have laryngitis. Which means that I can’t really object to anything my parents tell me to do, I can’t job hunt, and I can’t really leave the house unless I want to rasp at strangers.
- Absolutely NO ONE has gotten back to me about my online job search, except for the Service Canada lead. But I guess I should expect that, it’s what we’re told in Sauder happens: “Employers looking for jobs will first check their current employees, then whoever their employees recommend, and then post jobs outside.”
- FOOD! GLORIOUS FOOD! I don’t have to worry about cooking for myself anymore!
- I get to see my high school friends
- I can enjoy Vancouver in the summer for the first time in 2 years
- With plan C, I get ‘varied’ experience