How do I find a job in Toronto?
January 11, 2013 2:10 PM Subscribe
How do I search for a job in Toronto that fits my special snowflake(but relatively modest[I hope]) requirements?
posted by Gin and Comics to Work & Money (6 answers total)
I need to find a job. Right now, my search feels scattered and mostly useless and that needs to change. I've tried a few things: re-applying at an old job, applying to places that I would like to work near my home and a job search with online tools. But that all amounts to maybe four submitted resumes with no callbacks and that is just not enough.
As I see it I have several problems:
1.) I have little useful work experience and few skills
My employment thus far been food service(Starbucks), retail(a comic book store), and an honorarium based internship with a publishing company. I've also done some very limited freelance proofreading, but it basically amounts to checking one file type against another to make sure no errors have cropped up in the conversion. Not exactly skill building, is what I'm saying.
I have a BA in history as well, but have been out of school for more than 4 years.
2.) I have no idea how or where to search for things
I've tried the Canada Job Bank and other job search websites, but they are so huge(and filled with spam) that I despair of ever finding anything without having a good keywords for a search. Since I can't exactly plug in "database administrator" or similar, I feel lost.
3.) I cannot take on work that will be overly disruptive to my partner's sleep schedule
My partner is in the middle of a PhD in the hard sciences. They are doing real, useful work toward a good career and I refuse to negatively impact that. This means no excessively early mornings, overnights or similarly erratic worktimes. This is one reason I think Starbucks will be reluctant to take me back(though I have applied there).
I do have a couple of things going for me. I have low rent and expenses(thanks to a shared living space with my partner) , no debts and about $3,000 in savings. This gives a little leverage in terms of time, and the job I do get could be part-time minimum wage and I'd still be doing okay. I don't need a career right now but I will need money for bills until I can figure things out.
Obviously, the better working conditions are(no early mornings, less or no contact with the public, flexible shifts) the happier I would be. I'd like to avoid fast food, having worked in it as a teenager. I am not totally averse to returning to barista-ing, but it would be less than ideal.
Brass tacks: What should I be looking for and where should I look?