Terrance Gavan – Blogger, Instructor and Joker
There are no jobs that quite match up to ski instruction.
The one drawback being the inability to carry it through to August or September. I know people who bolt over to Australia or New Zealand once the season ends here in Canada, but wow, that’s an iffy bag-o-tricks, if you actually intend to make any money.
Most people I know who pop by the southern cross come home with 20 bucks in tips, and three free ski vouchers to ski Perisher Blue (Ski Resort in Aussie Land).
If you’re me? You spend some time catching up on those websites that are still pending from last November. Don’t get me wrong. I love designing websites. But it’s not a job that fulfills the real need to get out and widen your horizons. By that I mean that we’re all happier when we find something that allows us to grow.
I like helping people. I am most enthralled when I can bring a smile to a room, a client or a team.
Job hunting is no fun. It’s an arduous task-centered dribble. It entails a lot of soul-searching and requires one to devote time to the minutiae of the resumé and the cover letter. I remember when job hunting was pretty easy. You typed up a resumé and walked down a street. And you talked to managers. My first job out of high school at CBC Head Office in Ottawa occurred just like that. I walked into the imposing foyer, asked to see the honcho in charge of hiring. I talked with a lady named Jane and she was so impressed she hired me that afternoon. On that same day I got a call from Central Mortgage and Housing telling me that I could start work on Monday.
I was out for one day in Ottawa and two pretty big organizations were offering me employment. I took the job at CBC. In six months I went from the mail-room to Clerk 3 working for Station Relations doing liaison with the CRTC perusing Canadian Content logs from across Canada.
You can’t do that today. Major corporations don’t allow their in store staff to see you before they’ve screened you via an online psychological screening. SportChek, The Beer Store, Loblaws and many other businesses do not want you walking into their stores armed with a resume and an ugly tie.
You must conform to the norm. I left the CBC to go back to university and after that first year at St. Pats College (Carleton University) I went out again, armed only with a resume and a tie. I went to three beer stores. At the third one, Jimmy Miller asked if I could start the next day. I worked at the Bank Street store for 8 years, putting myself through university first at Carleton and then at the University of Manitoba. The other two beer stores called back within the week, said congratulations on the job at Bank Street and they sounded genuinely pleased that I was in the fold.
The Liquor Store and The Beer Store in Ontario want you to go online to fill out an application.
These changes in the system are pretty depressing for most people. Most people in search of work have limited access to the internet, have trouble putting together a resumé and cover letter.
In Lindsay we have a resource called the VCCS, an employment services office that helps people find jobs. If you’re not reaching out to community resources like the VCCS, you’re limiting your choices.
Not only will they give you assistance in resume prep, but they’ll also offer tips and tricks to help in your job search.
Most of this is just boilerplate stuff.
The most important thing to remember is that somewhere in the vicinity of 90 percent of available jobs are hidden. They are not advertised.
You find them through networking. That can be as simple as asking your fiends. “Hey, Ted, have you heard of any place that’s hiring?”
Read, write a letter, ask around, use the VCCS job seekers board. or other services locally.
There are jobs out there.