So moving to Halifax for the summer, was supposed to be lighthearted, fun...easy. To my deeep displeasure, living on the coast of the world, has been anything but a good time.
I don't want to sound negative, I love the city and the people. It's just the job market that has me wishing I wasn't a student, and that I could advertise all the skills I've gathered over the years.
I came here naively thinking I would have no problem finding a job. I was W-R-O-N-G. However it is probably my pride that is keeping me from being employed today. But that's not what I want to talk about now...I want to talk about, the way looking for a job, can totally destroy a girl.
You would think being a student would enable you to gain employment. Doesn't it prove that you have brains, you are committed, and diligent? Doesn't it say "I have goals, and I want to make a difference?" Guess not.
In a city of 500,000 (?) I have not been able to find a full time job anywhere. Perhaps I am not looking in the right places, or calling the right numbers? Even the part-time job market is difficult to break into. No one wants a student, someone who is only around four months of the year. I even got turned away by a call-centre! How discouraging!
So I'm left wondering what the heck I am supposed to do. How far do I go to get a job? Should I indicate I am currently a student on my resume? Should I omit the fact I am going to be deserting them in four months? Do I lie? Where do I draw the line between employment, and integrity?
As tough as it it, I am being optimistic. I have made good friends with the local library, and find myself cooking a lot more cakes. Some days it's easy to be optimistic and excited. However sometimes, in this world where everyone is looking out for number one, I just want to crawl home and have someone need me, to tell me they wouldn't know what to do if I wasn't around. I guess we all feel this way, we need to be needed.
So if you're looking for a job this summer, don't be discouraged, there is a job out there for you. It may not be exactly what you are looking for. Heck I gave up my 9-5 dream job two weeks ago. Keep looking, seek and you will find...eventually.