Since the beginning of this semester, I have been hunting for a summer job so that I can stay here in Toronto and sublet this great apartment from my friend’s old roommate. But finding a job is rarely easy—I learned that the hard way last year when I needed a job to fund my summer trip to Scotland. I sent out applications and résumés, and made follow-up calls. I eventually wound up working at Zellers, who were the only employer to even call me back at all.
Actually, it was a good job. The pay was okay and the work wasn’t too hard, but it was slightly mind-numbing at times. Still, hard to believe that it had been my only option. So at the beginning of this semester, I set out to find a new job with more than a little trepidation.
I applied to a few places where I was sure I would get in. But after a couple of interviews, it became apparent that I was doing something wrong. I thought they’d liked me, but of course they never called me back. I hate asking people for things, and so calling to follow up after dropping off a résumé has always been kinda hard for me. I didn’t do it with the first round of résumés I sent out, and I probably didn’t get the job because of that.
Also: if you’re in high school, and you are Canadian, and you are reading this, take my advice: PAY ATTENTION IN CAREERS CLASS. Seriously. I was trying to remember what you’re supposed to put in a résumé, and for the life of me, it was just gone. It was spooky how gone that knowledge was from my mind.
So I fixed up my résumé and tried again—still no luck. I am now on round three of the résumé hand-out, and I have to say: I am NOT good at finding a job. I’m starting to feel like it can’t be done. Everyone is more experienced, more qualified.
Still, I’m hopeful. As much as I love my family, I do not want to lose the independence I’ve gained this year. I’m finally starting to feel more like an adult, and less like a little kid who still wants her sandwiches with the crusts cut off. That’s right, folks: I eat my crust now, maturity-style. But enough silliness. I want a job. I need a job. I have less than a month to find a job. Ready? Set? Go.