After several years roaming aimlessly from one job and country to another I decided to return to Canada, find a job and settle down into a more normal life. The idea of having an easy, relaxing life in a rural community seemed like a good idea eight months ago. My family encouraged me to put teaching ESL abroad behind me and return to a real job in Canada. My choice to wander the world as an English teacher has never been popular with my family.
However, my return to the job market in my homeland has met with little success. I applied for numerous entry-level administrative positions as well as janitorial, front desk, teaching assistant, cashier, sandwich maker, and general labor jobs but to no avail.
Not one to give up, I applied for a job as a “sign holder” – one of the worst possible jobs available in this entire country, holding a large advertising sign at a busy intersection in all sorts of winter weather conditions for $13 an hour! No special skills required and after several people quit I was offered a position. Standing for five hours straight in sub-zero temperatures, wind and snow blowing in every direction, and trying to keep a huge placard from flying into traffic is almost impossible. At the end of my shift I need about two hours to recover from the cold.
Thanks to this horrible job, I have had no time to blog because my main priority is finding work in a warmer place. The positive news is that in spite of my job, the snow and cold temperatures last month, I maintained a fairly consistent running schedule of 4 or 5 miles on the treadmill, three or four times a week.