For the past couple of months, I’ve been letting everyone I know that my HB and I have plans to move from Vancouver to Toronto this July, and I can’t tell you how many people have asked me “Do you have a job lined up there?” No, I do not. But the more people keep asking me, the more I wonder — am I a complete idiot for moving without a job waiting for me?
It’s not that I haven’t started looking for a job, because I have. The thing is because I’ll either be in California or Vancouver for the month of June, applying for jobs in Toronto is a bit tricky. Lots of the postings I’ve seen want someone to start right away.
Not only that, I can’t help but think that employers might just disregard my application when they see that I’m still technically living in Vancouver, even if I’m a good fit for the position. Although I think I’m totally worth the wait, I do recognize that when openings pop up, it’s usually because someone just gave two weeks’ notice and that position needs to be filled ASAP.
After watching this TED Talks video that Bridget shared in her post about how to waste your twenties, I realized that in order to avoid being unemployed for longer than I want (or can afford) I need to do things a bit differently this time around. You might remember my post from last year about how I was unemployed for 8 months after graduating from university.
As far as work experience went, I had a good 5 years in the sales and customer service industry and I naively believed that would give me a leg up on all those other graduates who hadn’t worked a day in their life and had their parents pay their tuition. Unfortunately, being a cashier for 5 years didn’t mean much to all of the office jobs I applied to.
Despite applying to hundreds of job openings, in 8 months I only got 3 interviews. 3!!! Not only that, they were all for receptionist positions. In the end, one of those interviews helped me land my current job as a sales and marketing coordinator, but I do not want to go through that again.
This time I have 3 and a half years of experience in sales and marketing, I’m older, more confident in my skill set, and much wiser, so hopefully finding a job won’t be as much of a struggle. The one piece of advice that was mentioned in the TED Talk video that I’m definitely going to implement is to not rely solely on online job boards. Most jobs are never listed online and you can only find out about them through word of mouth. This time I’m spreading the word to everyone I know, and have contacted some people I know in town about any possible opportunities in Toronto.
Another thing I’m going to make sure to do is to follow up. At my job, I learned quickly that if you didn’t follow up, things just wouldn’t happen. I’m a pro-follow-uper so I’m definitely going to follow up and risk annoying potential employers because you never know, that one extra email or phone call might just be what makes me stand out.
So for anyone wondering if I’m crazy for moving without a job, the answer may still end up being “Yes”. I’ll let you know after a year. But as far as my finances go, I’ve been saving up a good chunk of change to last me for a long time, so I am extremely prepared to be jobless in Toronto for an uncertain amount of time.
I’m also open to getting a part-time job or being a temp to pay the bills while I’m applying for full-time work too. I’ll also probably ramp up my freelance writing work as well. And if all else fails, my HB and I can always move back home and live with my parents (let’s just hope plan A pans out though!).