Finding a Job in Toronto- It Ain’t Easy
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So a little background info on me from Australia. I had a mobile massage business #bodyteknix. I’m a qualified Sports Therapist, I also worked organising and running events and I’m a singer who mainly did live gigs. In Toronto I am none of those things. Kick in the face No.1 my Massage qualification doesn’t mean shit out here, even though my Australian associations assured an “international” qualification that was certainly not the case. They highly value RMT’s (Remedial massage Therapists in Ontario which is great!! For them not for me. Basically I would need to study here ( this requires a study permit) then pass an exam (I have been practising for 9 years! EXAM???). This is all at a cost of around $6000 total 😒 Pass.
So what now? That was my back up right as I know the Events Industry is a “who you know game” so (I’m working on that 😉) network, network, network. I had to get really creative with the hiring process and basically finesse the shit out of all my interview, Thank god I finally got a bite a small clinic in the Beach who was willing to work with me based on my merit and skills and just not offer the health fund rebates but instead a discounted rate, its not ideal but hey I’ll take what I can get at this point.
Through applying and applying and applying for literally everything, like we were not being fussy at all what we realised was this. Basically the IEC Visa is a flaming red hot beacon to employers that you are a flakey tourist that can’t really do anything too important cause you’ll probably piss off in a few months.. Argh this does not help your work struggle right. The minimum wage is so terrible here that is no way to maintain a bougie lifestyle at a whooping $14.00 p/hr (this is a new higher rate too). So basically I suggest lie! Lie your ass off. Say you 100% plan on applying for P.R and want to grow with the company true or not convince them that you are not a flake, even if you kinda are a flight risk.. I mean it’s cold out here and to be honest I really miss my beach lifestyle, I don’t know how long I can realistically stay here with out something Epic to keep me in the ice and snow.
We literally sent out 100’s of resumes out on INDEED and got very few hits back. You have to call and email and follow up every lead. Sell your personality go into stores or offices personally. Also join the Aussie in Toronto/Canada facebook groups and keep an eye out people are always posting various roles on there. Just be persistent and ensure you have funds in the bank enough to support yourself for at least 3 months it will probably take that long to find something decent.
Finding something full time has eluded me so far but I do have several jobs.
As I mentioned my little clinic in the Beach, I’m also doing Promo or Brand Ambassadoring is decent pay though not consistent the promos pay $18-25 p/hr. I also work as a Bar Tender and Server at the Hilton. This one was from the Aussies in toronto Facebook page mentioned in my last post. So the pages definitely come in hand facebook is a great tool I found one job through there and we also found our place through Facebook. The power of Social media prevails even when we really tried all the other conventional methods this seems to be the most effective. So don’t sleep on Facebook its not just for mums and house wives or “old people”.
So that’s that for finding a job here in TDOT, still softly looking for better but content as I am now. Lets see how this goes.