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Friday, June 2, 2006

I don't know where to look for a job... 

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“Dear Ai,
I am looking for a waitress job in Vancouver. I came here with a working holiday visa, so I can work legally. The problem I am having right now is I don’t know where to look for. I am taking part-time English classes to work on my English. If a waitress job is not available, I would still like to work in customer service job, so I can practice my English.” Mika – Japan

“Hi Mika,
Thank you for your question. This is a great season for you to look for a job since people leave Vancouver for summer vacations. Employers from the tourism or retail industry would be interested in hiring you since you are bilingual and summer is the best time for tourism in Vancouver!

Here is a couple of ways you can try to find a job.

1. Get local newspapers such as North Shore News, Vancouver Courier (both are free). Or you can pay for the Vancouver Sun or the Province. Check the employment section in the classified sections which are usually located at the end of the newspaper. If you do not want to spend any money for a newspaper, you can go to websites, like Working

2. Bring your resume wherever you go. Many employers post hiring signs in their restaurants.

3. Tell all of your friends and teachers that you are looking for a job. When you tell them, make sure to tell them what kind of job you are looking for, either part-time or full-time and it is also helpful to give them your contact information. If you are good on a computer, make a business card size “mini-resume” that contains your work experience, education, what you do or are good at and contact information (phone number or e-mail address). The good thing about this card is that your friends do not need to remember details about you. They can also pass on correct information about you to the possible employers.


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