We took a risk by moving to Victoria without jobs to go to. For those of you who are intrigued by the idea of moving to a new place but concerned about finding work, I think our experience may be reassuring. Here is Chris’s employment timeline:
Nov. 1st – arrived in Victoria
Nov. 29th – job interview
Dec. 9th – offered position
Jan. 4th – started new job
Chris applied for a lot of jobs in the month of November. Searching employment websites and preparing applications was a job unto itself. He did not hear back from most places he applied. After spending hours customizing resumes, writing cover letters and filling out lengthy, redundant online applications, it was easy to get discouraged when his applications were not even acknowledged. Fortunately, the search process did not stretch out too long. Elections BC recognized the value in Chris’s experience, skills and personality, and eight days in, he is loving his new job!
He has been hired to fill a 4.5 month contract as an Information Data Processor, preparing voter information for the upcoming provincial election. Although the position is temporary, there may be opportunities for successful contract employees to become permanent. I have no doubt that Chris will stand out for his work ethic and people skills, and even if the job doesn’t last after mid-April, this work experience will create momentum for attracting subsequent opportunities.
Chris reports that Elections BC seems like a very professional organization that treats its employees with respect and trust. He likes the people he is working with and the tasks he has been assigned. The hours are great (8:30-4:30) and his office is downtown, just a twenty minute walk from our home and a few blocks from my school.
Our new life on the west coast isn’t secure just yet, but we are moving in the right direction. For prospective life-changers, I would say that as long as you are willing to make job-hunting your full-time mission for a while, have transferable skills, and are open to applying them to different types of work, opportunities will present themselves!
“As far as I can tell, it’s just about letting the universe know what you want, working toward it while letting go of how it comes to pass”. – Jim Carrey
Thanks for reading!