Some funny stories in Toronto -- fr a new comer to Toronto

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Story 1: -- " We offer service seven days a week, do you need it?"

For the economic pressure, I have to find jobs as soon as possible. I landed Toronto at the end of Februry, and it's still so cold at that time. The job market was not so active. I rent a little room in the 3rd floor of a town house. The landlord is a quite nice HK lady. I went to the HRDC everyday, fr. 9 am to 4 pm. Just like worked there. And the staffs there all knew me. Canada is good at providing so many free services for people, including new immigrants to hunt jobs.

The first thing is to revise my resume. Time after time, as the style is totally different. The warm-hearted staff in HRDC gave me some good suggestions. But the key point is, you should find a good resume guide book, and copied some useful sentences, or words which were suitable for you. I did it.

I worked hard at sending out my resume, or searched in the internet. But I was so worried, that after 25 days, I still couldn't find any jobs. Though I had some interview opportunities, those companies won't hire me, for I didn't have any Canadian working experience, for whatever reasons. I became more and more worried.

The landlord's daughter owns a little Chinese resturant. She came here almost ten years ago, as the student visa. She said now we are more lucky, because ten years ago, the working experiences were much much lower than now. Though for a job washing dishes, so many people to compete. It's not easy to find a waitress job. And she also described how hard the life was to me, and some stories. So I was impreesed by what she told me a lot. Finally I decided, no matter what kind of job it would be, I would take it, in order to accumulated some Canadian working experience.

God is looking after me, maybe. In the 26th day, I got a job in a western company. A part time job. The interview was so simple. The guy just asked me a few questions. And then he asked me whether I could speak both Madarin and Cantonese. For sure, I could, definitely. I was once a DJ in the university's radio station in Canton. So I can speak both of them fluently. He seemed very happy to hear that. Later I know the reason. The company is developing Chinese market. So they need me to call the Chinese cutomers. The job is as a telemarketor. Telemarketor is very popular in the north america, though I knew nothing about it when I was in China, fortunately, China hasn't this kind of job, as I always think it disturbs people's normal lives.

My job is to call every Chinese name in the yellow pages. I hate it. There isn't any privacy, as the telephone company will list all the users' name in the yellow pages. If you want your name got rid of the yellow pages, you have to pay at least 30 dollars! How come? Though I don't like it, I have to call every night, as it's my first job in Canada. The salary is lower than waitress. But it's an office job. Not so tired. Sounds better than waitress. The folks in China don't know what it is, as it has a good name, telemarketor.

--- To be continued -----
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