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Avoid Job Scams (4/10)

Newcomers to Canada are usually very eager to find a job. Add that to the fact that they may not be familiar with the local job market and that when money is starting to run out people would do...

In The Mood For Change

When I showed up at work to pick up my last pay check, after coming back from South America, most of my co-workers stared at me, slightly bewildered: "You look... different".

How To Find A Job In Canada (7/10)

As a newcomer in Canada, you will probably need to get a job as soon as you can: settling in a new country is expensive. But going job-hunting can be an intimidating task. Here are a few tips to help...

Call Me (Not), Part II

I swear that’s the last time I fill in for the receptionist. I’m a bloody French teacher. NOT a receptionist. And if the woman can’t even remember if she’s supposed to be in a group or a private...

Teaching 101

I wish John would shut up. But you see, John is so enthusiastic about his French training that he has to mumble vocabulary on his way to class. For now, I'm trying to open the bloody classroom door...

Summer In The City

Summer usually brings the worse students, along with those to busy to take classes the rest of the year and whose only chance is to come to school when the Parliament isn’t in session. I don’t mind...

To Be Or Not To Be

Standing in front of a busy LCBO meant attracting all kind of weirdos. I was known as the “flower girl” and people would stop by and talk to me about their life, their kids, their problems. Without...

Morning Glory

Oh crap. It’s 8:50 and my brain is still sleeping. I ought to wake up. I extricate myself from the car, a task harder than usual considering I’m holding a can of Diet Coke and my handbag, slung...

The Interviews From Hell

How many interviews have I been to ? I’d say about thirty in Canada so far, ¾ of them in my first year in Ottawa. I was desperate for a job but the odds seemed to be against me. At 20 years old, my...

Dirty Little Secrets

However, I soon discovered that workplaces bore some resemblance with the world I was used to. Contrary to my naive opinion, people don’t automatically become smarter and well-behaved nor that they...

The Teacher And The Test Dilemna

My students are office workers. I'm not - and their field of work and the arcane of the ubiquitous bureaucracy can be bewildering for a rookie like me. Like when I was filing up for another teacher...

It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night

I’m a young office worker. The world is mine. As soon as I’ll finish my cigarette, I’ll go deal with the commissioner, a weekly task to which I excel. That’s life when you go teach at the government...

Us And Them

Office workers have always fascinated me. I used to see them in public transportation, early in the morning : guys drinking their daily shot of black java in some kind of fancy spill proof cup; women...