Summer job

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CV 2010

My CV

I’ve been looking for a summer job for the past couple months. I sent out approximately 120 emails to different professors, asking if they had research assistantships available for the summer.

In short order, I received approximately 120 emails from these professors, all telling me that they had no work for me. I don’t mind getting rejection messages, to be honest. At least that way I don’t spend much time getting my hopes up or waiting to hear back from them.

Next, I signed up on a number of job-search websites. There’s one that sends me daily emails with jobs sorted by criteria that I choose, like “student jobs in Montréal.” Another one lets you save a job search as an RSS feed and subscribe to it using your newsreader, so that whenever there are new jobs that match your search, they show up there.

I haven’t totally given up hope on having a “real people job” this summer, but things are looking pretty grim. My French isn’t super-fantastic, (although for most purposes it is passable) so I can’t say that I’m bilingual, which means that I’m not qualified even to work at Tim Horton’s or Walmart.

I’m going to continue to look for, and apply for any job that I’m even close to qualified for, but in the meantime, I’m going to start to focus my efforts more on my web design business. I’m gonna finish up a few lingering jobs that I’ve been working on during the school year, and then try to find some new clients. I looked at my budget, did some math, and discovered that I don’t need more than a few new jobs to make it through the summer, until OSAP comes in again for next year.

My action plan, moving forward is that I will work my network of contacts, re-design and re-launch www.bgcarlisle.com, put some ads on Kijiji and maybe even pay for some Google ads.

And if worst comes to worst, I can always resort to medical experiments or selling non-essential body parts on the black market, right?

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2010-688,
    title = {Summer job},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2010-03-27,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/03/27/summer-job/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Summer job" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 27 Mar 2010. Web. 19 Jan 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/03/27/summer-job/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2010, Mar 27). Summer job [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/03/27/summer-job/

Signposting

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Something that one of my students drew for me

Something that one of my students drew for me

Being a TA is one of the best parts of grad school. In the class that I’m a TA for, the first essay of the year was due last Monday. I guess I must have done a good job emphasising good “signposting” in essay-writing in my conferences, because this week, one of my students came up to me and handed me this hand-drawn cartoon that she made while writing her essay.

Some of the other grad students say I should put it up somewhere in the philosophy grad student office.

By the way, I do realise that it’s been over a month since I posted last. Sorry guys! My life is pretty complicated right now, and I don’t want to blog about it yet, because there are people who I need to talk to in person, before I start letting the whole world know what’s up with me. I expect that sometime this week, I will resume regular posting again.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-459,
    title = {Signposting},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-10-31,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/10/31/signposting/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Signposting" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 31 Oct 2009. Web. 19 Jan 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/10/31/signposting/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Oct 31). Signposting [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/10/31/signposting/

Pickles’ new job!

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While we were in Ontario visiting family I applied for a few admin jobs I saw online including a part time receptionist position for the VicPark Health Club in Westmount. When we got home I had a message from the manager at VicPark asking me to come in for an interview the next day. I called her back and we arranged to meet the following day (Wednesday) at 10am.
Pickles' job 1

Pickles' job

I went to the interview, got a tour of the club and answered a few questions she had for me. Then she asked me to come back sometime after 4pm that day so I could meet one of the team leaders and then she would call me tomorrow to let me know if I got the job. Around 5:30pm I went back and in my brief conversation with the team leader, she asked if I would be free the next day (Thursday) to do some training. I told her that I hadn’t actually been offered the job yet, at which point she told me that she was offering me the job now. I thanked her and said I could come in tomorrow for training.

Pickles' job

Pickles' job

Since then I’ve been doing training on Thursday and Friday and I did my first shift on Saturday afternoon. The job is pretty great because the owners and clients are all very friendly and easy going. The club just opened last October so everything is new and top of the line equipment. There are two girls that have been working there since January that prefer the weekday 6am-11am and 11am-4pm shifts so that works well since those are the only times I’m not able to make it. They had already made the schedule up for this week so I only have one shift (one of the girls wasn’t able to make it) this week but it’s nice to not have to be looking for jobs anymore.

Plus I get to work here:
Pickles' job

Pickles' job

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-308,
    title = {Pickles’ new job!},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Pickles},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-08-25,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/25/pickles-new-job/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Pickles’ new job!" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 25 Aug 2009. Web. 19 Jan 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/25/pickles-new-job/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Aug 25). Pickles’ new job! [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/25/pickles-new-job/

The job interview

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St Mary's hospital, where I had my job interview

St Mary's hospital, where I had my job interview

On the first full day that I was in Montréal after moving here, I had a job interview. I joked that it was a shocking thing that I actually had an interview for a job in my field, since I am a philosophy major.

Actually, this job is even more specific to my area of study, since it is a job in the field of bioethics and I am studying bioethics.

The job is for a part-time position, co-ordinating a study in a hospital very near my house. The hours are flexible and it seemed perfect. I enjoyed speaking to the man and the woman who conducted the interview, and I think I would be a good candidate for the position.

Over the weeks since then, I occasionally got word from people that I had asked to be my references, saying that they had been contacted by a professor at McGill. That was an encouraging sign.

On Wednesday the 12th, I heard back from them by email. I had forgotten to tell them that my phone number changed. Oops! They told me to give them a call on Thursday. When I called on Thursday, I found out that I was not offered the job, but that they might have work for me at another time. The man who called me stressed that when he said that he might have work for me later, he didn’t mean that in the dissmissive or condescending way that it is usually meant when potential employers have to reject applicants. He actually seemed serious about it.

I don’t feel too bad about the fact that I didn’t get the job. The guy who was offered the job was finishing his PhD, and so he was super-qualified for the position. At any rate, it might be for the best, since I got a TA-ship, and I don’t know how heavy the work-load is.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-15,
    title = {The job interview},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-08-18,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/18/the-job-interview/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "The job interview" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 18 Aug 2009. Web. 19 Jan 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/18/the-job-interview/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Aug 18). The job interview [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/18/the-job-interview/

Count your blessings

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The courtyard for our apartment

The courtyard for our apartment

These past few days have been a few of the most eventful of my life. We made it to Montréal, and at the request of many friends and family, I think I’m going to blog about it. I’m dead-tired right now, so I’m going to give a summary of a bunch of things that went really right, that easily could have gone otherwise. I will fill you in later with more of the details of what has happened recently.

  • We found our apartment in Montréal very quickly. We had allotted a week for apartment-hunting, but we ended up taking the 2nd one that we saw.
  • We negotiated a great deal on our apartment. And I mean a great deal. So good that our landlord called us back and called our demands “brutal.”
  • Our new apartment is right across the street from the Métro station, which puts us about 20 mins away from McGill.
  • When we got here, we discovered that we can actually see a grocery store from our apartment window. It’s just down the street from us.
  • We rented a truck to move our stuff to Montréal. On the U-Haul website, for an apartment, they recommended the 14′ truck for an apartment. Fortunately, the U-Haul people on Erie Street in Stratford were all out of 14′ trucks, so we rented a 17′ truck instead. This was good, because there was no way that all our stuff would have fit into a 14′ truck. No way at all.
  • I had a job interview the very day after we arrived in Montréal. (It was today, Friday, at 11h. I’ll write a post about how that went.)
  • When we arrived, we arrived a little bit before my parents, and the doorknob on the door wasn’t working, but we just happened to arrive at the exact same time as the man who does maintenance work in our building, and he helped us get into our apartment right then.
  • Just yesterday, when we stopped by Stratford to drop off some stuff, I got an email from McGill – I was offered a position as a Teacher’s Assistant!
  • We were originally planning on having my parents come by at 10h30 on Thursday to begin packing. Fortunately for us, they got the truck a day early, which meant that a bunch of friends could help us pack everything into the truck. There was a lot of stuff. It would have taken a long time to do it ourselves, and we would not likely have been able to do it all, and get to Montréal in time for my job interview.
  • Nicole had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for the morning that we left.
  • The weather was overcast and cool, but it didn’t rain.

There are a lot of other things that went right when they could have easily gone wrong, but those are the things that come to mind right now. Post below if you can think of any yourself.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-3,
    title = {Count your blessings},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-07-24,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/07/24/count-your-blessings/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Count your blessings" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 24 Jul 2009. Web. 19 Jan 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/07/24/count-your-blessings/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Jul 24). Count your blessings [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/07/24/count-your-blessings/

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