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Okay, I've calmed down, I took a few days to put a few things in order, get my mind straight and all... Funny that news like this can trigger the family-grapevine to spring into action. Within a day of telling my parents the bad news, I received calls from an uncle and an aunt. My dad also spoke with me over the phone for quite a while, and everyone seems to have different advice for me.

Dad's the hardest one: "Welcome to the real world. If you can't develop the qualities they're looking for, then maybe you're not really management material, 'cos these problems with staff and superiors is not something that'll only be found at McD's."

Mom's going for the easy way out: "You know you're not happy there. When you took the job it was meant as an emergency solution to being unemployed. Break out from your little circle of friends and explore the world. Find a job in Britain or South Africa, or somewhere else where you can learn new things, make new friends and make new contacts. Maybe it's time you left the country."

Uncle was sympathetic but didn't really offer any advice. 'I know what you're going through, I'm the owner of a fitness-club and I know how hard it is to let your staff do the things you want them to do. Hang in there, you'll find out what's best for you."

And finally: Aunt Annie. "I knew it right from the start, McD's does not suit you. You should be working abroad in a luxurious 4 or 5 star hotel! Quit your job and buy a planeticket. Or find yourself a job at the TV or radio (she knows I like media). Or try to earn your living with the band."

So, the entire family is certain about the fact that I should quit ASAP. I'm still having doubts (I know, even despite my treatment the other day), but I DO know that I won't be working there much longer. All I need is a better job.

I'm sure Gina can find me work in Toronto. Who knows, we might become neighbours ;)
Seriously now: any help on finding work abroad is appreciated. And yes, I do know monster.com

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 22nd, 2002 08:12 pm (UTC)
Hey Rob,
I'm sure finding work in Toronto won't be too hard. If I can find three, I'm sure you can find at least one :-)
Seriously though...I could get you a job at a banquet hall, no problem. But what you would do for the other 4 days of the week is beyond me. There ARE a lot of hotels in Toronto, especially downtown. Try this website if you're serious about it: www.metropolis.com It has a listing of job postings within the Greater Toronto Area. I've seen postings for Restaurant and Hotel Management before.
Otherwise, a good place to look for jobs in other countries is at websites for newspapers. They tend to have a link to their "classified" section online. So if you wanted to work in New York, for example, go to the website for the NY Times and link to their classifieds. If you want to search for Canadian websites, go to www.google.ca - it's a search engine but it's Canadian based, and really helpful.
In the meantime, don't stress too much. Life is short. Be happy. OK? :-)

~G
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