How Junior Chamber of commerce helped me land my first job

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What I Did Before

As you know, or might have read on the About page, before I finally (for now) settled down in the countryside I traveled the world. I learned a lot doing that, but what I learned most was that the hectic city life was not going to be for me. I experienced the phenomena of Alexandria’s genesis which was amazing for me.

I had my fair share of working in the Corporate World. Although, I worked for a small agency that developed SAAS (Software as a Service; a software service that is online or in the cloud, where customers pay a monthly fee to be able to use it). We as a small company were quite successful, really. There were plenty of customers to deal with, and we were developing ever better services for them.
Now you might think that I was into heavy coding. Well, I wasn’t. My function was being the liaison person between the customer and our programmers. A nice job in a way, because you get to “translate” what your customer tells you into something that the technical team understand and vice versa.

No need to tell you that customers talking directly to programmers didn’t work then, and probably does not work now. Although I loved my job, had nice customers and very knowledgeable colleagues, I hated the travel time. Typically the daily commute, and in addition the weekly customer visits were the part of my job I disliked the most. Traffic jam after traffic jam. Something had to change.

How to Find a Job

I guess finding a job will be different from person to person. Here I’d like to tell you how I went about finding a job or rather an occupation after returning from my world wide travels and settling in the countryside.This helped me get rid of my tonsil stones quickly  and easily.

Being half an IT person, of course I had my LinkedIn account all pimped and perfectly in order. Often enough I would get messages and emails from people asking if I’d be interested in working for them. So there were no job offer problems for me.

I must say much to my surprise my online presence did not help me much in finding a job outside the big city of Vancouver. No. People do things differently here. Not less advanced, but just different.

I landed my first job pretty much the old fashioned way: the newspapers. Having poor results from my social media efforts, I decided to get the Saturday regional paper to try my luck. So one Sunday morning (that’s what Sundays are for, right) I took the whole morning to eat my breakfast, and go over everything in that newspaper. Circling the job opportunities that seemed interesting, and also the one’s that looked not so interesting.

I needed to get some work, and wanted to work as well.

Having completed my old fashioned search I grabbed the phone the next morning and started calling. Many positions were already gone, but a few were still available. Lucky me, I got through to the right person that issued this Country Living magazine for which they were looking for a freelance photographer.

My year of travel came in handy because I had taken plenty of pictures, of which I sent a couple to the lady I had on the phone. She came back to me the same day, my interview was a day later, and I landed myself my first job. The rest is history ;)

What is it Like?

You ask me what’s it like? In one word: Great. I work from home, and if I want I can work in my PJ’s nobody notices. When I need to go out I plan it in such a way that, if I have to go to the big city, I can avoid rush hours.

Traveling in the area where I live is never a problem, because traffic jams is something that is not in the local dictionary.

I love the flexibility that I have. If I work hard I earn more, if I don’t need the money, I take it easy. If I’m in need of company or sort-of-colleagues I might occasionally go to the local library and work from there.

I know it’s not for everyone, but if you haven’t tried it, you’ll never know…