So I had come to the conclusion that I didn’t enjoy working in retail, especially with a bachelors degree, but I wasn’t getting many interviews, despite applying for 3-5 jobs a week. Around the same time a wonderful boy, and some new friends came into my life. Many of them had just graduated as well, and had fallen into full time jobs through temp agencies. I saw this as my way out of retail, and into the working world.
I contacted two temporary staffing agencies in Calgary, Robert Half Office Team, and Mark Staffing. I was interviewed by both agencies, and completed skill testing for my computer program skills like Microsoft Word and Excel. I aced the tests, and both agencies seemed to really like me. I was well on my way to being a full time temp employee, and hopefully landing a full time job, or so I thought. It took a few weeks, but I got a call one day from Office Team that they had a job in a big company’s HR department for a six-week contract. Before they gave me the companies name I had to accept the job, so I did, and learned I would be working at Shaw Communications for 6-weeks with the possibility of my contract being extended, or the job becoming permanent. So I gave my notice to the Gap, and prepared to start at Shaw, a company that has been high on my list of companies to work for since I started university.
I started at Shaw, and was given a really cool project within an awesome team of ladies. Shaw was going paperless in some of their HR reporting, so my job was to validate the hierarchy within the organization. That involved managing a hierarchy validation tool, as well as contacting all the leaders in the organization or their assistants. On a daily basis I was communicating with the CEO, Senior Vice Presidents and Team leaders within the organization of over 15,000 employees. Once the validation was completed, I was in charge of creating a new hire package that incorporated the new branding that Shaw had recently started using. I was really enjoying my time at Shaw, and made some great connections while I was there. One of the people I met with was the Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility. She was great, and I think she would have loved to hire me if she had it in her budget to do so.
Six weeks flew by, and before I knew it I was meeting with my boss to discuss my future at Shaw. Once again, she said she would have loved to hire me, but unfortunately, with it being the middle of their fiscal year, there was no budget left. My contract at Shaw would be ending on schedule, and starting the next Monday, I would be unemployed. No Gap and no Shaw. Later on that week, I got a call from a job I had applied for before I even started at Shaw. Decidedly Jazz, was finally looking at interviewing for the job they had advertised a few weeks before I started at Shaw.
I had a few days to prepare for my interview, and was a little worried going in that I didn’t have the qualifications required. However, they wanted to interview me, and they knew I didn’t have all the qualifications, so maybe that was okay. I got to my interview, and knew almost instantly that the job wasn’t going to be mine. The lady interviewing seemed to like me, but it was clear through her questions that I wasn’t experienced enough for the role regardless of my passion for marketing and non-profits.
I left my interview, not very optimistic, and with a fire under my bum to find a job that I was qualified for.