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I’m Tracy Au and I have graduated from the Professional Writing program from university. I am an aspiring screenwriter, so this blog is used to promote my writing and attract people who will hire me to write for your TV show or movie. I write a lot about writing, TV, movies, jokes, and my daily life and opinions. I have another blog promoting my TV project at

Friday, July 8, 2016

job search/ career brainstorming

Apr. 28, 2015 Revisit old jobs:

I applied to some bank positions.

I also applied to some of Clothing Store #3 positions since I worked there back in 2008.  I applied to 10 positions.

Apr. 29, 2015 Food counter Attendant #2 job: I passed my resume to this place again.  I worked there 5 yrs ago for a day back in Apr. 2010.  I really doubts she remembers me.  She said there are lots of applicants because of the college kids coming out of school.

I only worked there for a day because it was so quiet.  There were like 6 customers in 3 hrs.

The Office Supply store: I worked there for a month back in 2006.  I had gotten laid off from Call Centre #1 so that's why I worked at the Office Supply store.  I bided my time for a month and then got a job at Call Centre #2 which is where I really wanted to work at.

I looked up on the Office Supply store website and there are no jobs in Edmonton.  I know they closed down their stores, but there could be corporate jobs.

Café #1: I worked there for 3 days back in 2007.  I told you about how there were 3 Arabs in their late 20s and 30s who worked there.  I was a redundant 4th worker.

I passed my resume to them yesterday.  Now I applied on their Kijiji ad.

Writer jobs: At Job Bank, I typed in "writer" and there were 2 technical writer positions and 1 service writer position.

I typed in "publishing" and there was an administrative secretary with programmer.

May. 1, 2015 Telemarketer #1: I worked there as a Telemarketer #1 job in 2012.  I was dismissed after 4 days when I didn't sell anything.  There are some positions, but not telemarketers there.  I have applied and did a interview as a administrative assistant.

Telemarketer #2: I worked as a Telemarketer #2 job in 2012.  The same thing with getting dismissed after 4 days.  I applied to work as a telemarketer again in Sept. 2014.  I emailed my resume and got a call that the telemarketer office is in Toronto.  Now I see on the website.

My plan: Now I did 3 job interviews and I'll see if I can get a second part-time job. 

1. Hopefully an office job, preferably FT.  Mon- Fri.
2. Then an office job, even PT. Mon.- Fri.
3. Get a second part-time regular job at a restaurant, retail, or call centre.

I need to have some available hours so I can go to job interviews at offices.

May 6, 2015 Leasing administrator: Today I went to a job interview as a leasing administrator.

May 7, 2015 Academy of Anesthetics: After work I read the newspaper for 45 min and then my friend and I went to this Academy in WEM.  I was there for a info session about it. 

May 13, 2015 Craigslist: Now I'm going to Craigslist to look for a job for the first time.  I go to other sites.

Revisit: I went out in person to these places:

Call Centre #4
Call Centre #3
Café #2- I worked there for a few months in 2007 during my summer break in college.  I passed my resume to 2 locations.

Juice Place #2- I worked there for a day back in 2010.  I applied to another location.
Juice Place #1- I applied to another location.

Are they hiring?: I remember passing out 80 resumes in 6 months in 2009, and only got 1 call back.  I told this to my friend Angela and she asked if they were even hiring.  Most of them weren't.

Go on the internet and there are lots of places that are hiring so you apply there.

Sept. 7, 2015 Revisit job fair: I'm going through my old papers and I had went to a job fair at MacEwan in 2014.

Provincial Emergency Communications Centre: This is a 911 operator position in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

There are 911 operator jobs in Edmonton.  I went to the City of Edmonton website, and those jobs are like rotating shifts, like some days and some overnights.

PTI Group: It's way in the south side.  I see a new change:

"PTI Group is now Civeo, a global workforce accommodation specialist.

At you'll find the same great services you expect from PTI Group.

Civeo is a global workforce accommodation specialist with a track record of success in developing, owning and operating facilities that are strategically located to serve natural resource industries. Our success is built on the efforts of people who thrive on solving the logistical challenges of working at lodges and villages in remote locations. We value our people and place the highest priority on providing a safe workplace and a positive work environment."

There are a lot of Fort McMurray jobs.  It's for kitchen, laundry workers for now.

Oct. 6, 2015 Edmonton Police Commission: They put an ad in the Edmonton Journal for this position in a committee.  It turns out $150 for less than 3 hr meeting, and $300 for a meeting longer that 3hrs.

It's 30-40 hrs of volunteer a month. 

Dec. 28, 2015 Posting job articles: I was going through Linked In today and someone shared an article on their profile.  I was like: "I've been posting job articles on my blog "Tracy's Blog" all year of 2015."

I have been posting writing articles about books, TV, and movies on my The Vertex Fighter blog since 2011.  I still haven't been discovered as a TV writer and producer.

Now that I think about it, I should be putting these job articles up that came out that year.  Have you noticed that most of the ones I put up are mainly 2011-2012?  There are some from before that time, and some from 2013-2014.

Is there anyone here who thought the articles seem really dated with bad tips?

Homelessness in Edmonton: I found this article on Linked In:

Edmonton may outperform the rest of Canada in many economic indicators, but the percentage of our population that is homeless is equal to Vancouver’s and higher than Toronto’s, reports a 2013 Wellesley Institute and Canadian Homelessness Research Fund study. Each long-term homeless person costs taxpayers approximately $100,000 every year in policing, ambulance services and psychiatric hospital beds, according to the Edmonton Homeless Commission. The report says housing and support services could cost as little as $35,000 per year annually (but up to $180,000).

My opinion: I have really been looking for a job where I can help people in a deep and meaningful way.  I want to work for an anti-poverty cause.  Besides work for a charity and volunteer.  How do I get paid to help poor people?

Or should I settle and only donate money to charities?

Day off: Today is my day off.  I usually get 1 whole day off a month.  I work everyday, but I do get evenings off.  I work about 35 hrs a week so it's full-time.

Today was very productive where I looked for a job, read the business section of the newspaper, posted my job articles onto my blog, and did some brainstorming on careers.

I have to ask myself the right questions: "What are your interests and how can you make a profession out of it?"

I work in restaurants because I'm interested in it and I like it.  I like the free food (or discount on it), and hustle and bustle of the environment.

I even put this on my Facebook status update: What job and industry should I go into?

Mar. 23, 2016 Medcruise: Earlier this month I asked "Is this a scam?"  This is probably the 3rd email I sent asking my friends this in the past 2 months. One of my friends D emailed this:

I don't think it is a scam as they aren't asking you for any kind of banking information or asking you to send money or anything like that. I looked up medcruise and their website seems legit, also. The only strange thing is that Samantha's email is a .ca address. That isn't a huge deal, as they may truly have Canadian offices, but I would suggest contacting someone from the website to see if she is legit.

My opinion: Now that's a good tip.

However, showed the papers to my dad and he said he found it to be skeptical.

Jun. 16, 2016 Printing company: I thought of working at a printing company when I was rereading my Papercuts magazine.  The magazine was printed in an Edmonton printing company.  I did a couple of interviews at printing companies before to be a receptionist.  It's close to the writing industry.

Though I'm sure some of you guys may think it's more office work and how I'm not exactly writing.

Jun. 23, 2016 Staffing agencies: I never thought I would say this, but I recommended a co-worker to a staffing agency.  He got a job that doesn't start in a month, and he only works at my restaurant 1 or 2 days.  He might as well work for a staffing agency for a month, and make some money before his other job starts.

Jun. 29, 2016 Job articles: I am looking through my box of news articles and finding the job articles to put up.  It turns out though I have put up a lot from 2011-2012, there have been some from 2015.  Now my new habit is that as soon as I find an article in the paper that I want to write about, I put it in my email draft box right away instead of putting it in a box to write about it later.

I have been looking for a job, but I feel a lack of motivation so I read and put up these articles. 

Work routine: I have mainly been working at my 1st restaurant job on the weekends, and my 2nd restaurant job on the weekday mornings.  I wake up early to look for a job on the internet.  After an hr I go and read the business section of the newspaper before I go to work.

Today I broke from routine because I'm going through my old job articles.

Cenovus: I found this ad from a job magazine Career Connections fall 2011.  There's only a Calgary location.


PharmaChoice: Have you heard of them before?  It's only in Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.

Bird Construction Company: This is another job ad in the magazine.  It's really far away from me in Edmonton.  It's a big company with lots of locations in Canada.  They don't have any positions I could apply to.  The website is good.

Chartered Accountants of Alberta: The website is good.  I was never good at math.

My week:

Jul. 1, 2016 Why can't the future be like this: I cut out this little article by Andrew Fifield in the Metro on Jul. 22, 2014.  It is a funny picture of a huge cat holding a man with his mouth.

Alberta min. wage: Great news, the min. wage will be increased from $11.20 an hr to $12.20 an hr on Oct. 1, 2016.

Jul. 5, 2016: The above news was the best news all day.  That's because it affects my pay. 

I'm sure there are a lot of you, this news doesn't affect you because of your pay and jobs.  However, I'm sure a lot of you are like: "It's good that people are getting a raise.  There are teens and college kids who need to pay for college and this well help them."

Day off: Canada Day was my day off.  I woke up early and did my job search and read the business section of the newspaper, and the rest of the paper. 

I also typed up a bit of job articles onto my email drafts that I will send/ post later.

In the afternoon, my little brother P was hogging the TV by watching the DVR.  So I went outside and read the short stories I got from Creative Non-fiction class in Professional Writing.  The weather was nice.

Between: Then P finished watching 2 hrs of TV and I got to watch this TV show.  This was the highlight of my day.  I got to watch the season 2 premiere that I recorded on CityTV.

After that I read some more short stories, and prepared to give them to my co-worker S.  I had dinner.

Zoo: I then watched 2 episodes of this show.  Season 2 came out last week.  I watched the whole 1st season last summer.  I thought it was average.

That's the thing with summer, there aren't a lot of TV shows to watch, so you watch shows that you don't love.


TV shows trapped in a town: It was first done in Under the Dome that came out in 2013.

Between and Wayward Pines came out in 2015.

Containment came out in 2016.  Right now I'm watching Between, Wayward Pines, and Containment this summer.

Played: I also watched the 3 episodes I missed last summer of this Canadian TV show about undercover cops.  I watched it on M3 in summer 2015.  I watched the 3 episodes this summer on CTV.  I would say this show is average.  If there was a second season, I would watch it, if it came out in the summer.

Canadian shows debut when it's not the fall: My main complaint about Played was: "Who decided to put a new Canadian TV show out in the fall season?"  Most Canadian TV shows come out in mid- season (Jan) like Republic of Doyle and the summer like The Listener and Rookie Blue.  I was looking up Motive and it came out in May for the first 2 seasons, then Mar. in the 3rd season, and Jul. in the 4th season.

The fall season is way too competitive.  If you want a Canadian TV show to succeed, never put it in the fall.  I know Heartland came out in the fall 2007, and it is still here.  That show is the exception to Canadian TV and not the rule.

Have you ever noticed how there are so many Canadian shows that come out in mid- season, spring, and summer?


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