Finding Job in Vancouver

The first and most common question everybody does : “Is there a jobs in Vancouver?” and the answer is YES

Well, but the same question and answer could be valid to all and each parts of the world. Because, what kind of jobs are we talking about? Sure, jobs are everywhere but perhaps not the kind of jobs you are looking for… or perhaps yes! Who knows. So then, lets analyze symply the laboral world in Vancouver city:

First, the minimum salary is based on 10.45CAD /hour (7 Euro more or less).

And as in the first answer, there is a lot fo work, but specially unqualified  jobs, but a lot of that kind of jobs (you can see everywhere that they need to hire people) normally in customer service area and barista. 

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As there is much demand on this kind of jobs, previous experience is not a must  (but sure it helps) and sometimes they give you a week of training to show you how to work.  I know some people that with their little knowledge on their jobs, are being a waitress or caring children in families that they need a babysiter.

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But has you have realized this jobs are just focused on getting money, no with more expectatives and are temporaryPero como os habréis dado cuenta, estos trabajos es simplemente ir a por el dinero, sin ganas de crecer en un campo o área específica.

To access or find  this jobs from outside Vancouver will be very difficult. Is better to have the working holiday visa  and once you are here, go personally  to the retails and storres, giving your Resume by yourself, because then they can see who are you, they can speak with you a bit and have the first impresion of you. This method is very valued.

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The best temporary works (if you do not mind what to do) to earn as much as you can? Surely it is as a waitress in a unique and specialized restaurant (not mcdolands or those kind of chain restaurants). Why? Due the super known mandatory tips you receive in every serve you do.

Easily in a lowest level worker situation that it can earns 1.200 CAD monthly, you can obtain another extra wage of +400 CAD, making in total a 1.600 CAD salary!! It is awesome if you are a new starter on your work, isn’t it? But it has its bad part also, for example the schedule, that it can goes from 6 pm until close the store at 12 or 1 am… with other extra works as cleaning, picking up scum, kicking off the people, closing the entire restaurant…

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By the other hand, both in summer and in winter there are a lot of demand to work in mountain resorts related in areas as ski, snowboarding, trekking… so tourism and hospitality in natural and rustic places is another of the most demanded things in Canada.

Mention that there are also companies that are willing to help you find a job in exchange for money-money, but all they do is send you to job interviews, becasue they have found some offer  in internet that sounds it can fit with your professional profile and send them to you (in other words, they do not care deeply if the job really can match you or not).

To me, they seems to be simple moneytakers and they are expensive and you, by yourself I think you can get work faster. Not worth it. (Besides as you pay them to help you find work, it does not look so nice in the end).

Now, lets check some webpage that they can be usefull to find your dreaming job (lol).

Obviously there are millions of webs where to find a work, but I am gonna tell you two of most effective that they will help you to fill your Canadian dream.

  • CRAIGLISTS.COM

First, we have the famous Craiglists.com. On there people is looking for job, accomodation, selling/buying objects, they meet up… so is for everythign ang lot of people use it.

Here everyone can post, with the advantage or disadvanteges that this brings, and it could not be a specific portal for finding job, but you can get, believe me.
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As I said, dont wait to find the best work in the world here, it is just a big database where you need to look for the most wage paying work. Thats all.

  •  INDEED.COM

The other job searching portal, and more serious than Cragilist is the one called  indeed.

Here you must register and create your own profile with your own studies, work experiences… so you need to make your own resume on their portal and then, the companies that are in contact with indeed, can check your information and profile easily. Even you also can find yourself a non cualifiad jobs, of course.

I encourgae you to use both portals once you are in Canada, or even before you move here, to see how it works and what they ask in there.

Public Transport

In Vancouver there are 3 kind of public transports vehicles: The*Skytrain*, Seabus and the normal Bus.

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Those are interconnected with a single pass card called Compass card, that cost 5$ to get. Once you get one, you can use it in the three kind of transports mentioned previously.

This is so convenient, due you can recharge the balance of the card with any amount you want.

But if you are going to stay a large period in Vancouver, there is also a possibility to obtain a Monthly pass card, that as you can guess, is a compass card for a whole natural month. (Later I will explain you more about that).

If you do not want to get any compass card, a single ticket for one way costs 2,75 CAD (That takes around 90 minutes its use and you can use the times you want, to go wherever you want).

Also you need to take in account that the  stops are divided by zones  and depending to which zone you want to go, the ticket price varies. (That is something I personally do not understand and can not see the logic on that). Ok I will do the work for you and give you all the zone fares:

ZONE 1 (Yellow): 2,75$
ZONE 2 (Red): 4,00$
ZONE 3 (Green): 5,50$

Normally you will be on the Zone 1, because is the downtown zone and where you will go more often to do/see/party/visit/whatever in the city. The other zones… well there are just zones where people is happy with their own small and cute house, having sometimes the visit of the Grizzlies….but nice zones after all (but not for visiting). But in any case, be aware when you are moving with the zones.

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Also tell you that the weekends, holidays and every single day after 6:30 on the noon,  all becomes as it was one unique zone, and so all it will cost the minimum (and here I ask myself again if they just want to make people(workers and students) pay more on a normal day and timeframe? I do not understand the price strategy, sincerely).

Returning to the compass card point, as I mentioned, if you are going to stay a whole month you MUST get the compass monthly card, that you pay one quantity per month and you have unlimited rides and uses of any transport in that month. But here same again, depending among which zones you want to move you will pay different prices:

ZONE 1: 91 $
  ZONE 2: 124 $
 ZONE 3: 170 $

If you are in the middle of the month and you are asking yourself if it is reasonable to get the Monthly pass or not, I would do it if still there are 17 days left, or what is the same you are in 13th day of that month. Because lets suppose you are going to use some transport every day, and not just to go, but go and back. So those are 17 days x 2 ways per day = 34 travels. So you are paying 91 CAD for 34 travels.

Now if we calculate same but with simple ticket, 34 travels x 2,75 Dolars are= 93.5$ a bit more than a monthly pass cost (and with monthly pass you are not limited, remember). But this calculations depends in each ones situation doing according to your own needs.

As advice, I will tell you that once you get the compass card, and specially if you obtain the Monthly passregister it on internet www.translink.com because is very convenient if you lost or you get stolen. Because if you lost and you do not have registered, you may buy another new one with the new balance. (I knew some girl who pays a monthly fare of 91 $ and in two days she lost it and as she had not registered the card, she bought another one by other 91 $!!! crazy!! Is she had registered she was not going to pay anything again!)

And of course…. wherever you are willing to stay in Vancouver, please CHOSE TO BE IN ZONE 1!!

Tips and Taxes

The tips and taxes are something to take into account in Vancouver and in all Canada.

And sometimes is hard to understand and think like a Canadian over these topics-issues when you are purchasing products or services. I will explain:

Taxes (Tax)

In almost all the world, the price that you mark in the stores or in the menus of the restaurants or wherever the place where appears a numeric value of any product / service, is the FINAL price that you are going to pay. That means the taxes are included.

But not here. The fact is that in Vancouver, there is something that I don’t understand (but I guess it must have a reason) because in the majority of prices you see they do not include the TAX (taxes) on almost anything you are going or want to buy.

So you can see something is worth price that says it cost 5 CAD dollar, then you pick up product, prepare that amount of money and then the checker tells you that the price is 5.33 dollars.

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Really? We have to mentally calculate the percentage of rates you have included?

And sure, those 33 cents is not a round price, so often they don’t give you those 2 cents they should give you back because you can not give them the right price so in the end you are  paying a little more.

That means, it does not have a big sense for the final consumer, because you can not calculate easily the final price, especially if you have a tight budget to shopping, is not easy to know how many things you can buy and how much it will cost you everything..

Tips

This part of tips  is also something that makes me a bit mess.

For example, tips in Spain depends on you, if you really liked the service, you leave the tip you want or even many times you pay just what the product costs  without tips, (especially if there is no humane treatment in this purchase).

But in Vancouver the tips are “mandatory” depending in which services. Sure you always have the option to do not pay any tip and it could have no negative response from the bar/restaurant (in some cases I forgot to pay the tip because I was not used to do that) but is considered as something very rude and even someone could tell you like “hey, you do not have included the tip”… so be careful with that.

And the percentages are between  12 to 16% of the total price you get! Fuck as if it was just a small tip!

Here you see a photo on as you get pay card for tipping machines of like that tipping in percentage or amount:

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The thing is that at sites where you ask for something and they give you at the moment, for example fast food such as McDonald or Costco store must not give anything, because they are limited to give you the service.

But in other restaurants, where the person would like to welcome you, tells you “how are you today” (which is something that personally I don’t like, because I don’t know anything you ask me how I am, if I’m wrong I’m not going to say so you know that my answer is going to be “great”, “fine” or whatever it is, apart from the fact that I see something like forced because it is your work and say why) so I don’t see it natural and I feel uncomfortable) or they ask you in the middle of your conversation at dinner with friends that ‘if all is well’, in worrying for you plan (more than once happened to me that I was chewing and asks me aunt that if I need something or it is all good and I plan “do not you see that I’m chewing soul of pitcher?” and answer him as he could be all ok) and follow him without seeing, because involved in half of something we are enjoying…

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It’s funny because being a country as cosmopolitan as Canada and speaking with other people of different nationalities, also think like me plan “that give me the service I want and let me quiet events, eating and talking to people, I will tell you I if I need something”.

With this I mean that a meal that is worth you $12, with taxes and tips, quietly you up to $15.

In fact in Warehouse where everything is supposed that it is worth 4.99 dollars, you just always paying $9 of real price by the tips and taxes mentioned above.