Thursday, October 19, 2006

A few more workshops at the employment resource centre done and a visit to my wife's lawyer.
Looks like things are going upwards with us. With a bit of luck the legal problems of my wife will be resolved before the end of the week, and I got contacted by a recruiter who thinks he can set me up with a few job interviews. He sais that with my experience it should be not too hard to get me working pretty soon. So I hope the best of it :-)

Wednesday I had a course "Transition to Employment" in which things like counseling, job training, building experience and so on were discussed. And the possibility to contact a counselor to help you out. I asked the "teacher" if it would be a good thing for me to contact a counselor already sicne I'm only like one and a half weeks here. He told me just to call, better early than late. Despite of this I think I'll wait a bit and first see what the recruiter can do for me or if I can find something myself.

Today there was a course "howto contact prospective employers". The course was mainly about cold-calling. In the Netherlands they mean only calling by thelephone by this, but here it's also going there with your resume and asking if you can speak with someone from Human Resources. Or even sending in your Resume to a company that has no current job offers. It's worth to try if the current options do not give me results. First I'll try the traditional job-searching and I'll see what the recruiter will bring me.

Tomorrow I'll have a course in interview techniques, and also a course "How to get a job and keep it" I am sure they will tell me a lot of things again that I actually know, but they always can give me new advice. And this way I also get to know what is different in Canada compared to the Netherlands. With a lot of the courses there was a lot of "oh yeah, ofcourse" and repeating what I actiually kind of knew. Good refreshing of things. And some new things to think of. Therefore I just take any course that might be interesting in regards to getting a job. Ofcourse it does help that I've been through an outplacement traject in between my last two jobs. And the Mansal course "client aimed acting" I had a couple of years ago helps too. Apart from that there is also a lot of just being able to behave well and to think well. And prepare well. So I will take any help I can get :-D

Other than that things are going okay here. My wife is a bit ill this week, which doesn't really help. Catched a cold, severe headages and so on. Hope that will get better soon, cause it's not fun and it's also very bad for her mood. Oh well, we'll get through it.

Greetings to everyone reading this.
Hope things are going well for you.
Take care

Sunday, October 15, 2006

I arrived in Canada on sunday October 8th.
The flight was going well, but I had a hard time saying goodbye to my parents and sister. I know I am going to miss them a lot.

Going through customs wasn't a big problem either. Showed my papers, got a picture taken, got some folders and in Canada I was. Had to sign some papers too first though. It was good to get together with Alanna again. Tamara was there together with her too to pick me up.

Monday october 9th was thanksgiving.
A day with a lot of cooking going on. Nothing much else could be done anyway. We had stuffed turkey that night. Jaron's girlfriend Celine came over for dinner too. It was the first time I met her. She's a nice girl :-)

Tuesday I got my SIN. Thats a Social Insurance Number here in Canada. I need it to get things done in Canada like finding and taking a job, opening a bank account and so on. I also went to an employment resource centre to see what they could do for me in regards to finding a job. They set me in for a few courses to help me further. For last wednessday and thursday it was improvement of my resume and cover letter. the coming week it's going to be courses for changing to a job and contacting possible employers. And the week after I get a 3 hour course on negotiation for salary and things like that. Pretty nice they got things like that here... and all for free too.

Trying to get my OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) isnt' working yet. I got time to do that till January 8th though. I need proof that I am residing in ontario, which means a document that states I am living on the adress I do. his can be a bank statement, drivers test or something like that. But it hasto be from a canadian organisation and the list is limited too. So I'll haveto get me something like that... Might mean I haveto open a bank account soon.... Unless I find a different solution because there are some reasons for me not to take a bank account yet. I will not go into detals about that though.

Friday and saturday I bought missing parts for my computer like a computer case, modem, keyboard and monitor. The other parts I had taken with me from the Netherlands. So that together with getting the account working again makes that I'm back online. It's only a dialup connection though. Still... it's better than nothing. I plan to get on high-speed internet after I get a job and move with my wife and her kids to a new and bigger place to live. Also I haveto decide wether to go for Rogers (Cable) or Bell (ADSL) high-speed internet. At the moment it looks like it might be Bell, but I am not sure yet. There are some things I haveto find out first. I heard someone say something about limitations with Rogers (download limit... getting slower after certain amounts of data download) but one company selling rogers cable internet told me that for the regular and higher speed ones there would be no limits. (light and altra light have limitations but that's the same with Bell) Oh well, it's going to be a few months before I haveto decide on that.

Tomorrow I have nothing planned. Possibly some shopping needs to be done and in the afternoon we have some things to do at the library. Also at 7 pm I am going to the first evening in a series of a course from teh catholic church here about catechism and so on.... together with my wife that is. For her it's good to learn more about being a Catholic, cause she wants to become one, and for me it's good to see how things are going in Canada and what's different here compared to the Netherlands. The service this morning had a lot of similar thigns I recognised from services in the Netherlands. I could even sing with the opening song, same melody as one sang in the Netherlands often, only an english text on it. I dodn't get the way the book for the service works yet though. So I hope they'll tell me during the course. Otherwise I'm sure I'll find ou in the coming weeks during the coming services....

So all in all things are going okay for me now.
Hope I'll find a job soon and get things going :-)

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Tomorrow is the big day.
Tomorrow I am goin gto move to Canada.
Packing was harder than I imagined, I have a suitcase more than planned and was able to take less stuff in it than I imagined. Or maybe I just have more than I imagined.
In a few moments I will also pack my small VIA EPIA computer as the last thing to pack, apart from my toothbrush and so. I might haveto repack some things though.

The last day's I have been very restless.
With the day coming closer and closer.
Said goodbye to many relatives and friends.
This afternoon still a quick visit to Scouting and tonight dinner with my parents and sister.
And than tomorrow morning I will be leaving for the airport.

I will miss things here.
I will miss my family and friends, the nice job I had, choir and even scouting somehow.
While I wasn't a scouting leader anymore for 3 quarters of a year already, I somehow still felt a bit connected. Funny how those things go. And I can see the people closest to me having problems too, feeling restless and already feeling the loss of having me close. The same counts for me ofcourse.

But at least I will be together with my wife tomorrow evening.
The day after it's thanksgiving and after that it will be starting a new life for me.
Find a job. After that find a better appartment to live in and get things going.
Hope that will not take too much time. I am sure as soon as I get a good job, everything else will be going well too.

Tomorrow I will say goodbye to the Netherlands.
I hope to be able to come back for a visit or vacation in 2008.