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The age-old struggle between Anglos and Francos becomes oh so apparent when looking for a job. It’s mildly discouraging when every store clerk and sales person has a French accent. But have no fear Anglos; it is possible to find a job in this city! You just have to know where to look and how to look for it.
1. See What Universities Have To Offer
Most English speaking universities, such as Concordia and McGill, have some sort of job program for their students. There are lots of jobs available in school departments such as IT, Human Resources, Food Prep and call centers. Another option is checking out your university's exclusive online job banks. These programs check out employers to make sure they’re legit and only offer the ads to students. Concordia has HOJO and McGill has myFuture. Check em’ out.
2. Westmount Is Your New BFF
Thank god for Westmount. If you’re new to the city and are not sure what Westmount is, then let us explain. It’s an on island suburb that has a generally wealthy and English speaking community. Hallelujah! Quick tip: jobs in Westmount don’t generally appear on online, so it’s better to actually go down there and hand out resumes. Since most of the shops are small businesses and independently owned, it looks good to apply face to face with the owner.
3. Remember Anglo Jobs Are Seasonal
Labor driven jobs (construction, kitchen work) are going to be a good place for Anglos to start looking because the positions don’t require a lot of talking. Summer jobs are your opportunity to make that cash flow, and applications start now! Be prepared for the floodgates on applicable jobs to open soon.
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4. Volunteer Your Butt Off
While you’re still on the job hunt, in the meantime you should be building those connections. Seriously amazing volunteer opportunities are much more willing to take us Anglo folks on. Look at it this way, even if you’re not getting paid, it’s a much better use of your time than sitting at home staring at your dwindling bank account. A lot of the time volunteer positions can turn into full time jobs (if you’re good at what you do, obvi) and even if they don’t it looks hella fresh on a resume.
5. Apply EVERYWHERE
Seriously, it doesn’t matter if it is snow shoveling or babysitting, just apply. Obviously don’t go out responding to the “GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS WILL PAY BIG CASH FOR MASSAGE!!!!1! SEND PICS” ads on Craigslist, but don’t let yourself be intimidated either. Go into every store with a help wanted sign. Fill out an online application even if it says they need someone who speaks French. You never know who is going to hire an Anglo, so widen your search and don’t get discouraged.
6. Maybe… I Dunno… Learn French?
So, yeah. You’re probably sick of hearing it, but you should really learn the language. Not only that but Montreal WANTS you to learn French! For instance, at Edu – Inter, there are opportunities to learn French in a bunch of different ways; from private weekly tutoring to actually living with a French family out in rural Quebec. There are honestly so many options to choose from and it will be worth it, we promise.
7. Keep At It
In a city like Montreal jobs turn over super quickly. Like, surprisingly fast. And being an “undesirable“ Anglo you are already at a disadvantage. So to make up for your lack of French, you have to be proactive. Check your email, refresh job search pages, and pound the pavement at least once a week. If you keep on it, the right job won't pass you by.