As soon as I got to Cronulla, I knew it wasn’t going to work out. There was no particular reason, though one could easily cite the distance:
I just knew.
So, when after being there for a couple days, the job and sublet that I thought I’d sorted seemed to unsort themselves, I knew my best bet was to get to the city–and fast.
Only, with 2 suitcases and a carry on, plus another bag of food, no car and no friends to call, how exactly was I going to do that? I’d thought while I was here that I would join a carshare, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Since I was doing things in a bit of a rush, I needed to go to the company’s headquarters in order to sort my membership. As soon, as I walked in, I noticed the casual vibe and said to the guy helping me, “You’re in jeans? I wear jeans. I could totally work here!”
He said that I should drop my résumé off when I brought the car back later, which I did, and thought to myself, “What if it were that easy and I got a job the day I moved to Sydney?”
Days went by and I didn’t hear anything. I called to check in and was told that I would be contacted in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I scoured the sites here : Seek, Gumtree, The Loop, Portfolio & Reel and, my personal favourite, Pedestrian. I walked around, popping into places with signs on their windows. I did not commit what should be justifiable arson when I was told, “Oh, we actually JUST hired someone, but we haven’t taken the sign down yet,” or, “You came at the wrong time! There’s heaps of stuff in summer.”
I called in favours.
I read What Color is Your Parachute?
I even went into the CBD (what they call downtown here) and signed up with 3 different recruitment agencies which do temp staffing for corporate offices–when I’m about as corporate as a henna tattoo and pair of Old Navy flip flops.
I was nervous. And confused and frustrated. And sick with the very real worry that I was going to run out of money and have to go home.
(Side note: in the meantime, I had been picking up shifts at a restaurant, which was great, but very casual and not exactly a sustainable amount of money in the third most expensive city in the world, after Tokyo and Osaka.)
I thought back to the carshare.
Their website still said that they were hiring, so I decided to try again and send another, updated, résumé.
I was called in for an interview on Wednesday. It seemed to go well, and I had a good feeling, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much. They said that they still had a few more interviews to conduct and that they would let me know by Tuesday.
As I was walking into work tonight, I got a call.
“We are offering you the job. We need your energy here.”
Funny how the wrong things turn into the right ones. 🙂
I start on the 30th. I am so damn excited!!
“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”