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My surprising stint as letter carrier for Canada Post.

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Actually the position was Temporary On-Call Letter Carrier meaning they can call you anytime (or not) for a few hours of work (or not).

It was last spring and freelance was slow when I’d seen this opportunity and it was just 5 minutes away from home.

I’d remembered that as a kid I’d thought that delivering mail was such a neat job so I figured, why not go for it. It might be fun and I could easily work around it when the freelance woke up again.

I applied online and immediately upon completing, I received the typical automatic reply along the lines of, only those candidates deemed worthy of human contact will be notified. Blah, blah, blah.

No surprise here.

A week later I received an email from Canada Post HR inviting me to take their online assessment otherwise know as the General Abilities Test.

No surprise here. I obviously nailed it.

After passing the 90-minute online test, the following steps were up next, all of which needed to be completed successfully to carry on down the rabbit hole:

  • Personnel Screening Part 1 / Interview for which a character reference, driver’s abstract and passport were required.
  • Personnel Screening Part 2 / fingerprinting
  • Pre-Placement Functional Assessment at a physiotherapy clinic.
  • Then thirteen days of training with both a written and practical test.

No surprise here either. After all, hiring is tough and you hope to get it done the first time, right?

I was successful in completing all the above and soon began getting calls to come in to work. I was a postman albeit a temporary on-call postman.

Sadly it only took 48 sporadic hours of work over 6 weeks to realize that this wasn’t
for me.

No surprise here as well.
Note: I have a newfound respect for the folks who do this day-in, day-out.

What is surprising however is that Canada Post didn’t follow up to find out why I quit which I can only assume is standard practice.

After developing such an involved screening process and substantially investing both time and money for training, I would want to know where things fell short.
Wouldn’t you?

Maybe the process needs a little tweaking or maybe even a complete rethink but they won’t know because they don’t follow up.

However this is Canada Post I’m talking about and for many people
there’s no surprise here.

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March Madness

March is about looking forward to the coming of Spring, the excitement of college basketball and most importantly, taking a break to spend time with family.

March can also be a time for minor breakdowns.

Where to go, what to do, how will the work get done while I’m gone
and who can I trust with it so I won’t worry about it.

This may be where I come in.

I offer off-site help with graphic design, final art, art direction and more so you can feel just a little bit easier about the looming madness of March Break.

It is coming.

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Money.

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Money, get away
Get a good job with good pay and you’re okay
Money, it’s a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
New car, caviar, four star daydream
Think I’ll buy me a football team

Money, get back
I’m all right Jack keep your hands off of my stack
Money, it’s a hit
Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit
I’m in the high-fidelity first class traveling set
And I think I need a Lear jet

Money, it’s a crime
Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie
Money, so they say
Is the root of all evil today
But if you ask for a rise
It’s no surprise that they’re giving none away
Away away away
Away away away

– lyrics from Pink Floyd’s ‘Money’ from album, The Dark Side of the Moon. Listen to money here.

Now I’m going to spend some and download the album.

Trolling for work

Summer time is typically a slow time for freelance work so what better way to pass the time than combining my two passions.

Here are my first two casts in search of a lunker of a project.

(If you do happen to like these, there will be a third one coming soon unless I land that elusive big one beforehand!)

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Subject line: Swoosh. Flutter Splash.

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e-blast 2
Subject line: Tease. Jerk. Hit.

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No soup for you!

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Stop missing out on the fun stuff just because of all that darn work piled up in front of you.

It’s simple.

Just call Ged. He can help you get back on track so you can get back to enjoying all the little things you’ve been missing; like that bowl of soup you’ve reheated for the third time and still haven’t been able to dip your spoon into.

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Happy Holidays, Happy Holidays…

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Whatever the coming xmas break means to you, let it be time well-spent with friends, family and loved ones. And to also recharge, refresh and reinvigorate for 2015. Best wishes to one and all!

And if you are in fact going on vacation to warm southern climes, I hate you.
Sorry, what I begrudgingly mean to say is, have a fantastic time!
Scratch that. I will in fact hate you for it. Sorry. (No I’m not.)