I moved here in September, and I’ve had three job interviews since then. And I have also had three job offers. The first was for Wal Mart, starting at $10.00 an hour. I just interviewed for two warehouse jobs, both at $13.25 an hour, and I’m starting in a weeks time. The city of Calgary is currently hiring for clerical type jobs starting at $18.00 an hour, though I’m not sure how easy it is to get those positions.
If you are don’t mind waiting tables, you can make a killing. One restaurant in town was offering a $500.00 signing bonus for people who were hired part time and stayed three months. If you were hired full time and stayed three months you got the $500.00 plus a trip to Mexico. So yeah, the job market here is crazy.
I’m lucky, because I’m sharing a four bedroom duplex with two other people and my rent is only $330 a month plus utilities. We’re getting a hell of a deal. Everything else that I have seen is way more expensive, and you have very little choice as to where you move and what you move into. It basically boils down to what is available in your price range, which is never much. And once you find a place, any place, you really have to snap it up right away, as it will not be on the market long.
Other than that, Calgary is a nice place to live. The weather is great (as soon as it stops snowing), and it has some of the best bike trails that I have ever seen. The downtown core is pretty nice too. I still look like a hick when I go down there as I crane my neck up and stare.
I never realized that there were so many Calgary dopers. We should have a get together sometime.