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Old 09-15-2010, 05:49 PM
 
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Seems like alot of people have relocated to Atlanta recently. I am trying to gauge the job situation as I would like to move there early 2011. So, for those of you who've recently relocated to the ATL area, what was your experience like in terms of finding employment?

Did/Are you?

A. Find a job before moving by either networking, applying online, using headhunters, etc.
B. Use someone's address so that it "appeared" you were local.
C. Move to Atlanta first, then found the job. If so, how long did it take?
D. Still looking and might be going back where you came from because things are just that bad in Atlanta.

Just curious. Thanks
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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My answer was:

A. Find a job before moving by either networking, applying online, using headhunters, etc.

Ironically, though, the two interviews I had at the end in two different states were each the result of someone finding my resume online, not me sending them my resume. Visibility is important!
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:17 AM
 
Location: ATL
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Got my job b4 moving here. It took me about 5 months. Don't move here without a job!
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:46 AM
 
Location: International
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A. Find a job before moving by either networking, applying online, using headhunters, etc.

I live in Charlotte, NC and secured a job in ATL last week by applying to jobs online. I had my local address on my resume. It took me 2 months to find a job as a software developer.
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:56 AM
 
Location: North Metro Atlanta
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Local address vs 'out of town' address, I think allot of that depends on the Job/Pay. Hiring managers who hire for hourly type jobs want you to start almost immediately. Higher paying/Salary, they need to find the 'right' person so the timeline to get the person in is longer, so they can usually wait a few weeks for the person to move into the area.
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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RocNY - how did you get a local address in ATL before moving? Do you use friend/family address or use a postal box? How many times did you have to go to ATL to interview for the job?
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:32 AM
 
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B) Used the local address of a family member. I don't know how much it distinguished me from others without local addresses however. They all will find out you're not local by looking at your current job. If your resume says you live in Atlanta, but your current job is in Seattle they're going to know you're not local.

It took me about 3 1/2 months to find something. I went on 3 solid interviews before I finally broke through on the 4th interview.

Definitely have a job in place before moving down here.
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:18 PM
 
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Yes, I am hoping to come with a job. My skillset is in demand (MBA'd finance/accounting, w/10+ yrs of experience) and while I am a highly polished professional, I realize there's no shortage of professionals in Atlanta with similar credentials who’d likely get the interview over me because they're local. I'll just have to weigh it for now. Besides, I only recently started applying in Atl and have just a handful of companies that I am targeting. So, I'll see what happens. On the other hand, if it starts to become evident that my out-of-state status is working against me, I'll have to reevaluate my strategy. All of your feedback is helping me to plan those next steps if need be.

Thanks again.

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Old 09-16-2010, 07:36 PM
 
Location: International
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RocNY - how did you get a local address in ATL before moving? Do you use friend/family address or use a postal box? How many times did you have to go to ATL to interview for the job?
I meant to say I used my Charlotte address on my resume. I had phone screens with 4 companies. One of those companies invited me to come in for a interview last week and they offered the job to me on Monday.
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Old 09-17-2010, 10:41 AM
 
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Moved here without jobs. Took 4-6 weeks to land a job, although part of it was slowed by the christmas holiday season when companies aren't exactly in a hiring phase. This was the end of 2007 so before most people realized we were in a recession and before things got bad. Also I was searching in Accounting and at positions just above entry level which probably made it easier then a high level position. I was also very open to pay, location, job etc as my goal was to land a job as quickly as possible. Worked out well but I would not do it in 2010 given the times.
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