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Old 08-16-2008, 12:48 PM
 
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hello
we need some advice from people that are living in atlanta, georgia
we're 22 and from london, england & are looking at moving abroad.
as much as we love england we both feel like theres nothing left here for us. we're both single, hate our jobs and everyone else around us are settling down and/or moving on.

A good couple of months ago we both came to realise that we've both been sitting on the same dream to move to america.
we've been doing a lot of research since then and we both feel it is very possible for us to do it. we've both agreed on Atlanta, Georgia. down to the weather, cost of renting, size and layout of homes, multicultural population, distance it is from other major cities/states...these are the things we have been able to find out using the resources we have here in england, however, there are a few things we need to know that only people actually living there could answer.

We've already researched homes to rent and we've seen a few apartments that go for around $700-$900 a month for two bedrooms.
what we would like to know is how much more our other bills will cost ie: gas, electric, water, council tax, insurance etc??

Also as far as us getting jobs goes, we realise we will need an appropriate visa or work permit and the only way we figure we can do this is if we have a job set up for us before hand and if we get sponsors.

Just to get ourselves off to a start, we have looked at bar jobs and think this would be ideal as we're both very out going, friendly, attractive, energetic and all round loveable young ladies and we have some experience in the field.

We've got the websites of local newspapers and we've seen jobs advertised, but how do we go about convincing employers to take us on? all the way from over here?

We're determined to do this and would appreciate any help, advice and information anyone can give us.

thank you

xxxx
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:58 PM
 
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Unless you have very specialized fields, ones where there aren't enough Americans who have the skills to do the work -- you are probably out of luck. The economy is very slow here and many companies are laying off not hiring now. What is your skill set?
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Old 08-16-2008, 01:04 PM
 
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The chances of getting someone to sponsor you for a "bar job" are prety slim- there's plenty of people here already to fill such positions. Given the limited number of visas provided every year, they're generally reserved for more specialized positions.
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Old 08-16-2008, 01:36 PM
 
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hello
we need some advice from people that are living in atlanta, georgia
we're 22 and from london, england & are looking at moving abroad.
as much as we love england we both feel like theres nothing left here for us. we're both single, hate our jobs and everyone else around us are settling down and/or moving on.

A good couple of months ago we both came to realise that we've both been sitting on the same dream to move to america.
we've been doing a lot of research since then and we both feel it is very possible for us to do it. we've both agreed on Atlanta, Georgia. down to the weather, cost of renting, size and layout of homes, multicultural population, distance it is from other major cities/states...these are the things we have been able to find out using the resources we have here in england, however, there are a few things we need to know that only people actually living there could answer.

We've already researched homes to rent and we've seen a few apartments that go for around $700-$900 a month for two bedrooms.
what we would like to know is how much more our other bills will cost ie: gas, electric, water, council tax, insurance etc??

Also as far as us getting jobs goes, we realise we will need an appropriate visa or work permit and the only way we figure we can do this is if we have a job set up for us before hand and if we get sponsors.

Just to get ourselves off to a start, we have looked at bar jobs and think this would be ideal as we're both very out going, friendly, attractive, energetic and all round loveable young ladies and we have some experience in the field.

We've got the websites of local newspapers and we've seen jobs advertised, but how do we go about convincing employers to take us on? all the way from over here?

We're determined to do this and would appreciate any help, advice and information anyone can give us.

thank you

xxxx


I think it's safe to say that you've picked the wrong time to think about moving to America. We're experiencing the worst economics conditions in a generation. Maybe two generations?

I don't know if there's mail/male order American husbands' Web sites, but marrying an American is probably your best, or only bet, to gain long-term living status here for a while.

You'll probably have to put your dreams on hold for a minimum of at least three-years. Good luck!
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Old 08-16-2008, 03:32 PM
 
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Yes, I'm sorry to say, you had better get the visa/job settled before you worry about a place to live.

I disagree about the economy -- or at least the job market -- being bad here. Unemployment is very low by historical standards, even with the current recession.

I have two other thoughts. First, Canada or Australia, or some other Commonwealth country. I know New Zealand is impossible, but I'd check the others.

Second, a job on a cruise line or at a resort, where they need people who speak good English. The best jobs are as casino personnel, because you can't work when the ship is in port, but you'd need a bit of training. But they have a lot of people in the cruise director department and they love English accents.
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Old 08-16-2008, 03:46 PM
 
Location: East Cobb
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Here's a page from the US embassy in London, explaining US temporary work visas. Temporary Work Visas (http://www.usembassy.org.uk/cons_new/visa/niv/working.html - broken link)

From what you've told us of your skills, it's a pretty long shot, I'm afraid.
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Old 08-16-2008, 04:06 PM
 
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Yes, I'm sorry to say, you had better get the visa/job settled before you worry about a place to live.

I disagree about the economy -- or at least the job market -- being bad here. Unemployment is very low by historical standards, even with the current recession.

I have two other thoughts. First, Canada or Australia, or some other Commonwealth country. I know New Zealand is impossible, but I'd check the others.

Second, a job on a cruise line or at a resort, where they need people who speak good English. The best jobs are as casino personnel, because you can't work when the ship is in port, but you'd need a bit of training. But they have a lot of people in the cruise director department and they love English accents.



Whatever the quoted unemployment rate is, it's higher.

I think the reality is that many people give up trying to find a job.

Then there's the dynamic of underemployment. Yes, many people may have a job but it's not the job they want.
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Stafford, TX
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Maybe you should try coming here on a student visa?
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Atlanta,GA
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Things are not at their best now in the USA. Without being rude, you sound more like two young ladies, looking for an adventure versus coming to deal with work and life issues. 22 is still young, and many at that age dont know what they want, still want to have fun, or are still fantasizing about the fun/perfect life..(That's what I'm reading from your post, anyways. I may be wrong..You do mention others settling down, moving ahead..while England having little to offer you at such young age, 22 being awfully young)

Masonbarge's suggestion is a real good one. You seem like you're looking for more fun than hard labor/work...I'd give the cruise ship gig a try....What do you have to lose? You're young and want a change/adventure.
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:45 AM
 
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Exclamation Don't give up!

I am amazed at the negativity on this page. The economy is dodgy EVERYWHERE right now. But there are always exceptions. There are always opportunities.

And I don't mean being a mail-order bride. LOL. (Come on Zel Ya. Lots of love, but seriously? )

I'm in real estate development, which is one of the worst-hit sectors currently, and there are still jobs in Atl. I was on this page hoping to get cost of living info because I have an interview in Atlanta coming up. And BTW, I'm fresh out of college with no really related job experience. It's just about having a dream & persistence.

A few people have said that what you guys are trying to do it hopeless. No disrespect to them, but that is just not true.

Check this out: BUNAC - Work and Volunteer programmes abroad for students and young people including Summer Camp USA

Are you guys fresh out of college? I was looking at doing something like what Bunac offers. Pretty much exactly what you're looking for. I'm no longer eligible because I've been out of school for over a year (I just took out a loan & went backpacking all over Europe). But if you guys are fresh out, you could be eligible.

If not, I'd look for other programs like that. You could also go to a big bookstore & sit & read like it's a library. [Smirk.] There is a book called You Can Travel Free that might give you some ideas.

If you guys end up in Atl, let me know. I may be there too. I'll come grab a drink or whatever. You have to find & work at the best bar in town, though, so you can sneak me free drinks & introduce me to all your cute new girlfriends. ;-)

Best of luck!!!!

Dan

P.S. Are you on Couchsurfing.com or Hospitality Club? Those could be great resources. Lots of brilliant, adventurous, incredibly giving people. I couchsurfed a lot when I was traveling and it was just a phenomenal experience. Their forum is a real "brain trust" for independent travelers.
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