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Old 03-15-2010, 05:14 AM
 
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I moved to Santa Barbara about six months ago with my husband who is attending graduate school at UCSB. Since then, I have really struggled to find employment within my field (marketing and communications). I have a bachelor's degree and several years of targeted experience in this field, so I assumed that finding a job would be moderately difficult given the current economic state, but not impossible.

I began searching for jobs about six months before moving to Santa Barbara while still employed in my hometown, but most employers were not interested in interviewing until I relocated. Since then, I have been looking for an additional six months, so basically about one year of next to nothing.

I have also noticed that the few positions I have interviewed for offer much lower salaries and benefits to those I was previously accustomed to in my former city. Is this the norm in Santa Barbara?

I would really like to stay in this field because I really enjoy what I do, and my education and experience have proven that.

This is beginning to sound like a rant, but basically I'd just like to know if it's always this challenging to find a professional job in Santa Barbara (I am also open to the idea of commuting to Ventura)? Could anyone offer some tips to perhaps tap into some opportunities in this city or shed more light into why this has been such a challenge? Thank you.
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I know that we have been adding to our marketing dapartment in Ventura. I work for Community Memorial Health System. Not sure on current propects but it is a lead.

The employment climate in California is hard now. It can take 6 months, a year, 2 years to find work. Pay is less now than in the past. Just the nature of the market and in no way reflects the past. Things are just differant now.
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Downtown Rancho Cordova, CA
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I know that we have been adding to our marketing dapartment in Ventura. I work for Community Memorial Health System. Not sure on current propects but it is a lead.

The employment climate in California is hard now. It can take 6 months, a year, 2 years to find work. Pay is less now than in the past. Just the nature of the market and in no way reflects the past. Things are just differant now.
Yes, things are much different. The labor market seems to be undergoing a permanent "shrinking" that is much different than just a downturn in a business cycle. The long-term unemployment rate shows that many people's jobs seem to have disappeared for good. CA has been hit hard by this, but it seems to be happening everywhere in the US.
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Old 03-15-2010, 12:12 PM
 
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The central coast is a tough place to find employment, unfortunately. When I moved to San Luis Obispo briefly for a relationship, I had a very hard time finding a job in my field. I did find one after about 6 months of searching (about half locally, half from the South Bay), but it did not require my degree and paid under $10 an hour. Unfortunately to get work in this area you'll probably have to make a compromise and get a job that you're overqualified for, pays less, or possibly consider part-time work. Good luck, I hope you find something!
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Old 03-19-2010, 11:08 PM
 
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I find Santa Barbara to be a very frustrating place to live. The cost of living is well above average yet the pay is significantly below it. I work remotely so am able to pull it off but I have no idea how the majority of people working your average job manage to live here.
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Old 03-20-2010, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I find Santa Barbara to be a very frustrating place to live. The cost of living is well above average yet the pay is significantly below it. I work remotely so am able to pull it off but I have no idea how the majority of people working your average job manage to live here.
What we have noticed is that many of the kids who grew up in Santa Barbara end up moving to Oxnard or Ventura when they are grown up and decide to have families and buy homes. Its that living in a coastal community that never leaves your blood even though your pocketbook can't afford the homes in Santa Barbara. For many of them they end up with a home that they could never have purchased in Santa Barbara. When the market was hot one development in Ventura advertised almost exclusively in Santa Barbara.
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