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Old 08-01-2007, 10:26 AM
 
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So here is the deal- my boyfriends company is most likely moving out to Charlotte at the end of Oct and we need to make our decision on whether or not we want to go ... My boyfriend is all in favor of going. I, on the other hand, have a few reservations..

1. A JOB! I currently work in HR, and am 3 years out of college. I am transfer any of my skills to the sectors I am in HR right now to any area of HR... I'd prefer recruiting or HR Generalists areas, but also have background in benefits.. I am ok with leaving with job here... but how hard is it to break into HR in Charlotte? Also, I know salary will be lower... but does anyone know the average salary for someone a little higher than entry level??

Also regarding jobs... I dont want to send my resume and cover letter out just yet knowing that I would be there for a few months... but should I just blindly send them out to companies to get them a heads up?? Does anyone know of any good head hunters out there that I can start talking with soon?? I refuse to go down there without a job... I have debt, mainly student loans that I cant miss a payment on!!!

2. COST OF LIVING: I have read many different things regarding this... I know housing is MUCH lower than New England, but what about the cost of gas and electricity? Also, is it true that if we rent that the cost of gas is covered usually?? Is heat from gas or electricity?? What is an average electric bill in the summer when you run an AC ( I dont like heat ).

My other concerns are not too bad.... I can deal with the area, I think I would actually grow to like it

Any help would be wonderful!! Also, is there anyone from RI or even NH (where I am originally from ) that moved down there have any likes/dislikes for me??

Thank you so much
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Huntersville
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The City of Rhode Island is nice, but you will find some similarities in Charlotte. To provide some help with your questions.

1. I would start looking now, some companies take 3 months to look at things. The market will be better here than RI, most likely, as someone will provide you a list of companies sometime (I don't have one). Salaries range here, but you may see less than NE. Being 3 years out, is the time to shoot for the next level, so hopefully you could see an increase. Look at this as you are also moving to Charlotte to take the next step in your career not just find a job. This will also help, when you talk to recruiters (as you may know), tell them you want to move to Charlotte, you are ready to take the next step and you want the right job.

2. Costs here are about the same, except housing and taxes. Duke Energy is pretty good, but day to day you will see no difference. Depends on where you rent as to what they cover, gas, electric, water, cable, etc.
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Rhode Island
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My family and I are in the process of relocating from the STATE of Rhode Island (sorry I had to get that dig in with regards to the above post about it being a nice CITY) and wish you the best of luck in your decision and journey. Where from in RI?
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:48 AM
 
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My family and I are in the process of relocating from the STATE of Rhode Island (sorry I had to get that dig in with regards to the above post about it being a nice CITY) and wish you the best of luck in your decision and journey. Where from in RI?
I live in North Providence... went to Bryant College, and now work for CVS Headquarters... so I will be leaving a HUGE company.

What is making you move to NC?
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Rhode Island
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That is too funny - DH has worked for CVS Headquarters for 10 years now (they don't know he is looking to relo yet) and he did one year at Bryant before changing his major. We actually live in Woonsocket. I am pm'ing you with a link of a list of major companies in Charlotte.
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:59 AM
 
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Default xfountaingrl

Check your PM's. Moved down from Narragansett 10 months ago.
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Old 08-01-2007, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Rhode Island
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How have your first 10 months been? My brother in law and his family have been living in Charlotte from RI for almost 3 years and absolutely love it. We cannot wait to join them.
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Old 08-01-2007, 11:08 AM
 
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Default 10 months in

First ten months have been great. Not going to be one of these people that stubbornly defend everything about their new home, but we do like it here. In July/August you miss the ocean... (and I had a condo near Narragansett Town Beach), but in February and March you certainly don't miss the weather. Generally speaking, we've (my fiancee and I) found the people to be friendlier, have met some good friends just 10 months in, and you can't beat the cost of living. We rented in the University area to get the lay of the land initially and just bought in the Denver area. I work right in Uptown and my commute has been very reasonable (25-30). We got a lot of house for our money. Overall, its been a good first year. You always miss the people, but as far as the place... save for those couple of months per year, we're very happy with our decision to move down here.

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Old 08-01-2007, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Rhode Island
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Thanks for sharing. In my wildest dreams I NEVER thought I would move farther from the ocean but it is all relative. We feel we will be gaining so much for our family. Now if we can sell our home and DH find a job..........
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Old 03-06-2008, 12:39 PM
 
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I'm seriously considering a move to Charlotte from Providence, and I'm heading down on Sunday night to look around the area for a week. If anyone has any recommendations on neighborhoods to check out, I would appreciate the advice.

The foreclosures have hit hard in Providence, and I would be looking to buy if I do move. If anyone can assess how that crisis has impacted Charlotte and what is happening to the neighborhoods, it would be a big help. The ideal situation would be to find an older (even historic) house in a city neighborhood (urban setting with shops and cafes you can walk to) thats accessible to a CATS station to get downtown and back home without having to drive. That should narrow the possibilities!

Thanks
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