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Old 01-02-2012, 08:21 AM
 
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Im moving from Saint Petersburg FL, to Colorado Springs and was wondering what steps I should take in finding a job. Is it easy to find a job? My fiancie does printing and I am a stay at home mom but would like to work also. Any suggestions on which steps we should take to make this move a success?
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:38 AM
 
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Oh, hey. We just moved from Colorado Springs to Sarasota (right south of St. Pete, as I'm sure you know).

I had a really rough timing finding a job - in fact, I couldn't, at all, after months of job searching - but maybe the market has picked up in the last year that we've been gone.

I wasn't interested in retail, and my degree was in English. I cold-called SO many people and no one was hiring. Looking back, a temp agency would have been my best bet, and it might be the same for you. Some of them deal with more physical work (construction, etc) and there are a few for office types of jobs. I suppose that's like anywhere else.

There were plenty of jobs available in Denver, but I couldn't make the commute. =/

Also if you're a SAHM there are a LOT of opportunities for babysitting and home daycare - if that's your cup of tea. I was surprised when I moved down here that I'd been spoiled - here in FL (at least in my area) there are few to no drop-in home daycares. They're booming in Colorado Springs.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:30 AM
 
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I dont mind doing a retail job, housekeeping, anything like that. Why did you move from Colorado to Florida?
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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We're only here temporarily, staying with relatives while our house in CO sold. We're going to be moving onwards soon.
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:06 PM
 
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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Kottowitz - I'm moving from COS to Sarasota in a couple of months - small world!

Zyyrah, I'm in retail so I may be able to help a bit. When are you moving? Time of year is a major factor in hiring waves. Right now through March, you probably won't be able to find anything. Most places are letting go of their seasonal employees and their regular staff are getting their hours cut. January and February are the slowest months, by far. In March and April, home improvement stores will begin their seasonal hiring (which can always become a permanent job). Later in spring and early summer, clothing retail's season will start to pick up and they'll tend to do more hiring. Those are the two areas I've worked and know, I'm not sure about others.

I'm in management, and it took me about 3 months of applying, interviewing, and waiting to get the job I have now. If you're not looking for a management position, it may be easier. The #1 thing you can do is apply EVERYWHERE. Drive around town and take notes of anywhere that you would like to work, and apply. Most places do online applications, so that part is relatively easy. Make yourself look as valuable as possible on the application, because that's the only thing that can get you the interview. Follow up with the companies you apply to if you haven't heard anything from them.

Good luck with your move - I hope you guys love it here!
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