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Old 05-20-2015, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Guess what...I succeeded the phone interview for one company and landed a real in-person interview. But they want me to drive up to the Boston office to do the actual interview, even though the actual job would be located in Columbus. The job would be a career promotion for me. I think it's strange, however, that they want me to do the interview in Boston instead of Columbus. That means if I get an offer and accept it....I would basically have to move to Columbus SIGHT UNSEEN.
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:22 AM
 
Location: OH
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Whether or not "mecca" is accurate or not, it's long been known that Columbus has a sizeable gay population. Much higher than Cleveland or Cincinnati and higher than just about any city in the Midwest. In fact, it's a top 20 in the country from what I've seen.
I have no idea the size of the gay population but the gay population in Columbus is certainly quite visible. Was returning home from a business trip a few weeks ago and there was a sign in CMH airport talking about Columbus as an LGBT centric city. One could also take a drive up High St. and see all the Stonewall Gay Pride banners hanging from light posts to see more evidence of the gay population's presence. The population may be large, or it may be not so large, but hard to argue the gay community in Columbus is subtle.
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Omg I just got another interview request in Cbus for next week. Looks like I may have to take PTO and make a trip there next week for multiple interviews! Unreal!
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Old 05-21-2015, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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My friend who lives in L.A. is making fun of me for choosing to pursue jobs in Columbus. He said, "Why Columbus of all places???? Random choice!"

Why the hell do California people seem to look down upon almost EVERY city in the entire country?! Why do they think SoCal is the best place in the WORLD and anything other than SoCal is considered inferior or a downgrade? I don't get it, personally.

With that said, do you think Columbus is a better place to live than Los Angeles?
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Old 05-21-2015, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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Congrats on your getting interviews in Columbus - hope you can visit the area soon! And try to focus on those factors that are truly the most important to you, like finding a neighborhood in your budget that suits your preferences, and where the amenities (trails, shops, bars, etc. - whatever) that you want to access regularly are located. I would suggest not to let random people's height or facial features get in the way for example. :-)

Columbus is a better place to live than Los Angeles in many respects - but it really depends on what the individual wants:

* Cost of living - look at the real estate you can get in L.A. close to work for the same amount of $ - it is ridiculous! If you spend less on housing, more is left over for other needs and wants plus savings.
* Job opportunities relative to the population size
* Traffic congestion - easier access to the amenities of the entire metro area
* Four season climate/better air quality
* Far more green space
* Proximity to your family in CT
* More of a standard American culture, but still moderately diverse

Good luck and keep your eyes on the prize - if Columbus is right for YOU, that is what matters!
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Old 05-21-2015, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Congrats on your getting interviews in Columbus - hope you can visit the area soon! And try to focus on those factors that are truly the most important to you, like finding a neighborhood in your budget that suits your preferences, and where the amenities (trails, shops, bars, etc. - whatever) that you want to access regularly are located. I would suggest not to let random people's height or facial features get in the way for example. :-)

Columbus is a better place to live than Los Angeles in many respects - but it really depends on what the individual wants:

* Cost of living - look at the real estate you can get in L.A. close to work for the same amount of $ - it is ridiculous! If you spend less on housing, more is left over for other needs and wants plus savings.
* Job opportunities relative to the population size
* Traffic congestion - easier access to the amenities of the entire metro area
* Four season climate/better air quality
* Far more green space
* Proximity to your family in CT
* More of a standard American culture, but still moderately diverse

Good luck and keep your eyes on the prize - if Columbus is right for YOU, that is what matters!
You pretty much reassured me as to why Cbus appeals to me. Thanks!
Proximity to family in CT is a good one, too. The only state that's in the way is PA, which is a drag to drive through.
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:50 AM
 
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Los Angeles is a cesspool. Horrible traffic, absurd real estate prices, high crime, and a political climate dominated by nutty liberals who have ruined a once great state.

I saw one of those "best places" lists which had Columbus has the #3 best city for gays behind San Francisco and New York.
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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My friend who lives in L.A. is making fun of me for choosing to pursue jobs in Columbus. He said, "Why Columbus of all places???? Random choice!"

Why the hell do California people seem to look down upon almost EVERY city in the entire country?! Why do they think SoCal is the best place in the WORLD and anything other than SoCal is considered inferior or a downgrade? I don't get it, personally.

With that said, do you think Columbus is a better place to live than Los Angeles?
Californians seem to be a lot like Texas or Floridians... they can't imagine why people would live anywhere else. I can't personally stand any of them.

Tell your friend that Columbus has a young population, one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, strong population growth (13th in the nation per today's estimate), a rapidly diversifying population and a much lower cost of living than in either CT or California. I don't see the problem.
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:36 PM
 
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Can you guys suggest me some companies to check for job postings? I really want this to work out and I'm starting to get nervous that it might not work out. So far, I have three phone interviews lined up with three different major employers. But are there any others? I won't say which ones I'm interviewing with, but here are some that I have already checked for job postings and am already aware of:

Wendy's
Abercrombie
Express
DSW
Cardinal Health
NiSource
Citi
General Employment
Hexion
OCLC

Know of anymore that I could lookup?
Not sure what position you are looking for but just go to indeed.com or one of those websites and see what's available (some of those positions might already be filled so don't feel down if you don't get call backs).
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:57 AM
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My friend who lives in L.A. is making fun of me for choosing to pursue jobs in Columbus. He said, "Why Columbus of all places???? Random choice!"

Why the hell do California people seem to look down upon almost EVERY city in the entire country?! Why do they think SoCal is the best place in the WORLD and anything other than SoCal is considered inferior or a downgrade? I don't get it, personally.

With that said, do you think Columbus is a better place to live than Los Angeles?
nep, last time I checked you weren't even considering LA. You really need to only worry about yourself here. As far as LA, I used to live there and loved it.
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