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Old 07-06-2010, 12:48 PM
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Hi everyone,

I currently live in Philadelphia and am working on a quick exit strategy. I had a horrible 2009 and it hasn't improved much since. I was downsized out of a job last year like many, nearly lost my house, haven't been able to find any job as the unemployment rate here is high (12% reported, around 25% unreported), and this past month like millions of others lost my Unemployment Compensation after just 42 weeks ( I say just because the maximum used to be 99 weeks). Luckily, my Mom has been floating me enough to pay me bills and exist. I'm definitely fortunate in that respect. I had been planning to move to Florida to be closer to her as she's in her late 80's, and I'm the only child. The problem is that the economy in Florida is as bad as it is in Philadelphia and I fear more of the same.

So, my actual question is can someone with extensive experience (12 years) as a Retail Store Manager (specialty stores, not Wal-Mart, etc.) and many years prior in Restaurants/Hotels readily find work in Dover or points south? According to the latest published Unemployment Rates, Dover is at 8%.

I would greatly appreciate any advice/feedback. Thanks!
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Old 07-06-2010, 02:05 PM
Location: Long Neck,De
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There are many retail jobs in the Tangier Outlets and many retail stores in Rehoboth and Lewes. There is usually at least 1 hotel job posted on www,capegazette.com. Great place to live but many seasonal jobs.
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Old 07-07-2010, 05:37 AM
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Generally speaking, the farther south you get in the state the less gainful employment that exists. Anywhere near the beach will have employment during busy summer months but this drops to a trickle in the off season.
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Old 07-07-2010, 05:47 AM
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So how would one characterize the job situation in Dover?
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:11 AM
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I would think that retail management would be among the relatively more plentiful jobs in Sussex County, though I agree that the job market there in many other fields, e.g. financial services, is going to be less well-developed than in New Castle County. I would wonder if certain jobs in Sussex might not be more plentiful than in Kent, given the ongoing growth in Sussex County.
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:00 PM
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You're better off in Wilmington... why Dover?
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:53 PM
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Because Delaware has no sales tax, retail is strong. This is more apparent in New Castle County, though, because out-of-staters come here to shop. So I agree with Joe... you would probably have a better shot at finding work in the Wilmington area. Pay would be a little better than Dover, too... although housing in Dover is definitely cheaper.
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:37 PM
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I work in retail and it took me nearly 6 months to find a job. I work in Dover. I worked in retail for eight years prior to my current job. There are management positions but they are almost always in newark near Christiana Mall or at the outlets in Rehoboth. Very very few in Dover. Keep your eyes on snagajob, craigslist, and the web sites for the stores you wish to apply to. I found my job on craigslist. Experience can be a double edged sword. Some employers don't want to dish out the money for someone too experienced or might consider you over qualified depending on the store and position. Other places would much rather have an experienced person. Or at least that was my personal experience. But in my employment searches the only management positions I saw available were in very small stores and mostly assistant management positions. Retail is doing okay here but I wouldn't say retail is way above the national average here. It's just steady enough that I was able to get a job. I'm grateful for that. Now I can finish college and become a teacher. School is expensive!
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