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Old 01-04-2012, 11:26 AM
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So I began writing to recruiters in the Denver area to get the ball rolling on a possible transfer .

I was wondering if anyone did the interview process while living out of state....and how long it took from the time you first started looking until you were living in the Denver area.

I would love to get something quickly, but I will not go unless I get a great offer, as it is my job here in the Northeast is very good for right now.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:07 PM
Location: On the corner of Grey Street
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I applied for a few things while still living away, but I didn't have any luck. I don't know if it was because of the economy or because employers weren't interested while I still lived so far away. I ended up quitting my job and moving here without a job. Honestly the job I had was decent, but it wasn't an amazing opportunity I couldn't walk away from and I had plenty of money saved to cover me while I looked. I didn't work for the first 2 or so months I was here, then worked in a bar for awhile, and then after six months I got a job I really wanted and that was much better than the job I had back east. I wasn't hard core looking that whole time. Once I started really looking I found one pretty fast. Could have just been luck though. I know that's not exactly what you were asking, but hopefully that gives you some perspective. Good luck!
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:08 PM
Location: Littleton, CO
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about 5 months and 90-100 resumes
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:24 PM
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I started sending out resumes in August and got a few job offers from my initial sumissions (August) at the end of December. So, about 4 months.
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:45 PM
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Thank you for your replies. Could you give me an idea of the interview process? Seems like it would be different for out of state candidates. I would expect a few phone interviews and eventually a face to face interview.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:26 PM
Location: Denver, CO
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Ways to get a job in Denver while living out of state:

1. Quit (or go on some kind of unpaid leave) your job and move here, then try to find a job.

2. If your skills are in very high demand and hard to find in your field, you may have headhunters coming after you

3. Know people in Denver in your industry who can help grease the wheels of the application process, or at least network with.

4. Try to find a job with a large company that has locations both in where you are now and in Denver, with the hope that down the road you may be able to transfer.

5. Become self employed or a telecommuter with a job that you can work from anywhere.

6. Pure dumb luck.

7. Put the dream on hold until years from now when the economy improves, or when you retire.

8. Find a crappy job with a company experiencing very high turnover (bluescreen's post below reminded me about this option)

Last edited by vegaspilgrim; 01-04-2012 at 10:36 PM.. Reason: added #8
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:32 PM
Location: Aurora, CO
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We moved back to Denver in June after 12 years in Dallas-Fort Worth. I got a cold call from a recruiter up here in late April, and after 3 phone interviews, a web chat, and an on-site visit to kick the tires I took the gig and moved up.

It lasted less than 6 months. The company was a total cluster. Luckily I was able to go back to my previous employer and work remotely.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:23 PM
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It took about 2 1/2 months. Mostly the time was spent waiting for initial responses to resume submission. In my career area, senior level project management, the wheels of hiring seemed to move very slowly. I did a lot of phone screening remote and then paid my way to Denver for interviews. This made sense to both me and the employers since my husband was already working here (I was still living remote).

I won't lie. It was stressful and expensive. In the end I had a couple of opportunities to choose from and will start my new job on Monday.

On the other hand, high tech seems to function differently. My husband was hired within a week after submitting one of his first resumes and had one phone screen and a skype interview.

Basically, I think how this goes will really depend on field you work in and your level of experience.

Good luck!
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:46 AM
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I applied for a senior level position while living in Florida. I went through a few phone interviews and then they flew me out there for an in-person interview. I first submitted my resume in early October and I'll know if I got the job within the next 2 weeks. So about a 3 to 4 month process.
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:17 PM
Location: Denver, CO
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It took 4 months for my dh. We were living in Phx and he was trying to get a job in Denver. After we switched to using my a family member's address in Denver, we got a lot more interest, only took a month after that. He did phone interviews and then when someone wanted to schedule an interview, he just booked a last minute flight (he would usually have 2 days notice or so) 2 flights and he had a job. He negotiated a 2 week delay to start so that we could move up and it was a done deal. Now finding a place to live proved to be a bit more of an issue than we thought.
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