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Old 01-26-2014, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I understand what you mean about getting to your retirement state. Congrats!
Indeed. I feel fortunate to have landed the job. My DH is 61, but I'm only 48. He'll start drawing the rest of a pension this year, but I need to keep working for at least ten years. At 48, I'm in that danger zone of being "too old" to start a new job. We felt we could stay here and sock away money for those ten years and then move. But who knows if we'll be healthy enough then? Would my then-72-year-old husband want to uproot and move 1,300 miles? So we decided to see if we could go ahead and make the move now -- but that meant I had to have a job waiting. I feel like I hit the jackpot, as I'm in the same general arena (insurance/claims/risk management/investigation), but with the security and the promotion/lateral opportunities that a state job offers. And if being a state employee isn't all I think it will be, at least I'll then be a local, and therefore more appealing to the private employers.
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Mountain girl trapped on the beach
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I am noticing a trend. All of you guys have a specialized skill. I was afraid of that. I did not expect incomes to be over $50,000.
The biggest thing you can do is to carve a professional niche for yourself. Become known as the go-to person for a particular kind of problem. It can be a particular skill or another attribute, such as a willingness to travel for extended periods or to parts of the world most people won't go. But it doesn't have to be a huge skill that takes a decade to develop; just pick an aspect of your work that you like and perfect it, and don't forget to do a little self-promotion and always look for the next opportunity. Between that and networking, opportunities will open up. Not overnight, it takes time, but it will happen.

I realize you weren't asking for advice, but these are the two things that really helped my career.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:11 PM
 
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I graduated in 2011 with a bachelor's degree. It was not finding employment in AZ and decided to include surrounding states in my job search. One thing that is important is to include in your cover letter your willing to relocate at your own expense, not sure if companies even offer this anymore. I had always wanted to live in Colorado and happened upon a job and got it and was sick of AZ heat but now I am missing the warm winters of AZ.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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Industry: I was laid off from a media research company and I am now interviewing with a casino corporation. I have a Masters in Survey Methodology which pretty much allows me to do research related work in many industries (before going to work at my last job I had offers from the Department of Transportation, and a school system)

Length of time in industry: Experienced

How long did it take? I started the interview process in December, I have an in person interview with them next month and will hopefully have an offer soon after.

Is your pay more or less than $50,000? More

Were you able to secure employment before you moved? I will only move if get the job. I'm also being interviewed for local job but this is a dream position in a city I love so it's got the leg up right now
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:25 PM
 
Location: California
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Entry level is pretty much impossible to secure from out of state since every state has a bunch of people who can fill the job and it's easier to just hire whoever walks in and meets the minimum requirements than deal with someone far away.

If you really want to move to another state and take an entry level job you need to take the risk of moving without a job. I know tons of people who have done that, especially after college when everything is up for grabs anyway. You either have to have someone you can stay with or some $ banked to keep you housed and fed until you find a job and a place to live.
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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I moved all over the country as a phone system/cabling technician.

Did research and sent resumes and applications before moving.

Never had a job lined up before move nor got paid to relocate; found employers didn't take me seriously until I was in their town.

Just worked hard and never went hungry
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:29 AM
 
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Indeed. I feel fortunate to have landed the job. My DH is 61, but I'm only 48. He'll start drawing the rest of a pension this year, but I need to keep working for at least ten years. At 48, I'm in that danger zone of being "too old" to start a new job. We felt we could stay here and sock away money for those ten years and then move. But who knows if we'll be healthy enough then? Would my then-72-year-old husband want to uproot and move 1,300 miles? So we decided to see if we could go ahead and make the move now -- but that meant I had to have a job waiting. I feel like I hit the jackpot, as I'm in the same general arena (insurance/claims/risk management/investigation), but with the security and the promotion/lateral opportunities that a state job offers. And if being a state employee isn't all I think it will be, at least I'll then be a local, and therefore more appealing to the private employers.
You definitely hit the jackpot. Good luck to you!
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:50 AM
 
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Default What REALLY Are The Chances of Finding a Job in a New State???

I read a post on another thread written by a person who is in the HR field. She said that she, personally, would never hire someone for a job who was from out of state. This is very disheartening to me. I am not only in my 50s seeking work, but I have lived most of my life in another state and recently moved to NC. I guess I would like to pose the question to other HR folks and hiring managers what their take is on hiring someone who is new to the state. I DO live here - not just visiting - I have an NC license, my car is registered in NC, I have an NC bank account and hello? And NC address. I've been an administrative assistant for more than 25 years and ALL of my past employers would give me excellent recommendations. In four months, I've only had two interviews and no job offers and I know I've filled out at least 80+ applications - 45 alone for the State of North Carolina - and then I read that post by someone supposedly in the HR field who says she would never hire someone who has relocated from another state. Does this mean I will be blackballed because I am new to NC? I thought my age might be a deterrent - age discrimination is supposed to be against the law but of course, we all know it happens - but do I now have another strike against me?
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:03 AM
 
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The biggest thing you can do is to carve a professional niche for yourself. Become known as the go-to person for a particular kind of problem. It can be a particular skill or another attribute, such as a willingness to travel for extended periods or to parts of the world most people won't go. But it doesn't have to be a huge skill that takes a decade to develop; just pick an aspect of your work that you like and perfect it, and don't forget to do a little self-promotion and always look for the next opportunity. Between that and networking, opportunities will open up. Not overnight, it takes time, but it will happen.

I realize you weren't asking for advice, but these are the two things that really helped my career.
I appreciate the advice. I've only been looking for a month but it seems employers are interested in an aspect of my career that I do not have a lot of experience in. I have been doing my job for a long time but I am competing with kids that will do it for a lot less. Unfortunately, the kids that come in do not do a good job. They focus on projects and networking to get to the next stage. I have always been the person to do the clean up. I have expressed interest in learning more but it never happened. I will continue to persevere and hopefully something will work out soon.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:09 AM
 
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Industry: I was laid off from a media research company and I am now interviewing with a casino corporation. I have a Masters in Survey Methodology which pretty much allows me to do research related work in many industries (before going to work at my last job I had offers from the Department of Transportation, and a school system)

Length of time in industry: Experienced

How long did it take? I started the interview process in December, I have an in person interview with them next month and will hopefully have an offer soon after.

Is your pay more or less than $50,000? More

Were you able to secure employment before you moved? I will only move if get the job. I'm also being interviewed for local job but this is a dream position in a city I love so it's got the leg up right now
It is nice to have lots of options. Why does it take so long to interview?
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