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Old 08-25-2017, 11:06 AM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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Maybe you are going about the interview thing wrong. If you apply for something in the area you are interested in, add that you are going to be in the area in the week of xx and ask if you could see them then to talk further. Then get your butt up there if they say yes. Libraries, and some other institutions like that, aren't necessarily that au fait with doing things online or via alternate methods. You might have an "in" if they thought they could see you personally without spending their own money.

 
Old 08-25-2017, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Can you not get a part time job on nights and weekends waiting tables and save up a bunch of money?

That's what I would do.
 
Old 08-25-2017, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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The PS should be the headline.

You need to share a larger place with someone who earns at least as much as you do...
and by that to align your housing costs with your income. Target 25% of net income.

You should be doing that anywhere you might live but in a high COL area especially.
Op asked for help with decision to move. Please don't try and subvert this thread to your own topic.
 
Old 08-25-2017, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Op asked for help with decision to move. Please don't try and subvert this thread to your own topic.
Haha... thanks, but I kinda expected that! I have zero interest in or ability to find a roommate, with the exception of this ONE friend. I'm 40 years old, basically nocturnal, with a large dog and 3 cats + 14 snakes, and I smoke (both kinds). So if anyone can find me someone who will live with THAT, please let me know!

I did consider a roommate the last time I moved, but again, there is nobody in this area who'd ever let me move in with them. So my only option is to rent a 2+ bedroom first, then look for a roommate; but the move-in costs on a place that big is waaaay beyond my budget. I looked, and it would've cost me something like $7000-10,000 just to get IN to a place like that. So yeah, not really a feasible option.

And as you pointed out, I'm not seeking advice on my situation here - it's tight, but I manage on my current salary and expenses. I am only looking for advice on relocating (and finding work elsewhere), and also just venting my frustration at the Bay Area. So while I appreciate the efforts, you all can just assume I'm fine while still here.

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Old 08-25-2017, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Can you not get a part time job on nights and weekends waiting tables and save up a bunch of money?

That's what I would do.
I already work nights and weekends - with alternating days from week to week (even changes based on the month sometimes). So it would be difficult to find anything that would fit with my current schedule, and waiting tables in the few hours I have available wouldn't allow me to save "a bunch of money." Plus as I already stated, my physical conditions preclude me from manual-type work. I waited tables in college, and it was tough on my body even then.

And I don't mean this in a rude way, since I know you're just trying to help, but I don't need advice on my financial situation here. I make a decent living with fairly low (non-housing) expenses, so while I'm here I will manage okay... it's just hard to save anything, but I'm slowly getting to the point where I can.
 
Old 08-25-2017, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Maybe you are going about the interview thing wrong. If you apply for something in the area you are interested in, add that you are going to be in the area in the week of xx and ask if you could see them then to talk further. Then get your butt up there if they say yes. Libraries, and some other institutions like that, aren't necessarily that au fait with doing things online or via alternate methods. You might have an "in" if they thought they could see you personally without spending their own money.
I have traveled to many interviews (on my dime), and would be more than willing to do so again! The problem is that some employers don't even offer this until round two, as they want to do a quick "screening interview" first. I'm a good interviewer in person, but sometimes they don't even give me that chance.

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Old 08-25-2017, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I'm aware. But it's still a valid target and if choices are being made they should reflect it.

After funding the several pretax retirement account options available...
the WEEKLY net should still be able to cover the MONTHLY housing costs (incl utilities).

If circumstances require paying more... be fully conscious what other choices you can't make.
I don't think you understand the market here - it's insane, and larger places cost a LOT to even secure (as I said above, between $7000-10,000 for even the cheapest 2+ bedroom). I also just moved about 8 months ago, and every move costs money. So I'm not going anywhere local, just looking to leave the area altogether!

Around here, we expect/target more like 40-50% of net income towards rent, at least for those earning under $100K. I've learned to keep my other expenses low enough to make up for that, and currently my income to expense ratio is tight but manageable.
 
Old 08-25-2017, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I grew up in CA, moved away to WA, then TN, then back to WA, then back to CA.

I have owned real estate in both states.

It's really important for you to understand that property is taxed way differently in CA than most other states. In CA, your taxes - forever - are based on your sales price. This is due to Prop 13, which went into effect many, many years ago.

Property taxes are generally much higher everywhere else.

So, when you look at all of your options, keep this in mind, too.
Thanks for the heads-up! I honestly know nothing about real estate, since I've never owned or even shopped for a place... so I'll certainly keep that in mind, and wouldn't buy anything without first doing my research (and having a professional guide me).

What about in places with unique tax situations, like Nevada? Another place I've been looking and applying is Reno, and if I'm not mistaken, they have no property tax? I've always been a little confused about that, so if you know anything please share!
 
Old 08-25-2017, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Have you researched corporate jobs that could use MLS? There must be some! Seems like marketing research, HR compensation specialist, Organizational Training and development might all be areas you where could transition your skill set. In my former career I would have hired a promising candidate with your degree in my HR compensation team. I needed detail minded analytical researchers with great people skills. I hired candidates with a variety of degrees.

Non-traditional jobs for librarians | Education & Careers
I have thought about going corporate, but worry I wouldn't thrive without customer (patron) interaction... I truly love working with people every day, which is why I became a public librarian. In the short-term that could work, though, so thanks for the suggestion and I'll expand my search.
 
Old 08-25-2017, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I'm sure this is not representative of the general population, but why are there so many white supremacist groups in the Eugene area?
Because there are a lot of white people?

Honestly, I never noticed that when I lived there... I think you might be confusing it with smaller Oregon towns, or northern Idaho. If they are present they must keep to themselves, but who knows these days. Speaking of which, one thing I would miss if I moved up there is the diversity! I love being around people from different cultures, and Oregon in general is a bit "white" for my taste (I'm white/Jewish, FYI). But that's a small thing when compared to the rest of my criteria, so I'll deal.
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