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Old 02-10-2014, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I see a lot of people posting on here on moving to a new city. I have moved around quite a bit and am unhappy with my current city. I am actively looking for jobs in cities I do like, but that leads me to my question:

Do you pick a city then apply for work before moving? Or move then find employment?

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Old 02-10-2014, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Ideally you will find a city that matches your lifestyle, with good career opportunities in a field you love to work in.
After growing up in the northeast, i simply got tired of winters. Southern California provided my with good job opportunities in a field that I love working in, as well as year round outdoor lifestyle amenities. I never really looked back.

I moved to Missouri for two years because of the low cost of living, and hated it so much that I moved back to California
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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It depends on how much cash you have saved up. If you have anywhere from $50K - $100K+ saved up, I would say it's safe to move somewhere with no job, even in this challenging economy. But if you have limited savings, you need to land a job first. It's not that easy though. You need to convince employers that you are likely to stay put in the new city for at least a few years. They ask you questions looking for a "real" reason to move, such as if you have family in the area, etc. I tried it before and had a lot of difficulty.

It's also very subjective. I live in southern New England right now, and have traveled to 37 states. After traveling to all these states, I still can't seem to find a place that's better than the northeast. I wasn't a fan of southern California, personally. And I tried living in the South and it sucked. But I love hot, humid summers and cold, snowy winters with endless gray skies.
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