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Old 07-13-2008, 10:05 AM
 
Location: upstate ny
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Default Move first or get the job first?

We are looking to move. I saw this on a forum and now I can't find it. But do you get the apartment first and then move or the other way around. It seems you can't get one without first having the other.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:09 AM
 
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Unless you have quite a bit of savings or your parents are going to foot your bills. I would recommend finding a job first then moving. Depending on the market that you are planning to move to, it may take a while to find a job. You don't want to be there in an apartment, racking up bills and not having any income.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:38 AM
 
Location: US
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I moved first and hoped for a job. But like maaci mentioned about savings, I had a bit of change saved up due to being a tremendous tightwad so I was relatively safe.
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:11 PM
 
Location: upstate ny
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Default job/apt

Are most jobs willing to give you time to find an apt and settle in? I am thinking most jobs would give you the two week peoriod to give your job current notice. But I am thinking most jobs aren't willing to wait 4 weeks to fill a position.
I am thinking we would be at a severe disadvantage by not living in the area to interview. Plus the company would have to wait. We're not high level executives with prestigious resumees.
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:20 PM
 
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I've always got the job first, then moved. The new employers gave me plenty of time to get moved there, and find an apartment. I'm in a very average, very mundane line of work, where people don't often move far just to find work. So, getting a job and moving wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.
The job market seems a bit slow, so I would not recommend moving first. Even in a good job market, I've heard of people having a hard time finding anything. I just depends on your line of work, and where you're moving to.
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:23 PM
 
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Are most jobs willing to give you time to find an apt and settle in? I am thinking most jobs would give you the two week peoriod to give your job current notice. But I am thinking most jobs aren't willing to wait 4 weeks to fill a position.
I am thinking we would be at a severe disadvantage by not living in the area to interview. Plus the company would have to wait. We're not high level executives with prestigious resumees.

In most salaried positions, it is expected that you give 30 days notice rather than 2 weeks. I have never had a problem. My boss actually gave a 60 day notice when she took a job across country.

Last edited by maaci; 07-13-2008 at 03:23 PM.. Reason: changed wording
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:33 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker;)
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I would think it would depend on where you're moving and what industry you're in. My friend just moved to Houston and found a job within three weeks. He works in IT and the economy here is strong.
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:36 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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It's possible to move first, IF you have a lot of savings, and IF you don't mind using them up while you job hunt, and I would add, IF you don't have kids to support. Also, IF you are moving to a decent job market. It helps to at least look at the job ads in the city you're moving to.
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Ca2Mo2Ga2Va!
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I would definately get the job first. All our moves have been done that way, and then you can negotiate to have your employer move you. I would never move somewhere without a job! Too risky!
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