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Old 10-06-2008, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant
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So, I'll try to keep this as short as possible.

We sold our house in Maine in August. Husband left his job in August. So off we go looking for an adventure. Yes, in hindsight, not the best time to be unemployed and looking for an adventure. It was a terrible job working for a terrible company that is on the way out and we just hastened the inevitable. Anyway, we need to find a place to call home and need some good advice. We like Maine but really want a change. We are looking for:

1. JOBS! My husband has been working for a call center as an operations manager for the past 15 years. No degree but tons of experience.
2. Affordable housing. We'd like a place where we can buy a house for under 200k
3. Relative safety. Doesn't have to be Mayberry but with a 2 year old we need to have some peace of mind.

That's it really. We prefer warm weather but it's not as important as the other three things. We love to be near lakes and water but again, not as important as having a job!

Anyone have any advice for us? We really need to figure this out!

Thanks!
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Old 10-06-2008, 01:08 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I dont know how big of a town your looking for but Raleigh,NC sounds like it meets all your wants or maybe even a suburb of Dallas, I have also heard that Midland,TX is booming and has jobs available if you want a smaller city.

Rio Rancho a suburb of ABQ has a few call centers and is affordable but still has a rural feel to some of it.
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Old 10-06-2008, 02:58 PM
 
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North Dakota is full of call centers. Cold winters, but jobs do exist!
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:00 PM
 
Location: yeah
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Check your mailbox. Your address might be printed on some paper in there.
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Smile Houston

I think Houston, Tx fits your bill. Right now there is a lot of work here amd the cost of living is low.
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:22 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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Check your mailbox. Your address might be printed on some paper in there.
I see your first thought was the same as mine... "Don't you know??" LOL
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:38 PM
 
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I would look at North and South Carolina.


We left Maine 2 1/2 years ago and have regretted every minute of it. We will be returning home next year, finally, thank goodness!

One of my brothers moved from Maine to Surfside Beach, SC 15 years ago and loves it. He is 1 block from the water in a huge townhouse. He had multiple job offers back then and still has no problem finding work when he decides to make a change. Companies love northeasterner down there for some reason.

Good luck to you!
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:46 PM
 
Location: North Central Indiana
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I would suggest the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. There are some great suburbs, with cheap home prices, safe neighborhoods and it's right on lake michigan.

A quick hob search of the area shows over 203 telemarketing jobs in a call center enviornment. All Telemarketing Jobs in Milwaukee, WI | Indeed.com
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant
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Default Thanks!

Thanks, everyone!

We are currently bouncing around NC trying to find a job. We've been living in hotels for about 6 weeks now so we really don't know where we live!

This no job thing is frustrating!
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Cortland, Ohio
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The Youngstown/Warren area of NE Ohio has a lot of call centers......two of the biggest are West Corp. and Infocision.

Anyway, i know that Youngstown itself has a bad rap, but the rest of the metro is actually quite safe and it has the lowest cost of living in the US last time i heard. There are also a lot of cultural amenities w/in an hour drive of our area and plenty w/in our metro. We are an hour from Akron, Cleveland (lake erie) and Pittsburgh and are halfway between NYC and Chicago.

Here are some links of things to do just in the Youngstown area:

Mill Creek MetroParks

The Butler Institute of American Art

:: De Yor Performing Arts Center ::

Chevrolet Centre

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers Class A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians

Mosquito Lake State Park, an Ohio State Park

City of Warren, Ohio Plenty of concerts and festivals in the summer
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