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Old 02-25-2014, 08:47 PM
 
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I'm currently unemployed (just finished my degree after a large layoff) and am planning to move to NC from NY in 6 months. I've been interviewing and am suddenly scared to take a job that I'll have to leave in 6 months for the move.

On the one hand, I have to work and my resume will look silly if I just stay unemployed for 8 months after graduation and then move to a brand new state.

On the other, leaving an employer after just 6 months feels wrong to me and my resume will make it look as if I'm job hopping although I was in my last position more than 6 years.

Thoughts?
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:53 PM
 
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Might I ask what's bringing you to NC in six months? Seems like both a specific location and a specific timeframe.

My advice would always be to take work if you can get it. It's easier to get a job if you have a job, and you can start your job hunt while still in NY and frame the move as being driven by something external.

Then again, while you're soliciting advice, I'd always say to get a job where you're going before you move, whenever possible. I think I'd get an NY job if I could and then not move until I had a job lined up in NC.
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:05 PM
 
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I'm moving for my son to be closer to my family and since I'm done with school and I'm not really tied to anything, it seems that it's a good time. And also because I hate these harsh winters!!

I do need to wait the six months for my son to be done with the school year and for my lease to be up. I'm still figuring out the logistics of having something lined up in NC. I'm thinking about maybe working with some staffing agencies down there?
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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Are you just starting your career - will this be your first full-time, "real" job? It's not unusual to have job hopping when you're younger. I had 3 jobs within 4 years of graduating college, then was with the next company 9 years.

Also, if you end up in NC, welcome! I'm a "Yankee" also (from Westchester County), but I escaped over 30 years ago.
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:20 AM
 
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Thank you!

No, this will be my second career. I was with my last company for 7 years. I went back to school quite a bit late.
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:22 AM
 
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Lol, I like how you say you "escaped"... kind of how I feel too!
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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Lol, I like how you say you "escaped"... kind of how I feel too!
I left at 18 to go to college in San Diego, thinking I might want to return and live in NYC after college, before I had a family. The urge to return to NY never came.

I really like NC (especially the larger metro areas) for a compromise of a fair amount of things to do, proximity to various other cities, reasonably cost of living, low tax burden, relatively safe, good schools, good climate (change of seasons without being too extreme), etc. I've lived in eastern NC (Greenville), a rural area northeast of Raleigh, now outside of Winston-Salem.
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:33 AM
 
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If an employer asks why you left after 7 months...just explain you were waiting for you child to be finished with school.
That's perfectly reasonable. These days people have many jobs with various durations on their resume.

Go ahead and take the job...work hard for 6 or 7 months...give your employer his money's worth. You have to look out for yourself. Taking a job is a business relationship. If the business needs to fire you or lay you off...they will. It's important for you and your child that you work for these 6 months...
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:27 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Get a job AND THEN move? Advice please.
That advice is directed mostly to FAMILY units with dependents.
They really have no choice BUT to KNOW they have SOME income.
And it's not exclusive to NC. It applies generally.

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I'm currently unemployed (just finished my degree after a large layoff)...
If you have a good reason to go and something positive to go TO (few really do)
then don't stand on formality so long as you also have six months of expenses saved up
and a SOLIDLY needed skill that requires licensing or regulation.
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