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Old 12-07-2015, 08:43 PM
 
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I landed an interview for later this week here in Columbus, with the help of a recruiter!

The interview is with a company located just 15 minutes away from my home. The company allegedly has great work/life balance and has been around since the 1960's. They are also in the same niche industry as my former company in Stamford, CT was in. The industry is so niche that my former CT co-workers would die laughing if they found out that I got a job with this company!

****ALSO!!!****

I have just received a response from another company just 20 minutes away from me. They said that an HR specialist will contact me soon!
Good luck. Of the targets you chose, Columbus has the lowest unemployment rate, which should help your odds.
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Old 12-07-2015, 08:48 PM
 
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One disappointing aspect of my job search, however, is that employers want to know why I am searching for opportunities in their city. They ask questions such as, "do you have family here?" It is so damn annoying. All of my family is in Hartford, CT, which has virtually NO jobs for me. So, it's highly unlikely that I'll find an opportunity near my family anyway. Even the employer who invited me in for an interview later this week here in Columbus has asked my recruiter if I have any "local support," meaning family, friends, etc. WHY the hell is this a prerequisite for getting a JOB?! !
Naturally. You moved around too much, and they can see that on your resume I assume. I'd ask, too.


I went to Nashville in 1997, but stayed until 2014. So 3 decades in Ct, 17 years in Tn, 1 year now in NJ.


Had I moved every few years, I'd have faced the same logical questions from employers. they are not going to hire you unless you convince them you are looking at many years with them in Ohio. Study what locals know about the area, talk about it when discussion hits non work segment. "Oh yes, I want to get annual season passes to XYZ, can't wait for the "ABC Day 11 months from now" kind of thing. LONG term.


You can't say "I wanted to "try out" a new city. They aren't looking for a 1-2 year gig, so you need to convince them you seek to break your past pattern, and stay, long-term in Columbus.
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Old 12-07-2015, 08:50 PM
 
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I am an independent, introverted person who is NOT family oriented.


You had a thread lamenting you must see them 6 times per year. Make up your mind. 6 times is family oriented. I did 2x in Tn.
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Old 12-07-2015, 08:50 PM
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Naturally. You moved around too much, and they can see that on your resume I assume. I'd ask, too.


I went to Nashville in 1997, but stayed until 2014. So 3 decades in Ct, 17 years in Tn, 1 year now in NJ.


Had I moved every few years, I'd have faced the same logical questions from employers. they are not going to hire you unless you convince them you are looking at many years with them in Ohio. Study what locals know about the area, talk about it when discussion hits non work segment. "Oh yes, I want to get annual season passes to XYZ, can't wait for the "ABC Day 11 months from now" kind of thing. LONG term.


You can't say "I wanted to "try out" a new city. They aren't looking for a 1-2 year gig, so you need to convince them you seek to break your past pattern, and stay, long-term in Columbus.
This is so true. I think anyone would be asked this question, but in nep's case...even more so once they've seen his resume with locations all over the place.
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Old 12-07-2015, 08:54 PM
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You had a thread lamenting you must see them 6 times per year. Make up your mind. 6 times is family oriented. I did 2x in Tn.
He may be independent, but 6x a year seeing family is not normal...especially if he views that as a requirement. In his family thread, he said that seeing family once or twice a year is a joke.
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Old 12-07-2015, 09:00 PM
 
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He may be independent, but 6x a year seeing family is not normal...especially if he views that as a requirement. In his family thread, he said that seeing family once or twice a year is a joke.
I can deal with seeing them as little as 4 times a year, but no less than that. Hey, if I can afford it, why not?

Anyway, although I changed jobs a lot in my career, ALL of those jobs, prior to Ohio, were within the 60-mile corridor between Hartford and NYC. It's not like I did numerous cross country relocations.

However, I'm pretty excited about the potential to relocate to Chicago now. I've been there and it's a nice city. And it has direct flights to Hartford, which is great. I also know a handful of people that I knew from CT that moved to Chicago. And it's only a 2.5 hr drive to my brother's house in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. So, I would feel more connected to family and friends in Chicago than Columbus. However, I would be very happy to stay in Columbus as well, since I like it here anyway, because with my brand new attitude, I do not care where I live anymore!
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Old 12-07-2015, 09:02 PM
 
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Tomorrow afternoon I have a Skype "interview" with a recruiter based in Chicago. How am I supposed to dress for this? I don't feel like wearing a full formal suit just to sit in my bedroom in front of the computer screen, with only my face and upper torso showing on her screen. Can't I just wear a polo shirt or something? I mean, it's just a recruiter, and I'm not actually meeting her face to face. But when I do meet a recruiter in person, I always dress in a full formal suit.

Dress for a formal interview. That is what it is.
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Old 12-07-2015, 09:04 PM
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I can deal with seeing them as little as 4 times a year, but no less than that. Hey, if I can afford it, why not?

Anyway, although I changed jobs a lot in my career, ALL of those jobs, prior to Ohio, were within the 60-mile corridor between Hartford and NYC. It's not like I did numerous cross country relocations.
But in that thread, those weren't your reasons. You said you couldn't deal with driving 8 hours, that you had to use your parent's bathroom, had to pay to rent a car, wouldn't fly because it's more expensive, etc. So which is it?

Also, I don't know your resume...but it seems like you've had some employment gaps and also leaving employers after 1-2 years. So a prospective employer will see that also, and combined with some of your jobs being in different locations...that really doesn't look good.
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Old 12-07-2015, 09:06 PM
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because with my brand new attitude, I do not care where I live anymore!
That can only last so long. Everyone cares where they live. You'll eventually reach a point where you're fed up with things you don't like about where you live. That's the entire basis of City-Data.
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Old 12-07-2015, 09:06 PM
 
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But in that thread, those weren't your reasons. You said you couldn't deal with driving 8 hours, that you had to use your parent's bathroom, had to pay to rent a car, wouldn't fly because it's more expensive, etc. So which is it?

Also, I don't know your resume...but it seems like you've had some employment gaps and also leaving employers after 1-2 years. So a prospective employer will see that also, and combined with some of your jobs being in different locations...that really doesn't look good.
Well, in the places that I'm looking for jobs, the ratio of job postings to unemployed persons is 1:1, which is good news. That means there is a job opening for everyone.

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