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Old 12-08-2015, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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You're really going to have to decide if such a narrow career is worth it to you.

Let's face it - $60k-$70k in midsize metros like Columbus is a slightly above average to good salary, but it's not knocking it out of the ballpark. You have pretty substantial savings and are either debt-free or relatively close to it, unemployed in a city you don't really know. Now is the time to go somewhere else if you want and you've made numerous threads about not liking accounting, so now is the time to take whatever you can get and reinvent yourself if you like.

If you can find only two or three jobs you can do in major metro areas of ~2 million, that's a problem.
I am fine with staying in tax accounting and don't want to change my career anymore. It's not so much the content of the work as it is the people I work with and company culture, etc. that matters to me. My former job as a tax accountant in Stamford, CT was great, because the company was great and the people I worked with were great people. As such, the content of the work didn't bother me so much.
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Old 12-08-2015, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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So I just had the Skype interview with the recruiter in Chicago. It was kind of strange, but overall it went okay.

The recruiter was supposed to Skype call me, but 20 minutes went by and she never called. So I had to phone call her and remind her that we had a Skype interview. I mean, I was all dressed up in a suit.....sigh. Nonetheless, she apologized and then Skype called me.

The entire Skype call lasted only 10 minutes. From the very beginning, she appeared very exhausted, never smiled, and never looked into the camera even ONCE. The entire time, I was smiling here and there and trying my best to look into the camera, and act engaged. She acted like she couldn't WAIT for 5:00 to come.

Anyway, I did my part. I dressed to impress, responded to her questions very professionally, smiled and was sincere.
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:18 PM
 
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Many companies don't look at roles as being for "many years" these days. I work in IT, and of the ten people currently employed at this site, none were here on 1/1/2012. Of the roughly thirty people in the division, only a handful were here before 2010. I was hired last March, my manager the week after me, and everyone else under my manager is newer than him. Come to think of it - I'm the co "most senior" person that reports up through my manager's manager, which is nearly twenty people.

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Employers look for long-term hires. Not saying it holds true in practice that they stay, but to be frank, my last several employers most often tossed resumes of serial job hoppers.


Now with Columbus 4% unemployment rate, that region may not have the luxury to toss any resumes.
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:20 PM
 
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Anyway, I did my part. I dressed to impress, responded to her questions very professionally, smiled and was sincere.


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Old 12-08-2015, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Yay! I just received an invitation for a phone interview with HR tomorrow with a biopharmaceutical company in Chicagoland!
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Western MA
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Yay! I just received an invitation for a phone interview with HR tomorrow with a biopharmaceutical company in Chicagoland!
Sounds good Nep. Good luck!
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Sounds good Nep. Good luck!
Thanks!

I am surprised that companies and recruiters are even showing interest! I thought my resume was unemployable!

Yay! That means I can continue job hopping every 2 years for the rest of my life..yay!

Just kidding.
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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Thanks!

I am surprised that companies and recruiters are even showing interest! I thought my resume was unemployable!

Yay! That means I can continue job hopping every 2 years for the rest of my life..yay!

Just kidding.
Good luck Nep! FWIW ... I think in most of the Chicago area you would find more convenient, reasonably priced suburban areas for living options than was the case in Stamford. Pharma is likely a pretty good industry these days too.
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:51 PM
 
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Yay! I just received an invitation for a phone interview with HR tomorrow with a biopharmaceutical company in Chicagoland!

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Old 12-08-2015, 05:53 PM
 
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Thanks!

I am surprised that companies and recruiters are even showing interest! I thought my resume was unemployable!

Yay! That means I can continue job hopping every 2 years for the rest of my life..yay!

Just kidding.


No. You are dealing in low unemployment cities,and they cannot avoid job hoppers. Ct can, due to mediocre unemployment and corp hqs possibly fleeing, so there job hopping harms you. Note the stark difference in results.
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