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Old 04-07-2008, 10:01 AM
 
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I'm a 23 old female trying to decide about moving to LA in June from Alabama. I already have a job there should I choose to take it but will not have a salary quote until I go visit in May. What is a reasonable salary for a college graduate (1st job out of school) in sales, when taking into account the cost of living in LA? Any other general advice would be helpful as well.
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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This link will give you an idea of housing craigslist: los angeles classifieds for jobs, apartments, personals, for sale, services, community, and events. Car insurance generally is about $150 - $200 per month for full coverage. To live comfortably in L.A., you want a minimum $40,000 per year.
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Old 04-09-2008, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Home of King Willie the not so great
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I'm a 23 old female trying to decide about moving to LA in June from Alabama. I already have a job there should I choose to take it but will not have a salary quote until I go visit in May. What is a reasonable salary for a college graduate (1st job out of school) in sales, when taking into account the cost of living in LA? Any other general advice would be helpful as well.
Also try salary.com. Click on relocation -they have a calculator on there. You can also use the salary wizard to get an estimate of what the median pay is for your new location. Good for negotiating your pay as well...."well i researched the pay for my postion in this region..." you get the point. Good luck.
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Old 04-09-2008, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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IAny other general advice would be helpful as well.
Where will the job be?
Will you be doing much driving?

Out of curiosity, where in Alabama are you from? Where did you attend school?

I grew up in Southern California and I visit Huntsville a lot (and "visit" might turn into "live in").

It will quite an experience for you when you move to Los Angeles.
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I'm a 23 old female trying to decide about moving to LA in June from Alabama. I already have a job there should I choose to take it but will not have a salary quote until I go visit in May. What is a reasonable salary for a college graduate (1st job out of school) in sales, when taking into account the cost of living in LA? Any other general advice would be helpful as well.
Well I don't think its a good idea to move to LA on a first job at all. I live in Birmingham and I think it's expensive and hard enough here as is on a first job. You should pay your dues here and then go out there when you are further in your career and have the minimum 50-60k a year that it takes to live there comfortably and that you won't likely get on a first job. Sure you could do it with roommates I guess but you're in for a shock.
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:35 PM
 
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Where will the job be?
Will you be doing much driving?

Out of curiosity, where in Alabama are you from? Where did you attend school?

I grew up in Southern California and I visit Huntsville a lot (and "visit" might turn into "live in").

It will quite an experience for you when you move to Los Angeles.
What about Colorado?
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Old 04-10-2008, 12:52 AM
 
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I'm a 23 old female trying to decide about moving to LA in June from Alabama. I already have a job there should I choose to take it but will not have a salary quote until I go visit in May. What is a reasonable salary for a college graduate (1st job out of school) in sales, when taking into account the cost of living in LA? Any other general advice would be helpful as well.
Find out where you will work and then look for rentals nearby. Ask here for assistance about the various nearby neighborhoods. In sales, you may work on the road & from a laptop.. that may be a plus. roomates.com is a good way to hook up for cheap or get into a nicer area than you could normally afford on your own.

Given your age, and the fact you have graduated from college, I would highly suggest you go for it. You may really enjoy your time here and if its not the place for you, simply move on to somewhere else.

If you are good at what you do and enjoy yourself, you will be sought after. Follow it, be casual, persistant, and efficient, take one step at a time, and do a great job each step of the way.

Good luck
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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What about Colorado?
Still here but looking; If the man gives me a promotion and the full relo package I think we're moving. Career opportunities - there are three times more employees of my company in Huntsville than there are in the entire state of Colorado. I love Colorado and Colorado weather but my wife is getting sick of cold weather - she's stuck with all the kids and a baby inside most of the winter. Today our elementary school was closed due to icy roads. Also, our street has no kids on it so it exacerbates the problems when kids (we have four kids under nine) have to be inside due to cold.

Looking here:

Hampton Cove

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Old 04-10-2008, 10:13 AM
 
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Still here but looking; If the man gives me a promotion and the full relo package I think we're moving. Career opportunities - there are three times more employees of my company in Huntsville than there are in the entire state of Colorado. I love Colorado and Colorado weather but my wife is getting sick of cold weather - she's stuck with all the kids and a baby inside most of the winter. Today our elementary school was closed due to icy roads. Also, our street has no kids on it so it exacerbates the problems when kids (we have four kids under nine) have to be inside due to cold.

Looking here:

Hampton Cove
Nice part of Huntsville. It's also a great location if you like playing golf.
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Old 04-10-2008, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Hel-A
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Beware...LA is very very expensive. Usually the apartments are small and cost atleast $1600 for a one bedroom. Some places will offer a studio for that same amount. If you have a roommate...you can share the rent or rent a room but be careful when renting rooms. Also...choose your area wisely!
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