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Old 09-06-2008, 03:39 AM
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Hi there,

I'm pretty much bored of my hometown and am looking to relocate to the LA area. I understand that the California unemployment rate is climbing. I have not secured a job there, but job searching from afar has been frustrating to say the least.

My question:
Am I being completely unrealistic and unreasonable in making the move without first securing a job?

I can stay at a friend's place while I do the job search. I'm 24 with two years of marketing experience (with a focus on writing). What kind of outlook am I looking at?

Any information that can be offered will be immensely helpful.
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Old 09-06-2008, 06:20 AM
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Have you ever been to the LA area before? For how long was your stay?

This problem is independent of where you are moving to; It is very risky to move anywhere without a job. You could probably find one but it might not be a close match to your skill set - you might be disappointed.

How long will your friend be your friend if you live at his house indefinitely?

Are you in a rush? If not, why not just keep applying from afar - perhaps even applying for less than optimal positions.

Are you completely familiar with
Regional rent costs?
Location of jobs?
Typical salaries for your experience level?

Does the salary you expect to receive support the housing costs (are they commensurate)?
Would you be willing to live with a roommate for an extended period of time?
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:45 AM
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Hi Charles,
Thanks for the reply. Here are my answers:

- I have been to LA several times for both week and weekend trips.
- I have stayed with this friend every time I visited LA. If I move, I will bring desktop computer, clothes, and car. Very minimal.
- I'm not in a rush per se... but I was recently laid off. And since I have to start fresh, I thought to myself, "What's the difference between starting fresh here, or there?" (Aside from the living cost. See below.)
- I've asked other friends of their living expenses and I calculated my expenses. If I'm conservative, I can survive for 3 months without any sort of income. Also, the typical salary of someone in my field/experience is higher than they are in my current location.
- If I'm smart with my finances, I can be okay with the lowest salary (entry level). Ideally, my experience will garner higher pay.
- I do have plans to live with a long-term roommate. And that will be with the person I will be staying with.

I'm trying to do my homework and gathering as much information as possible to help me in my decision-making.

With this background information, what do you think? Am I being ridiculously optimistic? Is it unreasonable? Stupid risk?
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Old 09-06-2008, 01:56 PM
Location: South Bay
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There are many, many marketing/advertising/PR companies in and around LA. Neilson is a big one, so is OTX and Lieberman. My wife is in marketing, so I'm pretty familiar with the industry here in LA.
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Old 09-10-2008, 10:42 AM
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@ BRinSM-

Is it possible to get an informational interview with you or your wife? If you don't mind, please PM me!

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