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Old 03-23-2011, 10:49 PM
Location: Akron, OH
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I hope to move down to Florida one day, and I was wondering what would be the best way to do it. I'm sick of Ohio, I can't stand winter and snow. Akron, OH has high unemployment and I know you do as well, but after some research, I found there are more jobs in my line of work than what's available in Akron. My line of work is in computers (programming, web design, graphics). I wouldn't have a whole lot to move since I'm 25 and still live with my parents, so just basically what's in my bedroom.

What I want to know is what would be the best way to move there? If you're not a native, how did you go about doing it? Did you find a job before you moved, or did you go down then find a job? The latter seems too risky for me to try. Any input from HR recruiters would also be helpful.
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:53 AM
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Definitely lock in the job before moving.
If you're a coder, check with the HR people at Lockheed Martin & Seimens.
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:05 PM
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Location: Asheville, NC
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Yup, find a job then move here. I hear ya about the snow. I moved here from PA 11 years ago and don't miss those looong, dreary winters. Good luck!
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:55 AM
Location: Akron, OH
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I guess I could check at LM. I suppose it's going to be a challenge since I've only been out of college for 2 years and not much professional experience, so I would be searching for entry level jobs, and I wouldn't really stand out too much from the flood of local applicants. I have one goal in mind, and that is to get out of Ohio ASAP. I took a job search trip to Central Florida last July to no success. Any other input would be helpful.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:35 PM
Location: Palm Coast, FL
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As it has been mentioned, find the job first. I'm retired. My wife found a job when we were down for a vacation. Jobs are scarce. Being in computers, have you checked on-line for anything available in your ine of work that would accept you at your entry level? Should you find a job, rent first (if you are considering buying) that way you'll have a chance to see if the area that you're living in is close to your job, shopping and entertainment. Traffic in Central Florida can be heavy/difficult at times. Be patient, if you want to get away from the winter/snow, you'll find a way to make it happen. Good Luck in your search!
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:10 AM
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I left Akron, Ohio in 1976 and joined the Navy so I "feel your pain". I hated those winters in Akron and dreary weather.

Well, Florida certainly does not get snow and darn hot and humid in the summer, but I'll take that weather any day of the week when compared to the winters up North.

Moving here? I would consider attending UCF or UF and get a under grad or graduate degree. Both are very good schools and it would give you a chance to get your feet wet in FL without worrying about a job right away. If not, get a job first, then move. Don't even consider moving here without a job. Another thing to consider is your support network, (friends, parents etc), are up there and not down here so you will have to rely just on yourself for a while.

Orlando is a "big small town" and spread out over a wide area. The downtown is about the same size as Akron. Housing costs vary depending on size, location, age etc...apartments are all over town.

Jobs - not a good situation for many people. Florida is still a "tourist, retired people" state. With some high tech. Nasa took a "Obama hit" so that will kill that area for a while.

South Florida - Not worth moving to unless you get a pretty good job offer. Too much crime, housing costs are higher, traffic, etc....

Tampa Area - Long term they have a problem with not enough water and sink holes.

Jacksonville - Nice, I have a good friend from high school that lives there for 30 years. The beaches are nice, jobs depends on your skill set.

You need to do some good planning where to move too and plan on living very conservative. But with Craigslist, garage sales, estate sales, you can get most of what you need for an apartment very cheaply. I lived in Japan while in the service, small 800 sq foot home, very little furniture, no car, so it is easy for me not to spend money. At this stage in your life you really don't need much more than a job and money in the bank.

Florida is a good choice, but don't limit yourself to it. You will have to "follow the jobs" and be ready to move. Good luck!
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:12 AM
Location: Orlando
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You definitely want to find a job first and then move. My husband works for LM and it's a good company. He is off every other Friday and the plant closes from Christmas to New Years so you're off without having to use your vacation time. It takes FOREVER to get in with them (took him over 8 weeks), so just keep applying and be patient. You have a plus, you have a degree and you're young, so if you're willing to start low, it's the company to be in. Good luck!
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