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Old 07-10-2010, 09:15 PM
 
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Default Considering Portland!

My girlfriend and I are young (20) and we are considering moving from Syracuse, NY to Portland for a life re-boot! We've found some nice places that we're going to check out, but we're a bit concerned with jobs. Are there a lot of jobs that are open? I'm not looking for a professional job, just something that pays at least $10/hr. We're very excited to move and hope you friendly folks might have some answers for us!
-Ryan
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:14 PM
 
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Like most of the country jobs in Portland are not all that easy to find. Maine has a lot of seasonal work with painting, carpentry and general construction labor. Restaurants hire in the summer as well as tourist oriented businesses like motels. In the fall much of that work dries up. If you come here now you'll probably find work OK but later in the fall you may have a bit of trouble finding work. Portland has a pretty large homeless population which is not advertised in the brochure. The place is becoming the San Francisco of the east coast. Portland won't be any more exciting than Syracuse but being on the coast is nice.
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Old 07-15-2010, 05:37 PM
 
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I also a 20 yr old and I am wanting to Portland Maine. For jobs in Portland I would check out http://www.jobsinme.com. I have found the website very helpful in looking for a job in portland area. It's a big risk but were are young and the worst thing that happens is your have to go back to NY. I also suggest making a pro/con list as well. To see all the positives and negatives. But in the end its your decision. Good Luck!
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:47 AM
 
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I would beg to differ that Portland will be ""no more exciting" than Syracuse. Sure, it's not a huge club scene town, but there is the ocean and lots of good restaurants and overall a more hip feel in my opinion.
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:14 AM
 
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I haven't worked full time since I moved here. There is a ton of competition for jobs in Portland. My advice: stay where you are.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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I would beg to differ that Portland will be ""no more exciting" than Syracuse. Sure, it's not a huge club scene town, but there is the ocean and lots of good restaurants and overall a more hip feel in my opinion.
If you find Portland exciting you need to get out more often.
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Maine
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It's all relative, my friend. I have been away -- lived in Dublin, MA, MI and NM. Portland has most of what I want for me and my family. I might have to go out of the state for an Ann Taylor outlet, but that's about it.

Maybe it's because I am old now. I couldn't wait to leave the Portland area when I was going to college.
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:10 PM
 
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Maineah - ever been to Syracuse? It makes Lewiston look nice.
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