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Old 06-06-2011, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Portland Metro
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Yeah I know Portland is a lot further away.. we thought moving to Phoenix being a 5 hour drive our family would visit us a lot more especially to come visit their first grandaughter, but it seems its always us who end up driving back to san diego and they never try to make any initiative to come visit us. I think in the 3+ years we have been here both sides of our parents have came out here twice (twice each side)
I feel for you. My wife's mom visits us all the time, and she lives in Florida. She flies to Portland 2-3 times a year and stays 2+ weeks. Loves to spend time with the grandkids.

My side of the family is different. They all live in Northern CA and I never see them unless I travel down there.
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Old 06-06-2011, 12:17 PM
 
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I feel for you. My wife's mom visits us all the time, and she lives in Florida. She flies to Portland 2-3 times a year and stays 2+ weeks. Loves to spend time with the grandkids.

My side of the family is different. They all live in Northern CA and I never see them unless I travel down there.
well at least your mother-in-law visits that much, thats cool she flys from FL to spend that much time.

so whats your suggestions on job hunting? should i start sending out my resume now? then schedule some interviews during a time I can fly out there for a long weekend? like a 4 day weekend, and do the interviews on those 2 days during the week since getting an interview on the weekend might be slim
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Old 06-06-2011, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Portland Metro
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Yes, she's a cool Mom-in-law!

The job market is not great up here right now. I'm in a field that is only tangentially related to IT, so I don't keep track of all the ins and outs of that field, but from everything that I've read and seen there's a lot of competition for a small number of openings. However, I've found that Indeed and Craigslist are good sources, and my advice to you would be to go ahead and start applying so that you can at least get a feel for the job market. You certainly don't have to accept invitations to interview unless it looks like it's going to be a good fit. If you do get a bite on a job that sounds promising, see if the employer will do the initial interview by phone. If you each like what you hear, then offer to fly up for an in-person interview. It would be a bonus if they pay your airfare, but don't expect it.

Bottom line is in this market don't expect employers to accommodate you. You are the one that will need to be flexible (which is difficult but not impossible from 1200 miles away).
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:34 PM
 
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Just another word of advice, I would sign up for a free Google Voice account which has a Portland number. Many potential employers will disregard a resume that has a long-distance phone number and address, thinking they are probably just window-shopping, so to speak. If you at least have a local number, they might be more inclined to give you a try, and when you get them on the phone you can explain you are in between moves (not too far from the truth). Then set up an interview time and fly in.
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:43 PM
 
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wow thanks for all the replies everyone!

jjpop: Yeah I know Portland is a lot further away.. we thought moving to Phoenix being a 5 hour drive our family would visit us a lot more especially to come visit their first grandaughter, but it seems its always us who end up driving back to san diego and they never try to make any initiative to come visit us. I think in the 3+ years we have been here both sides of our parents have came out here twice (twice each side)

friggsdottir: yeah we should definitely set something up once we make the jump

hamellr: thanks for the job seeking input, ill check out that list today! i think my resume is pretty good.. I'm kind of like a jack of all trades sysadmin and level 2 desktop support. I might just have to do the temp agency thing for awhile like you, jumping from temp to temp til I find something substantial


also do you guys recommend me applying to places now, then flying up to do in person interviews? or save up money and move first for the convenience of being there to do the in person interviews?
I can relate with that. One Major reason why I left the midwest to live in Portland. There were other reasons, but that played an important part.
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Old 06-08-2011, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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Just another word of advice, I would sign up for a free Google Voice account which has a Portland number. Many potential employers will disregard a resume that has a long-distance phone number and address, thinking they are probably just window-shopping, so to speak. If you at least have a local number, they might be more inclined to give you a try, and when you get them on the phone you can explain you are in between moves (not too far from the truth). Then set up an interview time and fly in.
Yes! I cannot emphasize this enough. I made this exact move two years ago, and know that I would not have even gotten a response without a Portland area phone number and address. Other than this, I can't really add anything that nobody else already said. Competition is fierce here, so I wish you the best of luck!
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Old 06-09-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Portland OR
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Good luck with the new bambino and the upcoming move!

Portland will be quite a difference from Pheonix and San Diego. I lived in San Diego for a few years but have never lived in Pheonix.

It sounds like you enjoy cloudy weather, that is good because it is cloudy here A LOT. Not too bad today though . The nice thing about winters here is that even while cloudy and rainy, the winter grass is soooo green and the numerous evergreen trees keep the hills and landscape green as well. I feel that this helps it from becoming too dreary. Others may disagree.

While I think having a local number will certainly help like some posters said, I did get a job from CA with my old phone number with CA area code. My job however is very specific as I am a veterinarian. I don't know about IT jobs but it seems as if jobs in general are VERY difficult to find here. I think it is very important to have a job before moving here because it could be months before finding one here unless you have money set aside for that possibility. I agree wholeheartedly with the poster who said that the competition for jobs here is fierce.

While I don't have any children (yet), I do find this area very child friendly. I did a career day presentation at a local school and found the classroom size very small compared to schools I have visited in both So Cal and Nor Cal. The children were also very well behaved.

I do think that PDX would be a good move from PHX if you can find employment here. It is a great city but you may want to consider finding some time during the winter to visit the fam in San Diego just to escape the clouds for a while. You probably will like the overcast in November but by March or April you will be ready for some sun. At least your skin cancer worries will be almost nil here. My skin has never been so pasty white!
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:23 PM
 
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"also do you guys recommend me applying to places now, then flying up to do in person interviews? or save up money and move first for the convenience of being there to do the in person interviews?"

It certainly doesn't hurt to apply from there - don't expect a lot of results unless you are a specialist in a rare area. We are indeed awash with IT people - we've only mostly recovered from the 2001 recession. On the other hand, software is growing and attracting some venture money.
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:25 PM
 
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" it seems its always us who end up driving back to san diego and they never try to make any initiative to come visit us. "

Though we were all (but one) born in Seattle, the rest of my family lives in California, and it's the same thing. I end up doing the visiting.
Oh well!
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