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Old 04-28-2013, 11:43 PM
 
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I currently live in Milwaukee, WI and have decided that I wanted to move to Pacific NW soon. I have lived in Seattle for a little over a year before and have visited Portland several times...loved both cities (and the outdoors!), the people and the public transportation there. I am also looking at some smaller cities as well, though I don't know too much about them. I work in the field of geographic information systems, and I think the job market is picking up for my field. It is not easy to apply for a job from a different state, but I am trying. At some point, however, I think I may have to just move somewhere before I can get a job since I know a lot of companies probably don't even look at my resume just because I am out of state. Any thoughts on comparing several of the cities in the area as far as their major differences? Job security is important to me, so does things to do/meeting new friends etc. I am also looking to buy a house/condo/townhouse.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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The best way to approach a job search from a distance is to make it immediately clear that you will be moving to the community and are available for employment with appropriate notice to your current employer (or upon completing your studies in ...). There is a poster in the Employment Forum that is doing that from the east coast with Portland as her destination and is having some success. If you are applying for a job in NW Washington include the fact that you have lived in the city and grew to love the Pacific Northwest.

Don't waste your time comparing cities, towns. None are dreadful. Focus on the job hunt.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:31 AM
 
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I would try and get a job before moving because the job market in the northwest can be tough and having an income set up will make everything else much easier.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:53 PM
 
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The best way to approach a job search from a distance is to make it immediately clear that you will be moving to the community and are available for employment with appropriate notice to your current employer (or upon completing your studies in ...). There is a poster in the Employment Forum that is doing that from the east coast with Portland as her destination and is having some success. If you are applying for a job in NW Washington include the fact that you have lived in the city and grew to love the Pacific Northwest.

Don't waste your time comparing cities, towns. None are dreadful. Focus on the job hunt.
Thank you for your advice! I applied to 4 jobs that I felt well qualified for and would love to land any of them in the past 2 weeks. After several years of job hunting, I finally got the hang of how to be more aggressive about my job search and target the right jobs.

I tried to look for the poster you mentioned and could not find the Employment Forum, can you point me to it if you can still find it?
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:56 PM
 
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I would try and get a job before moving because the job market in the northwest can be tough and having an income set up will make everything else much easier.
Yeah I know, I really don't like feeling insecure in a new city and not knowing when/if my next job is going to come. I have a good job now that provides me income, so I will do my best to line up my next job from here and hopefully it won't take too long.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:00 AM
 
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Yeah I know, I really don't like feeling insecure in a new city and not knowing when/if my next job is going to come. I have a good job now that provides me income, so I will do my best to line up my next job from here and hopefully it won't take too long.
Although I would absolutely try as hard as you can to get a job before you move don't have your move depend on it. I've been told many times that because it's a tight market in Oregon they tend not to hire people that aren't already there. Granted this is just what people have told me so take it with a grain of sand. But if you really want to move perhaps have a back up plan if you don't get a job from your current location, such as saving up a considerable amount and moving there. Just giving my 2 cents.
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