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Old 04-03-2012, 06:59 PM
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I lived in Cary for 4+ years before deciding to move here largely due to job factor - its a different world here in terms of economy. But of course if you are in tech sector. I cannot speak about other areas.
In terms of living here, I love it - the hills, the ocean, the weather, the food choices. Of course its expensive, that's why lining up a job is necessary.
In the end you have to decide what's important to you. We traded a large house and backyard for small apartment that's more expensive than the house mortgage we had but we don't regret it. Its just the tradeoffs you make.
Also, if you like to travel, hike and outdoorsy then there are tons of places in and around CA.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:10 AM
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Wow CaryPrincess, you make me want to just pack up and leave Charlotte, NC.....Home is currently on the market, just waiting for it to sell......So sick of NC...and it's like you said, "its the tradeoffs you make"....Just so much, much, much more to do out there in my opinion....And the lifestyle...it can't be beat. How was your job search? Were you able to obtain employment before you moved....Im finding it extremely hard to secure employment as an out of state candidate. So until my house sells, Im' building up my savings account as a cushion.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:17 AM
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Yes, finding a job from across the country is very difficult. Recruiters don't venture outside the state if they have the talent in state. What industry are you in? LinkedIn is major source of recruitment. If you have local address with a friend or so, that might work.
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:09 PM
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Im work as an analyst for one of of the major banks in downtown Charlotte.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:38 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Originally Posted by westcoastbabe View Post
Im work as an analyst for one of of the major banks in downtown Charlotte.
Still here I see. Isn't this thread about 2 years old? Are you still in NC? Seems like I might move back there before you do.

With your background, you could go for an equivalent job with one of the banks in San Francisco, or perhaps in the finance/accounting department in one of the startups on the peninsula. Maybe you could even get into a place like Cisco or Apple.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:11 AM
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I'm actually in the same boat: early 30s in Florida. I'm moving to Cali in 2 weeks I flew out a month ago and found a place to rent (which was challenging because I come with 'baggage': 2 cats and a car).

The job: I actually work remotely. I'm on contract now for interfaces for a hospital system till July. I'll have to wake up at 6am PST to be on a 9am EST conf call, but whatever...it'll be worth it!

Reasons I'm moving: as you said, I'm over it. I think I tried to not see how ignorant the south is, and it's just out of control lately.

1. I can't tell you how much crap I get for being Vegan. People have to pick on me for it, when I say nothing...it's annoying. I cried when I was in San Fran a few months ago, at lunch with a group of my friend's friends - I ordered and no one cared. No one tried to order for me, no one talked about Bacon for 20 minutes after I ordered...nothing. I ordered like a 'normal' person for the first time in 15 yrs. That's what sold me Cali in the first place. But here are some other bonuses:

2. In California, their drunk people COMPOST - there is composting in bars, where here in Florida, it's hard to even recycle! People don't even know what composting is.

3. No bugs in San Fran! I don't have to carry an Epi-Pen anymore

4. Smoking is practically outlawed. I don't have to carry an inhaler, either (yay I can ditch my purse since I'm no longer a walking pharmacy!)

5. Awesome public transportation. I'm coming with a car, just because I'm use to her and can't imagine not needing her, and I'm a hockey player - so not sure how bringing all my gear on a bus would work yet...but I foresee selling Zelda in the future.

6. Hockey - woah...this was a surprise to see how huge it is in San Jose - and NHL is in a lockout! Rink there has 4 sheets of ice? I'm from Michigan/New Hampshire, haven't seen a 4 sheet rink before. And they're building 2 more!

7. I really don't have to go into this, but ya, tons to do. I'm use to the outdoors living here in Florida, so it'll be fun to be outdoors in a new light. I'm use to water sports 24/7, but looks like I'm gonna learn how to snowboard, hike, and climb rocks

8. People seem super nice - I know there are rotten apples everywhere, but so far, after 3 trips to the area I have zero bad experiences with the locals.

Good luck on getting out there lady I'm shipping all of my stuff on Dec 4th, I fly out with my cats Dec 8th, and my stuff arrives on Dec 11th. I decided not to drive because I make more in a week than I would save by driving myself. I can't wait to get outta here!
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