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Old 02-09-2013, 11:22 PM
 
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Has anyone ever moved to Tennessee from a different state with a job first? How did you interview for it? Can you sum up how you did it?

or if not, how did you make it?
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Moved from Florida in 2005. Bear in mind, the economy was going strong across the country. It was artificially booming but jobs were to be had, for sure.

I was married at the time and my husband was an auto mechanic with many years experience. We had heavily researched the area - even though there wasn't a City-Data back then! - and even came up to Chattanooga and Knoxville for a visit.

Knoxville had more jobs advertised, by a mile. However, about a month before we moved the Knoxville jobs seemed to disappear. We decided to move anyway. The day before we pulled out of Florida there was an advertisement for one job in Knoxville - nothing still in Chattanooga - so he called. The guy said that he sounded promising so he set up an interview. As soon as we got into town, he interviewed and got the job.

We stayed at a campground for about a week. We found a rental, looked at it, put down a deposit and moved in. I signed my daughter up at school the next day and turned on all the utilities.

Now, Knoxville still has the best unemployment rate of the largest MSAs in Knoxville but it isn't even close to what it was back then. My guess is the rate was more in the 3 to 4 percent range and it is now 5.3. Also, my ex has a trade that almost always is hiring.

Last year I looked for a job and it took about a month. It's a great job with good bennies but I have an extensive resume as well. However, I do fall into the "too old to hire" category and I did fine. However, I give a very strong interview. Life is what you make it and you have to really have gumption to make a go of it, no matter where you live.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:47 AM
 
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my husband was consulting for a company and they offered him a full-time job that would mean no travel so he we moved here.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:16 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Didn't move from another state but did move 500 miles from one extreme end to the other. Asked my company for a transfer, waited several months for an opening to come up, interviewed, got accepted, and then did a couple of months of weekend trips back and forth to settle everything once I had the job.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:01 PM
 
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Forced relocation by my company. They brought us all here one weekend on a hard sell. Came back on their expense for 4 days to look around later once I'd decided to move. Movers, car transport, flights, hotel when I arrived, rental car until my truck arrived - all of that was arranged and paid by my employer, plus all other moving related expenses (food, etc.) I just had to pack and get on the plane. Would not have done it otherwise.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:13 PM
 
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Forced relocation by my company. They brought us all here one weekend on a hard sell. Came back on their expense for 4 days to look around later once I'd decided to move. Movers, car transport, flights, hotel when I arrived, rental car until my truck arrived - all of that was arranged and paid by my employer, plus all other moving related expenses (food, etc.) I just had to pack and get on the plane. Would not have done it otherwise.
So you wouldn't have moved there because of all the work involved?

I think you lucked out, getting it all paid for? What state were you leaving?
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:58 PM
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Spent several vacations in TN, then decided we wanted to move there. Researched online what area we wanted to move to, then went online looking for jobs that we had experience in. Applied for the job online, received a call to interview and do some testing. Drove up to TN, spent an extra day there looking at apartments. Took a few months, then was offered the job, knew I wasn't going to get a vaca for awhile , so the time frame worked out for the job start that we took a road trip back to TN (and other places for a minivaca). While in TN went back to Apartments, checked out some extra ones and decided on which one we wanted to move to. Unfortunately the job start didn't line up with the apartment being ready, so actually had to stay in an extended stay for a month. But, it was worth it in the end.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:01 PM
 
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So you wouldn't have moved there because of all the work involved?

I think you lucked out, getting it all paid for? What state were you leaving?
No way. I moved from Northern California and would go back there in a heartbeat. But my work situation forced me to move. I will be returning to California when situations play out. I will likely have to pay for it myself, so I'll sell pretty much everything buy my bikes and load them up and drive away.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:18 PM
 
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No way. I moved from Northern California and would go back there in a heartbeat. But my work situation forced me to move. I will be returning to California when situations play out. I will likely have to pay for it myself, so I'll sell pretty much everything buy my bikes and load them up and drive away.
For me I can't wait to move to Tennessee, but then again most my family is on the east coast and just tired of 27 years of California drama ;-)
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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Has anyone ever moved to Tennessee from a different state with a job first? How did you interview for it? Can you sum up how you did it?

or if not, how did you make it?

Moved back here from Floriday last April. I applied online to a Engineering position in December of 2011, and interviewed for the position in early February. I gave my two weeks notice in early April.

I moved here and started work on April 30th of last year. I came up and stayed with distant relatives around Springfield for a month, while I nailed down a house. My wife and children stayed in Florida until my son got out of school in late May. Then they moved up. I payed some local people I knew 3000 dollars to drive down, rent a truck, pack everything, and move it. Cheaper then a moving company, and they came out well for the work.

Of course I knew some people here, and I have a lot of stuff.
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