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Old 03-29-2009, 10:11 PM
Location: NC
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Hello all: I am wanting to move North where the weather is better than where I have recently resided, Florida and NC.

I am a former Nurse and currently practice as a Massage Therapist and work shouldn't be hard to find for me no matter where I live since the medical field is recession proof.

I'm wanting a place that has a small town feel but big town options. The biggest draw N for me is the Snow I have to have it, so a place that produces an abundance annually would be great. I'm currently single so a town or area that is friendly would also be nice.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 03-30-2009, 11:32 AM
Location: hinesburg, vt
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I can appreciate your enthusiasm, but please do not believe that your field is recession proof here in Vermont. I know several people in different sectors which have been traditionally considered to be in such a category and right now the expected turnover is very low combined with other cost containment moves by employers. Essentially right now many who were planning on retiring and/or moving elsewhere have put those plans on hold and this causes a pipeline blockage for promotions and new hiring. Do your research and apply where you can. Good luck.
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Old 03-30-2009, 03:15 PM
Location: Brandon VT
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I agree with Flu189, if at all possible try to line up employment before you arrive. Unfortunately in Vermont there is no such thing as a recession-proof field and I think that Flu really hit the nail on the head.

I would strongly suggest making a visit up to Vermont and staying a couple weeks or so if you've never been. Winter in Vermont is much harsher than it is in many other northern states and from what I've gathered from this forum is one of the most difficult aspects of Vermont life to adjust to.

If you're looking for small-town charm and a big city environment I would suggest Burlington or Manchester. Both are relatively large in size but lack the rush of larger cities in other states. Also do keep in mind that small town Vermonters are a more reserved lot, so you might have an easier time finding singles if you stick to a larger town such as Burlington.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:15 PM
Location: Winter Springs, FL
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I work in healthcare and the recession is just starting to take it's toll. My wife is a nurse as well and jobs are becoming very hard to come by. There are even rumors of not only hiring freezes, but possible layoffs if the economy continues to be poor.
I agree with the other posts. You should visit in the middle of winter before you decide. Snow is not the problem for most, it's the length of winter and the cold that wear many people out.
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Old 03-31-2009, 02:03 PM
Location: over here
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Better weather? If you consider 6 months of "wintery" weather better. It can start snowing and icing in October and not stop until April...
the jobs? Well I agree with the ohter posters.
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