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Old 03-05-2010, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Buffalo, trying to leave
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I'm about to graduate from college (a good reputable well-known state school). I have been applying in Virginia, because that's where I want to live, and haven't gotten a bite. Am I applying in the wrong area? Virginia's unemployment rate is very low, so it makes no sense.

For what it worth I am graduating with a BS in Management, 3.37 GPA (3.55 in my major courses). I have 2 years experience with a bank, an internship with a Congressman. I am the president of a large club at my school, I would make a great hire.

Does someone have any advice for cities or even specific places to apply at? I am looking at management, but I'm very flexible. In all honesty, I get interviews here in New York, but I want to move South.
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Old 03-05-2010, 07:27 AM
 
Location: The South
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There's a tremendous amount of competition -- you and half the North are trying to move to Southern states.

Look into this http://www.loudountimes.com/index.ph...rs_in_loudoun/ It's new, so maybe they'll be interested.

Good luck.
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:31 AM
 
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What part of Virgnia are you interested in?
I have always found Virginia's unemployment rate to be some what misleading.
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Old 03-05-2010, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Buffalo, trying to leave
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I know the areas are very different, but pretty well anywhere. My #1 is Roanoke, then Hampton Roads, then NoVa.

I wasn't aware that so many were looking at moving south… That's a real bummer. It's irritating that I can get an interview here in Buffalo for every two applications that I send out and sending out 25 resumes to Va. gets me nothing.

Oh well… It's been my goal since I started college to move anywhere south of Maryland, maybe it's not to be
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Old 03-05-2010, 05:00 PM
 
Location: The South
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Read through the VA/NC/SC threads; it's like there is a huge exodus from the North. I will strongly advise you to get the job first. Too many are moving and finding it extremely difficult to find work. The unemployment rate further south in Va and in the Carolinas is fairly high. NoVa is insulated by the Federal Government. Further South, too, you're competing with locals who have more connections.

Maybe you should take something in Buffalo for two or three years with a company that has branches further south. Then you might be able to transfer. Plus you'll have more marketable experience, something unique to set your resume apart.

I know it's worrisome. I have a daughter graduating next year . . . .

Good luck.
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Old 03-05-2010, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Buffalo, trying to leave
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Thanks for the advice. I am working with my current company, but getting pretty stonewalled on the way.

The worst part is I'm not a citizen, so I can't even get government jobs… If I could, I would go that route.

Oh, and like I said, I do stand out, I was the President of a big club in NY, I have great work experience, including working with the VPs and regional presidents at my current job… I just wish that the north didn't suck so much and everyone wasn't trying to leave
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Old 03-05-2010, 05:51 PM
 
Location: The South
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Oh, what other language(s) are you fluent in? That could be a huge benefit in the DC area! Are you emphasizing that? There are so many companies dealing with the gov that need translators etc.

And, I'll definitely agree about the North.
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Old 03-05-2010, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Buffalo, trying to leave
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I am fluent in English and French. I will highlight that in the future. I'm good enough to speak with native speakers and barely have an English accent while I speak French, I'm a decent writer, but rarely write in French anymore… But there's always Google Translate for those words I can't quite think of the spelling and conjugation on

Good advice. It seems like the DC market is pretty strong. It's expensive, but I suppose it's somewhat worthwhile when you think of the location. DC is by far my favorite northern-ish city.

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And, I'll definitely agree about the North.
Haha. It disappoints me though, alot of my friends who have gotten jobs in the south talk about the south likes its backwards and 50 years in the past and I think, if you don't like it leave. I'm a Conservative type and prefer the government not regulating every aspect of my life, and I think that we are a Christian nation. If that makes my old-fashioned or backwards, so be it! That's why I like most Southerners. Southerners are also far more tolerant than northerners, no matter what the media says.

Ok I won't rant
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Old 03-05-2010, 07:13 PM
 
Location: The South
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Just googling "fluent in french, virginia jobs", I got this: Google

Same for NC and DC. The DC list included SAIC and Northrup Grumman, both huge government contractors. Might be a foot in the door!

Bonne chance!
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Old 03-05-2010, 08:09 PM
 
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+1 for using the french thing, that could be your ticket to landing a job!

What did/do you do at the bank? Retail, Commercial Lending, Teller?

Unfortunately, since you majored in Management it's not really quantitative or analytical,
you are kinda shot from obtaining an analyst position, there are tons of accounting and finance majors looking to fill those.

Perhaps a financial adviser/services position might be worth a shot?

A lot of VA graduates are moving out of Virginia for jobs. Lots went to Northern Virginia, including me.
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