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Old 07-20-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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Default Job climate in DC?

Hello,

I am moving to DC with my fiancee in the next month. I will have a job but he will not. I was wondering if you all could give me a sense of what the job market is feeling like about now, and what your advice would be for him getting a job.

He's currently doing general admin work at a bank in loan servicing, and is not ambitious toward any particular field. He wants some job in general admin again.

What is a reasonable estimate for how long it would take to get a job if you're not pinned down to a particular field?

Alternately, how is the temping environment, and are there agencies you'd recommend (or one's you'd warn against?)

I'm just trying to get a feel for what we're in for. I figure it can't be awesome, cause nowhere is...
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:00 AM
 
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Hello,

I am moving to DC with my fiancee in the next month. I will have a job but he will not. I was wondering if you all could give me a sense of what the job market is feeling like about now, and what your advice would be for him getting a job.

He's currently doing general admin work at a bank in loan servicing, and is not ambitious toward any particular field. He wants some job in general admin again.

What is a reasonable estimate for how long it would take to get a job if you're not pinned down to a particular field?

Alternately, how is the temping environment, and are there agencies you'd recommend (or one's you'd warn against?)

I'm just trying to get a feel for what we're in for. I figure it can't be awesome, cause nowhere is...
Depends how flexible he is; sounds like he's not picky, in which case, if he doesnt mind sucking up his pride a little for something that is perhaps not ideal, he should find something relatively quickly; Based on your description also sounds like he's relatively entry level - but experienced - that will make it a bit easier. How much of a commute will he tolerate? Does he have a car? Where will you live? etc. All of these things will make a bit of a difference in how fast he find something - the DC area is sprawl and crawl - you've got crazy people who commute from Baltimore to Burke and others who wouldn't dream of tolerating a third of that drive for any job.

That said "General admin" work sounds a bit vague - is he doing actual loan servicing / application processing? Is he working in a call center, fraud department, disputes, customer care, etc - is the loan servicing relevant to the role or is he more of an admin assistant (in which case, the loan servicing is a red herring), does he have a degree, is he certified in anything, bla bla bla.

Based on what you've shared so far, I'd say perhaps 3 months for "something". That said, he should be sending out resumes now. If you want to PM me a resume and salary expectations, and exactly when you will be here, I might be able to help.
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