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Old 09-11-2011, 09:00 AM
 
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Well, It's almost the fall of 2011 and probably to late to relocate. This was my second year trying to relocate to Alaska and, understandably, I had no luck getting a job. Although I'm prepared to move, it's almost impossible unless you can relocate with your current employer, have an in demand unique skill, or just pack up and go. At my age to just pack up and go is not an option. To risky.

Maybe next year?
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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What is your age? Moving is always a risk but its a risk many are willing to take no matter what time of the year.
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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True, but without a job and financial backing he could end up homeless, and homeless in Alaska is something you don't want. We need more info from the OP.
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Old 09-11-2011, 12:56 PM
 
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Maybe if I was 25 or 30 years younger I would give it a try. I did have a telephone interview with one of the AK companies I applied to but didn't get an offer. Unless something happens very soon I'll sit tight untill late winter then decide if I should try again.
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Old 09-11-2011, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Alaska Highway is open year round. They don't close the border because of snow. Keep on trying!
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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If you'll don't do it you'll just keep finding excuses as to why you can't. Sometimes you just have to grow some nuts and do it.

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Old 09-12-2011, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Alaska doesn't roll up the sidewalks just because winter is coming....who knows, maybe you will have better luck finding open positions in the winter. What type of work are you looking for?
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:59 PM
 
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Be careful though because its cold enough to kill in anchorage in the winter. The OP needs to be smart about this, its not about just growing some nuts, if you come up here half cocked without a plan there is a chance you could actually die or have some seroius cold weather medical exposure issues which could have life long effects. I now have poor circulation in my hands and feet because of wearing cheap boots and gloves on a snow machine trip when I was in middle school, now I have to wear VERY expensive hand and foot gear to stay warm while others can get by with bunny boots.

Also keep in mind rent is EXPENSIVE up here, I have a thread on how to get around expensive rent but unless you live in a hole your going to be paying around 1k a month. Every now and then something nice will come up for around 850$ a month but not too often. Anything less than that and you will be living in a sketchy area in a run down appt. If you have to live somewhere like that I would keep anything nice in a secured storage unit becuase you are at a higher risk for break ins or theft.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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You are very wise not to come up without a job. Sure, you could drive on up anytime. You could actually find a nice temporary room to rent for $400/month. Finding a job to support yourself would be more difficult. Read this:
Finding Work in Alaska
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:54 PM
 
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You are very wise not to come up without a job. Sure, you could drive on up anytime. You could actually find a nice temporary room to rent for $400/month. Finding a job to support yourself would be more difficult. Read this:
Finding Work in Alaska
That must be an old article 950$ is what it cost to live in eagle river now for a 2 bed room. I suspect Juneau is around 1500$.
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