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Old 02-09-2011, 06:51 PM
 
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Ive had just about enough of Chicago winters, and am looking for a new job so why not move to Austin?

A few questions I have:

1 - What can I expect to pay in rent? Specifically a 1 br, located in or near downtown?

2 - How is the public transportation? I live 5 miles from work now but just hop on the train and am there in 30 min. Is it as easy to get around in Austin?

3 - What is the job market like? Im an accountant, CPA, looking for a new gig.
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:54 PM
 
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I highly recommend that you find a job first before you move. I tried to relocate to Austin as well. Jobs are most definitely not that easy to come by in Austin for some reason.
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:04 PM
 
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I am definitely not going to move without finding a job first...what is the best way of going about finding one?
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:57 PM
 
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Is it as easy to get around in Austin?
Nope
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, TX
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I am definitely not going to move without finding a job first...what is the best way of going about finding one?
Try monster or careerbuilder. I have a personal friend who is a CPA. If you want to DM me, I can give you his contact info and you can pick his brain
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:42 AM
 
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I am definitely not going to move without finding a job first...what is the best way of going about finding one?
Ummm...if you don't know how, I'd suggest practicing at home first.
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Old 02-10-2011, 10:34 AM
 
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Nope
Public transportation in Austin, Texas's "greenest" town, S-U-C-K-S. Take it from someone who is dependent upon them for all forms of transport, not just a Flyer commuter. Capital Metro blows.
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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No, it is not as easy to get around in Austin without a car, depending on where you live, of course. Some areas are quite walkable, others are not, and we have one rail line so if you live and work on it, you'd be okay, but that's counting on a lot. On the other hand, you can drive most (not all, but most) places within half an hour-45 minutes, rush hour excepted, of course.

I agree that you need to line up a job before moving here, but you're a CPA, you know that!

Downtown is going to be one of the more expensive places to rent if you're talking about right downtown. If I were you, I'd first find out where I'm going to work (interestingly enough, quite a lot of the businesses in Austin, including accounting and financial planning firms, are NOT downtown, as Austin is nowhere near as downtown-centric as many places are - it's a Texas thing, I guess, we've got elbow room and know how to use it.

You might find yourself living downtown and having to have a car to commute to your job that isn't downtown, and having to find parking in downtown for that car!
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:53 PM
 
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I tried to find a job in Austin about a year and a half ago. I used all of the job sites including craigslist and a number of sites devoted to jobs in my field. I also applied directly to companies through their sites. Kind of a wakeup call. There is a LOT of competition for jobs in Austin. I had hardly any callbacks at all. It didn't help that I lived out of site. I also got a few headhunters working for me but the jobs they pulled up seemed to always be temp jobs or crappy barely starter level type gigs. I wound up getting a job here in Cali. I'm just saying- getting a job there is easier said than done. At least in my experience.
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