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Old 05-07-2011, 09:20 PM
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If your from out of state with no college degree, how hard would it be to find a job in the Boston area? I'm not looking for retail jobs or anything. Just hospitality and fast food restaurants. I was originally going back to FL but FL has no jobs and isn't hiring. I was considering Boston over Chicago (where I've lived and have family) and New Jersey. I have family in Boston too but none that I've ever met. I was just wondering if Boston had a better job market than the other choices for non-graduates?

I guess I should put down my plan and backstory. I'm going to graduate later this year. I'm planning on getting a roommate to slip the rent and high cost of living. I wanted to go up north because of the job availability and public transportation. I have family (that I know) mainly in Brooklyn, New York that I can stay with if I move anywhere up north. But I don't like the hustle and bustle of the big apple. I don't like anything about New York. Chicago and Boston are more my style. But I don't know about the job prospect. I don't know if they are hiring kids fresh out of HS. Need info on that. Thanks!

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Old 05-09-2011, 12:37 AM
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I don't know how easy it is to find a job in those fields in Boston, but another issue you need to consider--possibly the more significant issue--is that Boston has a high cost of living. You'd find it difficult, or perhaps impossible, to live in Boston on a job in a fast food place. Whether you could live on a job in the hospitality industry might depend in part on what specific job(s) you have in mind.

People certainly do live in Boston with non-professional and unskilled or semi-skilled employment, but it's a struggle. Unless there is some compelling reason that you really need to be in this area, I'd recommend being very cautious about the idea of moving here just because you think Boston would be a nice place to live, unless you'd be employed in a field that would pay some solid money. At the very least, you would need some really, really careful planning before it would be wise for you to even think about such a move.
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:56 PM
Location: Lost in Space
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I have heard that Florida is doing terribly in this economy. MA is better, but, there is a lot of competition (in my opinion) and, as the previous poster commented, it is expensive to live here. Unless you have a chunck of change in the bank to live off of, you will need more than one roommate in order to afford rent, food, and transporation costs. I think if you are looking for a job in the service industry you'll probably find one somewhat easily, but it's the cost of living that you need to consider.
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:10 AM
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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Panera Bread cafe has opened many stores in the area this year, and often seem to qhave hiring fairs...but I doubt they pay more than $9 hourly.

Check Craigslist, of course, under restaurant/hospitality jobs on the Boston board. If you don't mind working in a pizza parlor or delivering food for Dining In, you may be able to survive but not thrive here. Plus, you'll have your degree soon, but so do so many others here.

At least you won't need the expenses of a car if living here...
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