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Old 09-29-2009, 02:58 PM
 
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I am living in a county north of Detroit where the official unemployment is at 20%. Folks around here suspect the true rate is actually much higher than that because it doesn't count people whose benefits have run out, those who have gotten frustrated and given up, those who have seen their hours cut, those who are working as temps or part-timers. So the true rate must be worse. My dream was and always has been to save up enough to make it out of here for NYC. I am living in a basement off of pasta, pancake mix, peanut butter, and ramen noodles and working 70 hours a week between three minimum wage jobs. Mind you I have a bachelor's and paralegal certification and lots of training and experience. My worst fear is I move out there and find myself just as disappointed with the NYC market as I am with the one here. Is it any better there? I would really appreciate any advice you could give me.
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:25 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Nothing is a bad as Michigan. But you should keep in mind that nothing is as expensive as New York.

Do you want to move to get a job? Or do you really want to live in New York?

Moving to the city in the hope of getting a random job is probably not a good idea. Lots of places have jobs, or at least more jobs than Michigan. The only reason to move to New York is because you really want to live in New York.
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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Nothing is a bad as Michigan. But you should keep in mind that nothing is as expensive as New York.

Do you want to move to get a job? Or do you really want to live in New York?

Moving to the city in the hope of getting a random job is probably not a good idea. Lots of places have jobs, or at least more jobs than Michigan. The only reason to move to New York is because you really want to live in New York.
I dont know, for some career fields NYC is the best place to be for a job.
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:11 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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depends what you are doing... Michigan is the worst in the country though...

if you are a paralegal there are probably better COL cities than NYC though...

Only people who benefit from nyc are cream of the crop workers who are tops in their field (which are often best suited for you to need to be in NYC), or people who get enjoyment out of being in nyc so sacrificed more of their take home.

go because you want to be in nyc, not for the job. I would not move anywhere right now without a job lined up though...
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:50 PM
 
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I am living in a county north of Detroit where the official unemployment is at 20%. Folks around here suspect the true rate is actually much higher than that because it doesn't count people whose benefits have run out, those who have gotten frustrated and given up, those who have seen their hours cut, those who are working as temps or part-timers. So the true rate must be worse. My dream was and always has been to save up enough to make it out of here for NYC. I am living in a basement off of pasta, pancake mix, peanut butter, and ramen noodles and working 70 hours a week between three minimum wage jobs. Mind you I have a bachelor's and paralegal certification and lots of training and experience. My worst fear is I move out there and find myself just as disappointed with the NYC market as I am with the one here. Is it any better there? I would really appreciate any advice you could give me.
sounds like you live in Genesee County which has the worst economy of any county in the nation.
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Old 09-29-2009, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Ahhh, yet another one who has the NY dream

It's difficult to get interviews having an address/phone number outside of the NYC metro area. If you know someone in the metro, use their address/phone number.

What sort of job are you looking for? If it's something that doesn't have a surplus of applicants, you have a better chance. If push comes to shove, save about 8,000+ and move out here and live with multiple roommates while you look for your career, but at the same time having a job that pays enough to keep you here.
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:02 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice all. I am a paralegal so I guess the job market for me is just about as flooded as any other. I am saving as much as I can. $8,000 sounds about right... thanks!
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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8000 sounds right for what?
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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Only people who benefit from nyc are cream of the crop workers who are tops in their field (which are often best suited for you to need to be in NYC), or people who get enjoyment out of being in nyc so sacrificed more of their take home.

Actually, if you are in finance at all, there are few other places to go in the country that offer any real opportunities. You can try to latch on in a banking center like Charlotte or Columbus, OH, but realistically, Chicago and NYC are your best options, and Chicago is 3/4 gutter.......there are scattered financial analyst positions around, but in most parts of the country, if you have degree in finance, youll likely find yourself as a financial product salesman, or at an A/P desk in an accounting department. From what Ive seen, almost anyone who has an ok level of training or is degreed in accounting or finance will receive a steep premium in NYC, even average people.

NYC is also the arts and fashion capital of the country as well. Where else would you really want to go with a degree or skill in those fields? Helena, Montana?
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