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Old 03-01-2011, 01:19 AM
 
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Hello all,
I have read the FAQ's above but have a couple of extras regarding job situation.
The info says that professionals are having a hard time finding work- is this due to the credit crunch- or is this a long-term thing exacerbated by the crunch. I have good education, but would be prepared to do anything. In my current situation I am finding I am overqualified for most positions and don't get a look in. My partner will be working, but I'm trying to gauge if I am looking at a long term unemployment in the area.

There is a post below with a teacher and people have suggested she might find it hard to get work- does anyone have any feedback regarding community colleges? I've looked at the commutable area and I only see one or two.

thanks in advance for any input!
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:25 AM
 
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I believe the job market in the SWFL area will be poor for quite some time. Unless your in a career field that is highly specialized. However, you are competing with many under and un-employed individuals.

Those of you who think of moving to SWFL without a firm job commitment are taking a big gamble. I wouldn't do it.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:04 AM
 
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You may have the same problem as my wife. Do to education and job experience, she is over qualified for most positions, employers don't want to hire overqualified individuals.
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Old 03-01-2011, 06:10 PM
 
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Did you use the link to check your local unemployment rate against the rate in Lee County?

Firm job offers are the only reason you should be moving to the area, unless you are employed from home or don't need to work.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:54 AM
 
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Thanks for the feedback everyone-I have had some possibilities pop up, so fingers crossed it might not be too bad. I have compared my city data unemployment and it is comparable, but it doesn't seem that bad here.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:20 PM
 
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I am a native of Fort Myers and am currently trying to relocate out of state because the job market is SO BAD here. I have been out of work for a year now. I have a professional degree and can't get a professional job and have even tried "dumbing down" my resume and still haven't gotten any call backs. I'm not trying to be negative or dissuade you, but - I would not count on moving here and finding a job right away - that is VERY unlikely to happen. Most people I know are unemployed or underemployed. I know tons of people who have left the state looking for work elsewhere. On a positive note, rental and home sale prices are quite low right now due to the abundance of empty homes!
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:52 PM
 
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Thanks for the input- it certainly seems like there are a lot of professionals unemployed here. Perhaps the possible leads I have will not be as fruitful as they seem. I wish you the best of luck with your situation- try to stay positive through these dark times.
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