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Old 05-24-2018, 09:37 AM
 
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I live and work in Washington DC; I first visited LA in 2010 just for a couple of days, and was blown away by the endless options of lifestyle, food, diversity and things to do that LA offers. Since then, I have visited almost every year, twice last year, was there in April just now and plan to visit again late fall. Not sure what but there is something about LA that is absolutely amazing, and makes me feel right at home.


It's been a major struggle trying to find a job though - seems like the market is very saturated, and not having a local LA area address doesn't help either. I do use my brother's address from Sunnyvale, but guessing that wouldn't be very I am even willing to forego relocation package, as long as I can find a suitable job in the IT Project Mgmt field.



Fingers crossed, really hoping something works out! any and all advice from folks who made the move with solid local connections, or advice from locals, would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-24-2018, 10:11 AM
 
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Sunnyvale is about 350 miles from LA, so that address won't help much.
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Old 05-24-2018, 10:16 AM
 
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I live and work in Washington DC; I first visited LA in 2010 just for a couple of days, and was blown away by the endless options of lifestyle, food, diversity and things to do that LA offers. Since then, I have visited almost every year, twice last year, was there in April just now and plan to visit again late fall. Not sure what but there is something about LA that is absolutely amazing, and makes me feel right at home.


It's been a major struggle trying to find a job though - seems like the market is very saturated, and not having a local LA area address doesn't help either. I do use my brother's address from Sunnyvale, but guessing that wouldn't be very I am even willing to forego relocation package, as long as I can find a suitable job in the IT Project Mgmt field.



Fingers crossed, really hoping something works out! any and all advice from folks who made the move with solid local connections, or advice from locals, would be greatly appreciated.
High saturation, too many applicants.

Try to stick out positively if you can.
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Old 05-24-2018, 10:27 AM
 
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I would try to hook up with a reputable recruiter or placement agency. I moved out of LA last year, but I still get emails on a weekly basis for project and product manager roles. The jobs exist, you may just need to be more creative in how you go about looking for them. Having said that, you may have to start in a contractor position after having moved yourself. I know very few people who received a relocation package to move to LA.
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Old 05-26-2018, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I would try to hook up with a reputable recruiter or placement agency. I moved out of LA last year, but I still get emails on a weekly basis for project and product manager roles. The jobs exist, you may just need to be more creative in how you go about looking for them. Having said that, you may have to start in a contractor position after having moved yourself. I know very few people who received a relocation package to move to LA.
great advise and I agree, and the thought of a relocation package is dreaming. it is rare in todays market for companies to offer relocation packages to new employees,especially in a market where there are more applicant's than jobs.
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Old 05-26-2018, 03:36 PM
 
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Many people move to other cities with their current employer (move from one office of the company to another) or they get an offer from a company that has a position so specialized it can't be fulfilled by just the local workforce. Those positions often get fulfilled by head hunters or people influential in the industry. For example, for the Vice President of Sales at a company specialized in aerospace manufacturing, they might try to get talent from their competitors based in other states and conduct a nationwide search.

For many mid level positions though, employers don't offer relocation and people have to move with savings, expect to be unemployed for a couple months, and apply to jobs after moving. I mean if a recruiter called you Tuesday, you did a phone interview, and they said they wanted to bring you in for an in person interview on Thursday, could you get on a plane and get to LA in two days? You specifically might be able to... but many HR recruiters just chuck resumes from out of area applicants because to often the candidate says: "Well, actually, I don't live in the area so could you give me a week to request two vacation days from my current manager and book flights to make an interview...."
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Old 05-28-2018, 12:03 AM
 
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You might be having a problem selling yourself in your resume and cover letter. I was stuck in that overgrown truck stop town/militia compound known as Phoenix for what seemed to be an eternity until a few months ago. I have a pretty solid resume and cover letter, and was able to get a fair amount of interviews. If you're willing to forgo relocation packages, you ought to mention that in your cover letter (you can always try to write it off on tax filing, which is what I'm going to do next year). I also made myself very available for phone and in-person interviews (actually came out here three times, one including the job I now have) to show how serious I was. My point is that moving from out of state can be done (though admittedly, I lived much closer to LA then than you do now).



I don't know what your process is, but from what I gather from most people, they don't spend nearly as much time as they ought to on a job hunt. The reality is that looking for a job is tedious, stressful, frustrating, and an all around unpleasant experience, and I'm sure there are things people would much rather do in their free time. In addition to my obligations, I spent 3-4 hours per day looking for a job, because it meant that much to me to get out of Phoenix, and after 14 months of looking I was able to leave. On your end, you'll need a lot of persistence, patience, discipline and determination. I put in a lot of hard work, sacrificed almost all of my free time, and in the end it paid off and I can relax and live my life now. I'm glad it happened and wish it had sooner, because I'm much happier here. I think a large part of this process is your frame of mind and how willing you are to work for it.



If you want, you can DM me and I can try to offer any other insight or tactics. If I should presume you hate DC, I know what it's like being stuck in a place you hate.
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