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Old 12-02-2008, 08:29 AM
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what if a person decides to move to maine without a job or a place to stay.....how long would it take the average person to get up on their feet???

Old 12-02-2008, 08:36 AM
Location: God's Country, Maine
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Up my way the last mill is laying off up to 50 employees and thinking about closing.

If you have a decent nest egg to blow or a trust fund, go for it!
Old 12-02-2008, 08:40 AM
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I work in the medical field......i do have a huge 401k but I want to come there and start making a living immediately
Old 12-02-2008, 09:01 AM
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You best arrive with a job. Otherwise it could take you a very long time to find one. Even though the medical field is a good one, jobs in Maine are scarce. More places are laying off then hiring.
Why waste the 401k, you will need it down the road.
Old 12-02-2008, 09:21 AM
Location: God's Country, Maine
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I have seen a huge number of transplants blow through lots more than I'll bet you have ever saved in a 401k. Many have left bankrupt and broke.

That being said...Depending on the health care field, you may find a job but will likely take a pay cut. Decent rentals are harder to find and will be priced accordingly. You can make it, but recommend you line up the job(s) first, as well as the rental. This entire state is no place to just come into, cold. You have to get up here and do a lot of research.

Once you are up here, and established, it will be easier to ride out the oncoming catastrophe that is the Maine economy and the impending train wreck that is the Maine State gubmint.

Other than that, it's a great place to live.
Old 12-02-2008, 09:35 AM
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thanks for the input guys....i will definitely put careful thought into this....i would hate to move anywhere and not make it....i live in atlanta now and make an okay living.everything is so expensive and I am living from paycheck to paycheck...i feel like i am working myself to death..I have this desparate need for change...my fiancee does too
Old 12-02-2008, 09:45 AM
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JAMES:I know how you feel.I am in NY,Long Island to be specific.Its one of the most expensive places to live next to California.I hate it with a passion.If i could go right now i would.I went to Maine on vacation last year,hopefully going again this year.I fell in LOVE.I'm in the animal field so i will most likely have a very hard time finding a job.I have been trying to research everything though.I am currently working for a municipal shelter here and am in the union.So i don't have to pay into my benefits,thank god.Does anyone have any information about the unions in Maine,and how i could find out about them?
Old 12-02-2008, 09:56 AM
Location: God's Country, Maine
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There lot of unions for prevailing wage jobs, I think. The two largest and most most throughly despicable unions are the MSEA and MEA. These are the State workers and the employees of the massive liberal indoctrination complex we know as the school system.
Old 12-02-2008, 10:00 AM
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Thanks yankee for that info!
Old 12-02-2008, 01:04 PM
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James, not knowing what area of the medical field you specialize in, my general suggestion would be to contact the Bangor and Portland hospitals to investigate openings. They are the largest and most stable.

I can tell you to avoid Maine General Medical Center in Waterville & Augusta. They are in a state of chaos at the moment, are definitely down sizing and, in general, I wouldn't trust them to still be around 2 years from now.

I would not recommend moving to Maine without at least one of you having a job lined up. You didn't mention what your fiance does?
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