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Old 03-06-2006, 02:20 PM
 
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Hi,
I am thinking of moving to Massachusetts from Toronto, Canada with my wife. Was wondering if the job market is for IT Professionals and also in the Finance industry. Could anyone help me out on this?
Thank you.
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Old 03-13-2006, 11:44 AM
 
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Post IT Finance Market in Boston

I used to recruit for the Financial Services industry in Boston.
I don't know why you would leave Toronto to come to Boston.
But if you're committed to making a change...
Check Monster.com, hotjobs.com and Bostonworks.com for job openings.
Many Boston-based employers use these services and 3rd party agencies.
You can apply on-line and see what kind of response you get.

Questions you may want to be prepared to answer-
a) working papers permitting you to work in the USA- many of the recruiters need to be told that it isn't a big deal to hire Canadians (if you are a Canadian) to work in the USA
b) relocation- how much house do you have? Any family?
c) if you have family, are schools important to you.
d) commute- the train doesn't always run from Rockport to Boston. Will the new job have to accomodate the train schedule?

Good luck on your job hunt!
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Old 03-15-2006, 11:47 AM
 
Location: massachusetts
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Angry Why move to Massachusetts?

Sounds like you have a death wish, when you say you want to move to massachusetts. I live in Massachusetts and although not in the IT field, I saw it fall apart back in the early 90's. My best guess is that the IT field is no better here than in any of several other states. The taxes here are out of sight; the median price of a home is like $350,000; the traffic is terrible and the politics really sucks. Other than what I have mentioned, if you really hung up on Massachusetts, then I say go for it.
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Old 03-17-2006, 01:36 PM
 
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Metro Boston and Eastern Massachusetts real estate in general is way crazy expensive, I think that Boston was just rated more expensive then San Francisco... as an example, I bought a home (Randolph, 6 miles southwest of Boston) 7 years ago for $154,500.00 and sold it 2 years ago for $419,900.00... so the home (Easton, 22 miles southwest of Boston) we bought 2 years ago for $489,900.00 just appraised at $652,400.00

To compound matters, I'm a Division Sales/Business Development Manager who was layed-off in September, and can't find a job with comparable wages in Massachusetts because either companies are moving out... or people are just taking jobs at stupid money... we're not getting ahead in life at this point so we've refocused our search to North Carolina...
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Old 03-22-2006, 04:26 PM
 
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Default not making it in Massachusetts either

i'm relieved to see that i'm not the only one who's ready to give up on Massachusetts. all the things i love most about being here just don't stand up to the problems you've mentioned. i decided this week to start looking at states whose cost of living makes a little more sense. does anybody know anything about Omaha?
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Southwest Colorado (Four Corners area)
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i'm relieved to see that i'm not the only one who's ready to give up on Massachusetts. all the things i love most about being here just don't stand up to the problems you've mentioned. i decided this week to start looking at states whose cost of living makes a little more sense. does anybody know anything about Omaha?
Check out Pittsburgh. The steel mills closed 30 years ago and the city has become a finance/services/technology center. Very low housing costs and cost of living. The city itself is gorgeous...forested hills, rivers, wonderful houses from the late 1800s and early 1900s. We live in SW Colorado (wonderful place, but too remote for us) and are leaving next Tuesday for a week in Pittsburgh to check it out.
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Old 03-29-2006, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Barre
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hello i am pappy im from barre whats up?
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Old 03-29-2006, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Barre
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Thumbs up We Dont Wantcha!!!

Good luck with that. im from barre and it blows. DO NOT MOVE TO MASSACHUSETTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT SUCKS!!!
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Old 03-31-2006, 12:37 PM
 
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Default If you are on the Financial/IT field, you make like here

I've been living in the Massachusetts for the past 6 years working in the IT field of a Financial Services firm.
If you are experienced in Financial IT field, you can earn really well. From my experience, the plus points are
1) Well educated and friendly people. Your ethnicity, race or religion is not an issue here.
2) Better institutes for higher education (for you or for your kids if you are in that age group)
3) Lot of job opportunities in the Financial and IT field.
4) I shouldn't jinx this, but there is no recent history of a devastating earth quake, hurricane, tornado or major flood.

Minus points -
1) Weather - It gets bitter cold in the winter. Plowing the snow is no fun.
2) Expensive housing. For the past 2 years the pundits have been predicting a collapse of the housing market(but nothing major happened yet. It seems to be leveling out)
3) The state has lost some population. Mostly because of the retirees moving to the south favoring the hurricanes/tornados to snow.
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Old 04-07-2006, 08:06 AM
 
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Default Good Job Ops...North Shore is very nice

I live in Hamilton and it's just lovely here. Rockport is equally as nice, but a little different since Rockport entertains so many tourists each year. That does help preserve its charming character, though.

I've worked in IT in Burlington, MA. Some names you may recognize that are there now are Oracle, Lightbridge, Genuity, and countless others.

The commuter train from Rockport into Boston is a breeze, and job ops in Boston combining both IT and finance are plentiful. State Street Bank, Fidelity, etc. are always hiring somewhere!

Only downside (which may not be a downside for you) is the winters are just a few weeks longer than I care for. April is still very much a "cold" month. But since you're actually moving from points north of here, that may not be an issue.

Good luck!

GMaG
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