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Old 05-22-2012, 06:59 PM
 
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Hi all.
I'm sure this question has been asked a million times, but here goes. I have a bachelors degree and I'm interested in moving to new orleans. I have two dogs and I'm planning on having a roommate. However, I'm having some problems finding a job in the field I want right now (nonprofits). I'm not planning on moving until This fall, but I'd like to be there by september at the latest.

My question is this... How much money do I need to make in order to live on a safe street/safe area (I'd prefer uptown, but a safe part of downtown is fine) and not starve?

also, what areas would you suggest for a recent grad?

I'm trying to decide if I should get a temporary job to move and support myself (perhaps at a hotel or restaurant) or hold off for the right non profit?

Any advice you can give would be very helpful.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:43 AM
 
Location: In the city
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Honestly, I would try some temp agencies. A friend of mine just relocated here and landed a job at $16.80 an hour through a staffing company, which I understand is pretty decent for entry level. Otherwise, I would try to get a service industry position so that you have money coming in and apply to administrative, reception and "foot in the door" opportunities EVERYWHERE. Don't be too picky. There are a lot of recent grads in this town who specify that they only want to work in one industry. These are the people who complain about how tough the job market is here. Keep your options open. Make sure your resume speaks to general communication, administrative, IT and office skills.

I work in HR in the government and review qualifications all day long. If you are interested in governement employment, wait until the PATHWAYS program goes live. This is a program directed at hiring those within 3 years of graduation. We don't have authority to use it yet, but should soon.

As far as money goes, most of the places I have seen in Uptown will require a rent commitment of at least $500 per month (with a roommate or roommates.) Dogs may entail some additional deposits or raised rent. To be realistic, I think a shared place can be had somewhere around $600-650 (rent) and another $100 utilities per person, particularly if you want things like air conditioning in a space large enough to house multiple people. If you never eat out and have lots of ramen noodles, you can probably get by on $30-$45 for groceries (ramen, bread, eggs, water, etc.) If you have a car, figure in gas, insurance, occasional maintenance. Of course, you will need money for clothes, unexpected expenses, student loans, etc. If you figure that your rent is supposed to be 1/4 to 1/3 of your monthly budget, you can determine how much you will need not to starve.

I am sure that there are people who do it on a lot less-- heck, I did. Its rough straight out of school. You might consider moving out of Uptown and into somewhere more afforadable like Mid City. I looked at some great little shotguns in the $900 range.

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Old 05-23-2012, 12:17 PM
 
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That sounds not so bad. Thank you for the reply! Do you happen to know the name of the staffing company your friend used?
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Marrero, LA
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That sounds not so bad. Thank you for the reply! Do you happen to know the name of the staffing company your friend used?

NewGrad1: try Brooke Staffing or Strategic Recruitment. I moved here in August 2011 and used both those agencies with good results. Good luck to you!
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:33 PM
 
Location: In the city
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My friend used Adecco. They were pretty reponsive.

Where are you moving from, if you don't mind my asking?
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