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Old 02-05-2008, 04:21 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I'm from Chicago and I am moving to New Orleans.

Here's my situation, I'm twenty six, I'm not married, have no kids, no pets, a college education, enough stuff to fit in a small uhaul.

I visit New Orleans at least six times a year, I figured why not?
Just give it a shot, Chicago isn't going anywhere. Am I insane for wanting to leave a job at the board of trade ( stock market ), more than likely.
I hate it, so I can't deal with staying in a job you hate. I want to do something I like doing in a place I love.
The problem is I am deeply in love with NOLA, they always say if it affects you, you can't imagine not it in your life. I'm pretty much there.
I really want to get involved in advocacy for rebuilding and support for the region, like defend NOLA and the like.
As far as people up here are concerned, it's a rotting cesspool or it's completely fine, they're very unaware as are most people outside the region, it's sickening that the issue isn't even talked about during this election race. I just need to find a job that I stand having.

I keep looking for stuff, I apply for jobs every day and nothing back.

I'm a writer, have experience working for NBC,ABC, haved worked on the trading floor for the last five year balancing accounts and fixing millions of dollars in out trades.
You'd think I'd be an attractive candidate for employment, I'm extremely passionate about music, art, writing, jazz, all the typical stuff that would atract someone to the lifestyle.
I've been checking Craigslist, Nola.com, monster, etc.

Is it because I'm out of state and people don't want to deal with me not being able to hop right in for an interview?
I going to look online and see if I can get in contact with a headhunter firm and see if they've got any answers.

Should I just save up as much money as possible, move home for a month or two when my lease is up in May and move down on what I've saved?

Also, what is the annual average income?
I see jobs that start at 18K-25K and up here that's severly underpaid, where the average income is 35K

If you've got ANY info,stories, wisdom, anything to point me in a better direction I'd LOVE to hear it.

Happy Mardi Gras.
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Old 02-05-2008, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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I'm certain you can find a job making more than 18K-25K. Even by Louisiana's standards, that is underpaid for most professional fields. You can't live on that...

By the way, I'd trade with you. I've been considering a move to Chicago for a while... I'm not in New Orleans, though, I'm up in Shreveport.
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:04 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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When I moved down here last April I put down a fake New Orleans address on my resume when I submitted it. A job is easy to find as long as you will travel down on your own for the interview and don't expect relocation...just put your resume out there as if you were a local.
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:20 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Aren't you asking for trouble if they want an interview on Friday and you can't drop everything to jump down?
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:24 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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PS. Chicago is amazing, prepare your mind for the cold, the traffic and the 9,000 MPH lifestyle.

and do not move to wrigelyville or Lincoln park, do the research and find what you're into and the neighborhood you'll choose can cater to that. People not from here have a very bad habit of moving to those parts of the city because they aren't aware of the other options, which in a lot of cases are a much better fit.
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Shreveport,Lousiana
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You are insane!!!!!!!
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Old 02-06-2008, 07:26 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Aren't you asking for trouble if they want an interview on Friday and you can't drop everything to jump down?
No.
When I got an interview I told them when I was available, then I managed to get2 more interviews that same day scheduled so I had 3 interviews in NOLA on the same day.
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Old 02-06-2008, 11:05 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Curiously, why am I crazy?

I love hearing peoples reactions to the whole thing, their reasons are all different.
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia PA
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[quote=miserylovesco.;2735088]I'm from Chicago and I am moving to New Orleans.

Is it because I'm out of state and people don't want to deal with me not being able to hop right in for an interview?
I going to look online and see if I can get in contact with a headhunter firm and see if they've got any answers.


I'm not from New Orleans, but love it also. Why not go down. Rent a PO box and get a prepaid cell phone with a local number. You can use that info on your resume and headhunters won't know that you aren't local.
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Old 02-06-2008, 01:12 PM
 
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You are insane!!!!!!!
Yes...I'm also interested to know why the OP is insane. For wanting to live and work in New Orleans? Sounds good to me as well. I might do it if I ever finish school.
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