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Old 05-04-2009, 09:02 AM
Location: England, UK
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I own a company in England - a small boutique headhunting firm (recruitment). We search and select CFO/senior directors/presidents for small to medium sized businesses.

We (my wife and two dogs!) are looking to relocate to NY - Manhattan. I suppose I am open minded on the type of job I do - however I would like to stay close to my present career. Perhaps work for a business related to recruitment or private equity/venture capital?

Could anyone direct me to potential companies/businesses who may be able to assist us or websites which would be good for us to look at?

Also, what is a reasonable salary for a 30 yr old in Manhattan? I currently earn around £250,000 or say $350,000. Is this achievable and is this enough to live well in the City? We don't want to live anywhere outside of Manhattan.

Any help would be great and really appreciated! Cheers.
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:44 AM
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Honestly, at that level of salary, employers use executive recruiters. And there are so many high-level executives with MBA degrees who are unemployed right now who don't need visa applications or sponsors you're better off waiting for a while. And your salary requirements would certainly need to be lower than they currently are for what you're seeking to do.

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Old 05-06-2009, 03:44 PM
Location: Orlando
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Your best bet is to search craigslist.com and see what kind of apartment you hope to stay in and then multiply the avg price times 40 and that should be your salary (this is required by landlords). Then research current opportunities. So if you want an apartment that costs 3,000 you want to make 120k at least. 250k dollars is more than enough to live in NYC. I'm almost 30 and don't make anywhere near that, but I live in crummy apartments :P And its impossible really to say what is achievable for you without knowing your background and current opportunities in your field. Good Luck!
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Old 05-06-2009, 04:29 PM
Location: Portland, OR.
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Are you sure you cannot run your business from New York, even if in a diminished capacity? One would have to be pretty foolish to walk away from any business that's allowed you to enjoy that kind of lifestyle, especially at that age.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:01 PM
Location: Astoria, Queens, you know the scene
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If I was making that kind of dough I wouldn't even think of moving to New York to try to start over again. I'd just fly to New York 5 or 6 times a year and enjoy it that way. If you live in London, you already have so much anyway.

But if you must make the move you can probably join Korn Ferry or Heidrick and Struggles, the biggest headhunter firms in the world, who staff all the C level jobs for Fortune 500s. You'd probably make about $150,000 as a senior recruiter there. Not bad but not rich in NYC. You'll probably need a portfolio of comparable, high profile business to join them though.
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:05 PM
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I agree with what everyone else has said already. If you're making that kind of money working for yourself in the UK then you really should think about staying where you are.

I have no idea what you're visa situation is but assuming you haven't an American parent or spouse then your biggest hurdle will be getting a visa.

I moved from London to NYC in January but the opportunity came through an international headhunter. I would start with there as they will be the ones handling opportunities for those NY based companies who are prepared to sponsor your visa. To be honest, unless you are very skilled in a specialist field that you haven't mentioned then you're unlikely to earn that sort of money. Best of luck.
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Old 05-08-2009, 05:27 AM
Location: England, UK
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Thanks for all the replies - I understand it would be difficult making a move (no matter which salary level) and agreed I know I make good money. I am just drawn by the city and the "buzz". Best to do it now before kids come along!! Cheers everyone!

Ps Thanks for the anmes of the firms also - I will have a look. Also considering Egon Zehnder.
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