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Old 03-27-2011, 07:32 AM
 
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I walk for my Masters in April. I am ready to move out of Michigan. I have been applying for jobs since last month to no avail. Any advice? ALSO, so that I can narrow my search, what are the nice areas of NC. I know people have their own definitions of nice, so just throw out some opinions. I have no family in NC, so I am not limited to a certain area. I don't mind having to make the commute into a major city, but I would like to drive no more than 30 mins to find a place hang out. I am 24/Single/F.

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Old 03-28-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:32 PM
 
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My girlfriend was looking for generalist position in Charlotte, only for a week, but zero call backs. Please let me know how you do.
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:13 AM
 
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"Nice" is where you get a job. The more information you give, the more people can help you.

Do you want to live near the beach? The mountains? Neither?
Do you want to live where the summers are hot? Extremely hot? Or unbearably hot?
Where the winters bring no snow? Little snow? Much snow?

Do you want to leave MI because of the economy or the weather, or for some other reason? If you don't mind the snow, ND has more job opportunities (as does SD). What kind of work are you looking for? Are you only looking in NC?
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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Going to be a Debbie Downer here, but this is reality.

My brother received his Masters last May - he and I are both from MI, he graduated from MSU's James Madison with honors and then received his Masters with honors from George Washington in DC. He is very qualified all around. He applied for many, many, MANY positions each month. He didn't get his first job offer until this past Dec, and lets just say the starting pay was an insult. His twin brother has similar credentials coming out of Univ of Chicago. After a series of temp jobs and layoffs, twin has just enlisted to the Navy. Granted, their studies are different from yours, but fact still remains .. You've only been applying for a month with about minimal "real world" experience on your resume. Don't expect too many bites.


The problem with applying for jobs in a states with a high unemployment rate -- MI, OH, NC, etc -- is that you are competing against many experienced, above entry level resumes.

If you're ready to leave MI, you need to go after the job. Any job is a job, and starting a job in your profession is better than sitting back and waiting for the perfect job. You're going to create a better resume the sooner you're out working in the real world after graduation than you will by waiting for the job you want to come along. Your best bet is to find a position that meets your qualifications and go after it whether it is in ND, SD, MI, OH, IN, TX, MS, CA, etc. Get your feet wet and have some real world experience. Then, you can set your sites a little higher going after a job in your 'preferred' location be it NC or anywhere else.

As a fresh graduate, your priority is finding work. Finding a place to live comes next.
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:04 PM
 
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Going to be a Debbie Downer here, but this is reality.

My brother received his Masters last May - he and I are both from MI, he graduated from MSU's James Madison with honors and then received his Masters with honors from George Washington in DC. He is very qualified all around. He applied for many, many, MANY positions each month. He didn't get his first job offer until this past Dec, and lets just say the starting pay was an insult. His twin brother has similar credentials coming out of Univ of Chicago. After a series of temp jobs and layoffs, twin has just enlisted to the Navy. Granted, their studies are different from yours, but fact still remains .. You've only been applying for a month with about minimal "real world" experience on your resume. Don't expect too many bites.


The problem with applying for jobs in a states with a high unemployment rate -- MI, OH, NC, etc -- is that you are competing against many experienced, above entry level resumes.

If you're ready to leave MI, you need to go after the job. Any job is a job, and starting a job in your profession is better than sitting back and waiting for the perfect job. You're going to create a better resume the sooner you're out working in the real world after graduation than you will by waiting for the job you want to come along. Your best bet is to find a position that meets your qualifications and go after it whether it is in ND, SD, MI, OH, IN, TX, MS, CA, etc. Get your feet wet and have some real world experience. Then, you can set your sites a little higher going after a job in your 'preferred' location be it NC or anywhere else.

As a fresh graduate, your priority is finding work. Finding a place to live comes next.

Absolutely agree!
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I walk for my Masters in April. I am ready to move out of Michigan. I have been applying for jobs since last month to no avail. Any advice? ALSO, so that I can narrow my search, what are the nice areas of NC. I know people have their own definitions of nice, so just throw out some opinions. I have no family in NC, so I am not limited to a certain area. I don't mind having to make the commute into a major city, but I would like to drive no more than 30 mins to find a place hang out. I am 24/Single/F.
If you are "not limited to a certain area", then why you are limiting yourself to NC?

In other words, tell us what specifically attracts you to this state and people can be more helpful in suggesting things. You really give no clues at all other than "no more than 30 mins for a place to hang out".

Do you want rural, urban, or suburban? Near mountains or near beach? Liberal or conservative? Bustling or quiet? Large or small accomodations? The state is large and diverse.

Also, with no experience, it will be very hard to break into HR right now in NC, whose unemployment is 10th in the US (not as bad as MI of course)--but you might consider going to a state with and easier job market, and then transferring here when you're more marketable. "Fresh out of college" grads are the proverbial "dime a dozen" here, with NC having so many good schools.
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