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Old 12-30-2010, 01:40 PM
 
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I am a single mom of a toddler who will be "starting over" in the Portland area. I am currently in Northern Virginia, born and raised, but only stayed here because of my now ex-husband. I have always wanted to live in Maine and I figure now is the best time. I want to move to the Portland area, good schools (daycare right now), good place to raise my son as a single parent and of course it needs to be safe. We have both been through too much so I just want to live in a nice, safe, friendly place. I have 2 dogs also, they don't socialize really outside of eachother so just a place they will be accepted. Id like to rent a small house instead of apartments.
Also, where is the best place to look for jobs? I've already started on Monster, Craigslist etc.

Thanks so much for all the help!
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Old 12-31-2010, 04:06 PM
 
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:15 PM
 
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I've been having a hard time getting anyone in Maine to respond to my applications since I have an out-of-state address and phone number. It would be helpful to go to the contact sections of companies' direct websites and email human resources representatives with a cover letter explaining your situation and willingness to relocate at your own expense. Favoritism will almost always be given to Maine natives if potential employers have no background about you. By looking at your address, they may think that you will "flake out" and stay where you are or they could be concerned about paying for relocation costs. If you are able to take some time to visit Maine for a week or two and to apply to jobs in person, that may give you an advantage. Also, while looking at "help wanted" ads from Downeast Maine papers I saw "please do not call about this position or you will not be considered." I've never seen this statement in my own local papers, but it might be best to keep this in mind if you are "cold contacting" a company; stick with in-person and emailed applications.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I am a single mom of a toddler who will be "starting over" in the Portland area. I am currently in Northern Virginia, born and raised, but only stayed here because of my now ex-husband. I have always wanted to live in Maine and I figure now is the best time. I want to move to the Portland area, good schools (daycare right now), good place to raise my son as a single parent and of course it needs to be safe. We have both been through too much so I just want to live in a nice, safe, friendly place. I have 2 dogs also, they don't socialize really outside of eachother so just a place they will be accepted. Id like to rent a small house instead of apartments.
Also, where is the best place to look for jobs? I've already started on Monster, Craigslist etc.

Thanks so much for all the help!
Mote power to you. It's hard to start over but you're working at it.

As for a job, what kind of work are you looking for? There have been good posts on this forum about jobs in Maine ... that many people have two or three small jobs rather than one big one. There have also been good comments about how to approach employers.

BTW, since you have dogs, you might want to be near a dog park - within driving distance, that is.
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Old 01-08-2011, 09:27 PM
 
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Employers here will discriminate if your resume shows work experience soley from another state, even if your address is a Maine one. Taking a smaller job, such as retail, can be a foot in the door, for meeting people for contacts, to getting considered when a new position opens up.

Like Clarissa2010 said, you may have to work two part time jobs before getting a regular full time one. Before I moved to Maine, this same thing was said to me. I was hoping it wasn't true, and that maybe I would just get lucky when I got here and land a good job. Not so!! I have been here since September 2010 and while I did get one offer from a retail place, which I didnt take due to foot injury issues---I have not received any other offers and been on about 10 interviews, and applied to about 100 jobs. Granted, my situation is unique, and so I believe that you will be able to find work if you search diligently, but also be prepared and be ready to be outgoing and confident-- employers in the North East are very tough on interviewees, the Maine people, however good, are like anywhere else--but here--with the small job market and the current bad economy, it is even more prevalent.

I myself, made some mistakes in my job search, and have hit a wall, and am considering moving back to where I came from. Sad, but I have to earn a living and be comfortable before enjoying any of the great things in this state
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