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Old 01-30-2013, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Parrish, FL
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My wife just got a job in Tampa and plans to start in March. I, on the other hand, can't find a job yet. I need some feedback. If I quit my current job in PA and move with my wife, will it be easier to find employment in Tampa?
I have applied to almost 40 jobs in the Tampa area with no luck. I have my MBA and have over 10 years of management experience in several different industries (retail, production and manufacturing).
The whole idea of leaving a good paying job to move to Tampa is kind of scary. What's my chances of finding work? How is the job market in the Tampa area?

Thanks for any feedback. March will be here soon.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Employers definitely prefer local candidates so that will help.

Job market is not great here, but it is getting better.

I suggest contacting some recruiting agencies as well. They helped me get a job.... had never gone that route before but sure did make finding a good gig quick and easier.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl (SoHo/Hyde Park)
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Honestly, the job market is always TERRIBLE here. Very few stable, good paying professional jobs and TONS of people applying from all over the universe seeking that sunshine pipedream. You are educated with experience so should find something eventually, i would assume...
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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Can you live on your wifes income until you find a job? There is a good chance you will take a steep pay cut.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:38 AM
 
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My wife just got a job in Tampa and plans to start in March. I, on the other hand, can't find a job yet. I need some feedback. If I quit my current job in PA and move with my wife, will it be easier to find employment in Tampa?
I have applied to almost 40 jobs in the Tampa area with no luck. I have my MBA and have over 10 years of management experience in several different industries (retail, production and manufacturing).
The whole idea of leaving a good paying job to move to Tampa is kind of scary. What's my chances of finding work? How is the job market in the Tampa area?

Thanks for any feedback. March will be here soon.
Kind of curious why your wife already accepted a job, and you are asking these questions? Did you and your wife not discuss this? Going to be honest, you will have a "tough row to hoe" as they say. Be prepared for possibly waiting a long time to find a good job, and depending what you are earning now (you say "good-paying") will probably be a lot less. Competition is stiff here, and few good jobs are available.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Florida
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My wife just got a job in Tampa and plans to start in March. I, on the other hand, can't find a job yet. I need some feedback. If I quit my current job in PA and move with my wife, will it be easier to find employment in Tampa?
I have applied to almost 40 jobs in the Tampa area with no luck. I have my MBA and have over 10 years of management experience in several different industries (retail, production and manufacturing).
The whole idea of leaving a good paying job to move to Tampa is kind of scary. What's my chances of finding work? How is the job market in the Tampa area?

Thanks for any feedback. March will be here soon.
I am going back to college for a bachelors in cyber security. I have a BS in business management and cannot find a good job anywhere. I am an army veteran, a former federal employee, and worked in corporate America for well over a decade. I have an excellent track record and resume, but took the last 5 years off from the work force when we had our youngest child. When asked why I wished to go for another 4 year degree rather than pursue my MBA, I responded, "because the business field is too broad. I can't find a job in management with a 4 year degree. I have friends with MBAs who also cannot find jobs. IT or healthcare will always need knowledgable, well trained employees." I hope you can find something down here. Unfortunately it seems once you quit the company in which you've climbed the ladder, it is difficult to transition to a new one easily. You may have to start at the bottom again or pursue a different degree.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl (SoHo/Hyde Park)
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Almost all of the affluent people I know around south tampa either commute up to a job in NY,DC,etc during the week, work from home telecommuting to a company in NY, DC, etc or a few have started or bought a successful business.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Parrish, FL
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Thanks for all the feedback. I will continue to look for employment and try to make the most out of this. It would be hard to start from the bottom again but if it gets us to a better place, I'm willing to do it.
I understand that most people wouldn't risk giving up a good paying job but if we don't make the move, it might never happen. I normally wouldn't say or do this but it's time to take the path less traveled by.
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Any Beach/FL
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change the address to local... they don't like to even talk to folkks far away??? weird but true, then be ready to fly in a moments notice,
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Not the end of the Earth, but I can see it from here
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There is very little manufacturing or production work here, so that aspect of your resume is going to be pretty much worthless in this job market.

Understand that I am not being critical, just pointing out the reality of what the market consists of here.

Tampa, and for that matter, Florida, has little or no manufacturing. The economy is built around the service industries primarily.

RM
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