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Old 10-07-2010, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I've been in Kentucky for about 5 months now and have kept up a furious job search. I've applied to several jobs in Louisville which is average 35-45 miles from my residence in the exurbs (think Ft. Knox). I've only gotten interviews for maybe 3 or 4 of them. The rest I get emails saying we've moved onto other candidates. I really don't mind driving an hour each way for a job. I'm anxiously waiting an answer for a good job Downtown which would be a 50 minute commute each way. I would plan to relocate closer in due time if I got this job.

I'm wondering if my residence about 45 miles away is a turnoff for recruiters. I understand the inclement weather argument but any other thoughts on this?
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:51 PM
 
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I've been in Kentucky for about 5 months now and have kept up a furious job search. I've applied to several jobs in Louisville which is average 35-45 miles from my residence in the exurbs (think Ft. Knox). I've only gotten interviews for maybe 3 or 4 of them. The rest I get emails saying we've moved onto other candidates. I really don't mind driving an hour each way for a job. I'm anxiously waiting an answer for a good job Downtown which would be a 50 minute commute each way. I would plan to relocate closer in due time if I got this job.

I'm wondering if my residence about 45 miles away is a turnoff for recruiters. I understand the inclement weather argument but any other thoughts on this?
I think you are just close to be considered local...I think you are fine.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:05 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Yeah, a 50 mile commute really isn't much. Bad weather? A smart employee adjusts for that.

People here do 80-100 miles, one way. From WVA to DC, from PA to DC, etc. I do 20 one way, Mrs. NBP does 30.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:46 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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My commute is 40 miles each way - not a big deal.
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:50 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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Do you realize how far some travel to cities like Chicago? Much farther than you are talking. Granted many of them are using public transportation, yes it does go that far in places like that, but they still get hired for jobs in the Loop. I really think the problem is as it is for many of us that are unemployed today, there are too many people looking for jobs.
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:50 PM
 
Location: NJ
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That really isn't that far away.
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Old 10-08-2010, 12:16 AM
 
Location: 60630
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Yeah, a 50 mile commute really isn't much. Bad weather? A smart employee adjusts for that.

People here do 80-100 miles, one way. From WVA to DC, from PA to DC, etc. I do 20 one way, Mrs. NBP does 30.

My sister in laws girl friend commuted from Delaware to WA DC everyday for 10 years.
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Old 10-08-2010, 03:50 AM
 
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all of my workers telecommute so I could careless where they live.
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Old 10-08-2010, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Many of my co-workers commute 1.5 hours each way to work and I have one co-worker who commutes 2.25 hours each way. 35-45 miles is not that far away.
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Old 10-08-2010, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I don't think it's such a big deal either if you're willing to do it. Many people here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area have long commutes. That said, I live only about 11 miles from the job I currently hold, but I remember in the interview my manager expressed the thought that she would prefer to hire someone closer to the bank. As I recall, she asked if it would be a problem for me. (That's only a 20-25 minute commute even in rush hour.) I assured her that my last job was pretty much the same distance, and it was no problem. I mean, sure I'd rather live right around the corner from where I work but how often can you swing that?

So my point is, that yeah, apparently some employers might think that was too far off even if most of us don't.
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