Move Without Job?

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    Jan 14, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    Hey guys, just wanting to get some opinions. So I have pretty much been over where I am for years now and have been trying to relocate.

    I have applied for jobs all over and gotten lots of call backs, but they all want me to actually live in the state of that job before they interview or offer a job. I am extremely hesitant about moving somewhere and hoping I find a job quick enough. So I am pretty much stuck.

    So, would you move somewhere without a job, if there was a good possibility but 100% chance you could find a job quickly?

    I am an accountant, if that makes any difference, lol.
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    Jan 14, 2012 6:38 AM GMT
    I am doing that very thing myself. Go for it!
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    Jan 14, 2012 6:51 AM GMT
    Just make sure that you research the job market and economy of wherever you are choosing to relocate to before taking the plunge. For example, make sure there is a good pool of jobs in your field before embarking on the adventure.
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    Jan 14, 2012 7:46 AM GMT
    If you feel confident that you'll be able to find a job, then go for it. Just in case, I would save up some cash first. Maybe enough to survive 6 - 9 months, and have some money left over as a back-up in case you have to move back.
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    Jan 14, 2012 2:14 PM GMT
    From what I have seen the places I have shown interest, all have lots of accounting jobs, but it is just my nature to want security, so having the job before I move would have been great.

    Wherever I go, I would be able to survive for about 2 months I figure without any kind of income.

    I have applied for jobs in San Diego, Phoenix, Austin, and Manhattan. Gotten calls of interest from all, but they want me there first.
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    Jan 14, 2012 3:15 PM GMT
    As an accountant, Ace - you have a much better chance of landing a job than other professions. The accounting profession is, and seems to have always been relatively stable and demand is there, even in economically distressed areas. Good luck!
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    Jan 14, 2012 3:22 PM GMT
    Thanks Mojohnny. I still don't know if I want to just stay here, because I know its safe, even though I am unhappy, or take a chance and move.
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    Jan 14, 2012 3:25 PM GMT
    Go for it. My ex and I move to Toronto and he hadn't found a job prior (same situation as you, they wanted him to live in toronto already. He was hired on at Robert half as a hiring manager after about a month. He was telling me by applying online you are only accessing 2/5 jobs in the industry
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    Jan 14, 2012 3:27 PM GMT
    What concerns me is, renting an apartment....what is your proof of income?
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    Jan 14, 2012 3:27 PM GMT
    I did it - would have been easier if I had a job at the other end, but, in retrospect, I'd do it again.
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    Jan 14, 2012 3:36 PM GMT
    So...How is Boca working for you?

    and the job thang.......?


    Not being totally altruistic.........icon_eek.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 14, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
    Go for any job offers in San Diego, Phoenix, and New York City. However, avoid Austin, it is horrendously overrated and you will have an extremely tough time getting established there without a job. Plus Austin is very expensive and very unfriendly. If you want to be in Texas, than check out either Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, or Houston instead. When in the NYC region, may I also suggest that you make a couple quick trips and check out both Boston and Philadelphia for jobs in your profession.
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    Jan 14, 2012 3:55 PM GMT
    I did the same thing when I moved to Texas from DC 4 years ago. Looking back, I moved during the worst recession in memory, bought a house AND my career is in recruiting employees for companies in a period where the jobless rate is 9%!

    My key was that I started saving money about 2 years before I moved. I saved up about $15k. I also had some emergency 401k to fall back on in case I couldn't find a job. I moved to Austin after researching and researching their job market. I would recommend that you do the same before deciding where to move. Once I had an Austin address, it was much easier to land interviews. I actually didn't go a day without being employed and started my new job 10 days after I moved here (my previous company allowed me to work remotely until I found a gig).

    Also, remember that bigger cities generally have more opportunities for employment. If I had it to do over again, I probably wouldn't have bought a house and I probably would have move to a bigger city, like Houston. Being that I'm in Austin, I can move at anytime and have connections in other cities. But I don't regret moving from DC at all.

    My final suggestion is that you remember why you're looking to leave and figure out what you are looking for versus what you're escaping. I would also recommend that you move as close to downtown of any city that you move to. It will be much easier to meet people if you're near the attractions. Also look at your move as a 3 year experiment. If you don't like it, you can always move. Good luck.
  • BuddhaLing

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    Jan 14, 2012 4:22 PM GMT
    Never move uless you have a job,unless of course you are independently wealthy!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 14, 2012 5:01 PM GMT
    Good luck landing a job in a city or region that you don't live in. It is virtually impossible because perspective employers prefer that you have an established, local address. It is a tough situation.
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    Jan 14, 2012 8:10 PM GMT
    Ace123 saidHey guys, just wanting to get some opinions. So I have pretty much been over where I am for years now and have been trying to relocate.

    I have applied for jobs all over and gotten lots of call backs, but they all want me to actually live in the state of that job before they interview or offer a job. I am extremely hesitant about moving somewhere and hoping I find a job quick enough. So I am pretty much stuck.

    So, would you move somewhere without a job, if there was a good possibility but 100% chance you could find a job quickly?

    I am an accountant, if that makes any difference, lol.


    I'm also an accountant and going through the same thing. In my case, the area I'm seeking to move to I lived in before and grew up near, so I'm not just picking it at random, but employers still seem skittish. Jobs I know would at least call me for an interview normally, don't, and the one I did go there to interview for obviously had reservations about whether I was really going to move. It is frustrating.
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    Jan 14, 2012 9:04 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidWhat concerns me is, renting an apartment....what is your proof of income?


    Yeah, I have thought about and that probably would be a problem as I don't know if they would rent to me without a job.

    BuddhaLing saidNever move uless you have a job,unless of course you are independently wealthy!


    LOL, no I am not, wish I were though. If I were then this wouldn't have to worry about finding a job before I move.
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    Jan 14, 2012 10:22 PM GMT
    Also, since you are an accountant, your best bet is to search for companies that are headquartered out of the city you're looking to move to since most finance related jobs are out of the corporate office. You could also look at bartending too until you finally find your job. It isn't hopeless, but it does take some financial planning.
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    Jan 14, 2012 10:57 PM GMT
    intensity69 saidJust make sure that you research the job market and economy of wherever you are choosing to relocate to before taking the plunge. For example, make sure there is a good pool of jobs in your field before embarking on the adventure.


    and from xrichx :

    "If you feel confident that you'll be able to find a job, then go for it. Just in case, I would save up some cash first. Maybe enough to survive 6 - 9 months, and have some money left over as a back-up in case you have to move back."

    Great advice from both of them. Moving to a new place without a plan may sound like you're living on the edge but without any savings to draw back on - even for a ticket to return home, it could be a bit of a nightmare.

    Best of luck!!
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    Jan 14, 2012 11:07 PM GMT
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    intensity69 saidJust make sure that you research the job market and economy of wherever you are choosing to relocate to before taking the plunge. For example, make sure there is a good pool of jobs in your field before embarking on the adventure.


    and from xrichx :

    "If you feel confident that you'll be able to find a job, then go for it. Just in case, I would save up some cash first. Maybe enough to survive 6 - 9 months, and have some money left over as a back-up in case you have to move back."

    Great advice from both of them. Moving to a new place without a plan may sound like you're living on the edge but without any savings to draw back on - even for a ticket to return home, it could be a bit of a nightmare.

    Best of luck!!


    I figure at this point I have about 3 months that I could survive without any income. However, didn't factor in the fact that most apts may not rent to me without a job. Have to figure that one out.
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    Jan 14, 2012 11:11 PM GMT
    Ace123 said
    I figure at this point I have about 3 months that I could survive without any income. However, didn't factor in the fact that most apts may not rent to me without a job. Have to figure that one out.
    Most commercial apartment and property management companies will require a source of income. But some will make the exception if you can show that you have a decent amount of money saved up. I think right now, your best bet would be to rent from an individual rental property owner. Or maybe rent a room.
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    Jan 14, 2012 11:17 PM GMT
    Listen to Uncle Rich!

    He knows his stuff..
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    Jan 15, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    Ace123 said
    tanlejos said
    intensity69 saidJust make sure that you research the job market and economy of wherever you are choosing to relocate to before taking the plunge. For example, make sure there is a good pool of jobs in your field before embarking on the adventure.


    and from xrichx :

    "If you feel confident that you'll be able to find a job, then go for it. Just in case, I would save up some cash first. Maybe enough to survive 6 - 9 months, and have some money left over as a back-up in case you have to move back."

    Great advice from both of them. Moving to a new place without a plan may sound like you're living on the edge but without any savings to draw back on - even for a ticket to return home, it could be a bit of a nightmare.

    Best of luck!!


    I figure at this point I have about 3 months that I could survive without any income. However, didn't factor in the fact that most apts may not rent to me without a job. Have to figure that one out.


    Do like I did and rent an apartment before you leave your current job.
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    Jan 16, 2012 3:16 AM GMT
    Thanks for the replies so far guys, still trying to figure out best thing to do.
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    Jan 16, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    I wouldn't, but I was just thinking...

    Have any of you ever quit a job b/c you just couldn't stand it anymore? And had no job waiting on deck?