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Shelly in Atlanta, Georgia

43 months ago

Jackie said: I,ve read all the comments, not one positive, I have been back and forth for the past 2 years. I build a house in South Fulton. Will be graduating as a PTA. Pyhsical therapist assistance. I was told that I would not have any problem findind a job. I need some feedback please, from anyone. thx. Jackie

Unless, you have a job waiting and a letter confirming your salary....woops don't forget the right-to-work law. Old boys school dogs best!

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Shelly in Atlanta, Georgia

43 months ago

Carolyn in Worcester, Pennsylvania said: Hi:
Thanks for you input. I will be a Nurse Practitioner and my husband is in finance ( 2 Masters degrees). Are you saying you do not find the people friendly? I live in the Philadelphia area and the people here are so rude and hostile!! Oh and did I mention aggressive? Anyway, Best Wishes!!!
Carolyn

from philly myself (NE Cottman Ave)have a finance degree good luck with being a sales rep jobs here are fake and full of backdoor workers. Yes, I am very intellectual and people find my friendliness too Northern as I have been told to dumb it down! Welcome to hickville. But don't let me stop you, I just wish I had someone to tell me this. Would of went elsewhere. peace and blessings!

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TJ

43 months ago

Undecided in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts said: Hello - I am even more undecided about the possibility of moving to Georgia after reading this forum. We are THINKING of moving to the Atlanta area. A well paying job for my husband would already be in place. The concern is employment for myself. We are looking at living in outside areas (ie Peachtree City , Fayetteville, Marietta, Kennesaw, Smyrna etc.) Is it just as difficult to find jobs in these towns as well? I have a strong office administration background but am willing to work hard at just about anything. Long story short, if it will be next to impossible for me to find a job then we won't move. Any input or info on areas close to Atlanta that would have jobs would be appreciated. Thanks!!!

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Just an FYI, We moved here from NY in August 2012, I have a masters in Healthcare administration and I just found a job in January 2013....And I was out after me being out there almost every day handing out resumes. I am still not making the money that I should be making with my degree...Here it is ALL ABOUT WHO YOU KNOW...NOT WHAT YOU KNOW.......

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SDubya in Thomaston, Georgia

43 months ago

TJ said: reply

Just an FYI, We moved here from NY in August 2012, I have a masters in Healthcare administration and I just found a job in January 2013....And I was out after me being out there almost every day handing out resumes. I am still not making the money that I should be making with my degree...Here it is ALL ABOUT WHO YOU KNOW...NOT WHAT YOU KNOW.......

Seems to be accurate.

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Undecided in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

43 months ago

TJ said: reply

Just an FYI, We moved here from NY in August 2012, I have a masters in Healthcare administration and I just found a job in January 2013....And I was out after me being out there almost every day handing out resumes. I am still not making the money that I should be making with my degree...Here it is ALL ABOUT WHO YOU KNOW...NOT WHAT YOU KNOW.......

Thanks - that is helpful! Other than the employemtn factor, do you like it there?

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Jay Paper in Fayetteville, North Carolina

39 months ago

Yall got me messed up a little bit. The negative you all talking about happens everywhere. I am also looking for a job in the trucking/warehouse field of Atlanta. It's all about having a have a FALL BACK JOB. Anything can happen no matter how comfortable you feel in you current job. From the celebrities (who have more the 1 hustle most the time) to the middle age guy working 3 jobs. You always have to have more than just 1 job just in case you get fire, laid off for whatever reason or the place shut down.

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Ivan in Santa Fe, New Mexico

35 months ago

I've been thinking about starting fresh in ATL, however, after reading this thread, I think I may stay where I'm at and enjoy Atlanta as a tourist.

Unlike many people on this post, I do not have a degree of any sort, and I have a family of 4. I fell in love with the people, and overall friendliness that I experienced while visiting Atlanta to watch a Falcons game. I thought it would be an awesome place to raise a family, and enjoy the endless possibilities for entertainment.

When I really started looking into finding an actual job that would pay similar to my current position($14-$18/hr.), I gotta be honest, it scared me. It's quite scary thinking that there are literally thousands of people applying for one position, and that you could be fired for little to no reason at all.

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Nikki in Yonkers, New York

34 months ago

I don't know what to say after reading All the post. Iam planning to move to Roswell, GA in the next year and after reading these post -- I am speechless and learned from these post to do EXTENSIVE RESEARCH before I move. I noticed that there were two post asking employment for MSW'S (Master of Social Work), and nobody answered the question. My field is case management at a Health Insurance company presently. I am concerned if I will be able to find a job in human services in GA. Iam working on a MSW now, but still would like to know the prospects and salaries of people who work for not for profit organizations or any area of human services. Can someone please assist or direct me to a job agency that specializes in careers in any area of human services? Thank you.

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Nikki in Yonkers, New York

34 months ago

Also, what is a head hunter ? And how can you contact one? Do you have to pay a fee for the service?

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NewJerseyGuy in Riverdale, Georgia

34 months ago

I'm glad I found this thread. Now I don't feel alone. Same story here. Moved from New Jersey 1.5 years ago (funny I've meant alot and seen alot of ppl from New Jersey down here) Purchased a house. Been looking for work. Haven't found anything. I'm more than qualified. A matter fact, anyone with a college education is qualified for these low paying jobs down here. Had 2 employers call up, only phone interviews. But no job. Angry and frustrated. When I was in NJ....for years I would hear how great ATL is. ATL is a big disappointment. ATL is overrated. The poor and middle class do not share in the progress and fruits ATL has to offer. Traffic, jobs, egos all bad down here. I come to realize ATL is really a tourist town. Its only good if you have job or big money down here. And nobody wants to admit it, but I still sense a 'segregationist' mentality down here. I'm now on my Plan H (Plan A - G all failed) Just had another phone interview. Waiting to see what happens. If I don't get this job I may have to sell the house and move back to NJ before I completely run out of $$$. Also researching Houston, TX. Sad, because I really liked this house. Only thing I found positive is less crime and nice temps. oppose to New Jersey crime and cold winters.

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SDubya in Dacula, Georgia

34 months ago

Jersey Guy, your perceptions are correct. GA is only good if you transfer here, bring your money with you or are a native. The natives are tight knit and only look out for themselves unless of course they happen to take a liking to you. They do not like outsiders and appear to be less accepting of us Northerners. Hate to say it but moving to another state is your best bet. I've been living here for over one year and still no full time job. I've even been put through 3 interviews for a part time job I didn't get and was called back one month later only to be told I didn't get it! It's ridiculous down here. I know if I were back in NJ I'd be working by now. I too have a college degree with experience and currently work part time in retail because someone liked me and told their boss to hire me. Sorry it didn't work out as planned but remain optimistic. All the best to you!

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SDubya in Dacula, Georgia

34 months ago

Nikki in Yonkers, New York said: I don't know what to say after reading All the post. Iam planning to move to Roswell, GA in the next year and after reading these post -- I am speechless and learned from these post to do EXTENSIVE RESEARCH before I move. I noticed that there were two post asking employment for MSW'S (Master of Social Work), and nobody answered the question. My field is case management at a Health Insurance company presently. I am concerned if I will be able to find a job in human services in GA. Iam working on a MSW now, but still would like to know the prospects and salaries of people who work for not for profit organizations or any area of human services. Can someone please assist or direct me to a job agency that specializes in careers in any area of human services? Thank you.

Don't come here unless you have something lined up and it's in writing. There's a big issue with DFCS and they plan to expand the budget. You may find work with that agency or try the VA.

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squirrelonfire in Atlanta, Georgia

34 months ago

Riverdale in GA sucks, get outta there. And no it is not true that GA does not like northerners. It is illogical to say that. Some people like you, some people don't. Do understand that if you are black or white, you will see a significant advantage on where you apply for a job. I suppose in the North, this racial differences is at minimum, where as in GA, it is either yes or no, no neutrality here.
GA is not a tech city so your tech credentials matter a lot. Most of the techs in this city are dolts and so if you have very high end credentials, you will definitely get a great job. But say if you have like an A+ and a bachelor degree, blah that's thousands of other idiots have the same credentials as you. Try a master and MCSA or MCSE or CCNA. This is a situational generalization because GA doesn't have a lot of tech jobs, they tend to hire only the best candidates. Where as say like CA, average credentials would just get you an easy tech job.

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eagerengineer in Los Angeles, California

33 months ago

And here I am thinking that Atlanta has greener pastures than Los Angeles for IT professionals. This forum might have just saved my life.

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beerisgood07 in Port Chester, New York

31 months ago

What would you say the ration of Georgia natives vs northern transplants is?

80/20 ga natives?

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hotnerd in Charlotte, North Carolina

31 months ago

I will be moving to Atl at the end of the month. I was offer a job at one of their many hospitals. I will take my chances because you never know unless you try and plus anything is better then NC this place isnt that good for blacks or gay ppl. So, wish me luck

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Bob in LaGrange,Ga in Lagrange, Georgia

28 months ago

Ok folks, Here are my recommendations.
Do not move here until you are receiving your retirement/pension, This way you are in total control of your livelyhood and the G.O'L.B. network can't dictate your very existence.
Pay cash for a good bank owned home, All you will have is a city bill, property taxes are dirt cheap.
If you come here looking for a great paying job..good luck to you, When high paying jobs are posted on job agency sites I was told by locals that job agency workers will contact family members and close friends and hook them up first, You will be offered the crumbs.

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Serenity in Yonkers, New York

28 months ago

Are there any recent updates regarding job growth in Atlanta. Most of the post are old--maybe there has been a turnaround. My career experience is in human services, I hope I can find a job paying at least 35,000. Relocating, to Roswell GA, many post state not to move to ATL, but NY is horrendous, the rents are staggering, you make good money but the quality of living sucks. No where to park, raggedy apartments no upgrades, to go swimming you have to pay for a park pass to enter any pool or beach. Unless your in a certain income bracket with good credit you will never own a home. And if you do by the time you pay heat, gas, electric, property tax, school tax...your financially done. If you live in an apt you might not have an elevator, you still have to drag cart down steps to laundry or go to a laundry mat, no closet space, the list goes on and on. Many are willing to sacrifice a smaller salary but raise the quality of living elsewhere.

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Serenity in Yonkers, New York

28 months ago

NewJerseyGuy in Riverdale, Georgia said: I'm glad I found this thread. Now I don't feel alone. Same story here. Moved from New Jersey 1.5 years ago (funny I've meant alot and seen alot of ppl from New Jersey down here) Purchased a house. Been looking for work. Haven't found anything. I'm more than qualified. A matter fact, anyone with a college education is qualified for these low paying jobs down here. Had 2 employers call up, only phone interviews. But no job. Angry and frustrated. When I was in NJ....for years I would hear how great ATL is. ATL is a big disappointment. ATL is overrated. The poor and middle class do not share in the progress and fruits ATL has to offer. Traffic, jobs, egos all bad down here. I come to realize ATL is really a tourist town. Its only good if you have job or big money down here. And nobody wants to admit it, but I still sense a 'segregationist' mentality down here. I'm now on my Plan H (Plan A - G all failed) Just had another phone interview. Waiting to see what happens. If I don't get this job I may have to sell the house and move back to NJ before I completely run out of $$$. Also researching Houston, TX. Sad, because I really liked this house. Only thing I found positive is less crime and nice temps. oppose to New Jersey crime and cold winters.

WOW! INTERESTING I KNOW SO MANY PEOPLE THAT MOVED DOWN THERE AND THEY LOVE IT, IT WAS A STRUGGLE AT FIRST BUT IT WORKED ITS WAY OUT FOR THE BETTER.

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Dee in Newberry, South Carolina

28 months ago

iesha in North Las Vegas, Nevada said: thank you for being honest living there and visiting there are two different things and i know that it will be a struggle to relocate. that is another reason i am still in Vegas. i know once i get there i will be by myself and i have to play my cards right if i wont to survive. my concern is this water drought that has the media in an uproar. is it to the point where they will be monitoring your usage

Hello, I'm also relocating from Las Vegas and hoping to move to Atlanta by August, im willing to take a chance and see what happens, all the negative comments are a little scary but you'll never know if you don't try. Hit me up and let's talk, maybe we can be roomates! Lol.

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JulissaParis in Houston, Texas

28 months ago

Complete Atlanta guide www.atlanta.net/

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Jen in Ashtabula, Ohio

27 months ago

Reading this thread will definitely terrify anyone from moving to Atlanta. I am planning to move there this fall. I went to check some things out this spring and met alot of nice people who were Atlanta natives. I have alot of family there who are Northern transplants from Ohio and have been in the A for over 20 years. I also have friends who are native to Georgia that I met in college that are back in the A too. So, maybe I'm biased. The biggest thing that I noticed on this thread is that people seem to be moving there with lofty ideas on the job market. Coming from Ohio, which is also an "At will" state, I know how the game goes and when you know how to play, you can be better prepared. I guess that's why my Ohio family that's moved there has faired so well. The good ol' boys club exists in Cleveland and Columbus. I've lived in both cities and what's kept me alive job wise is having a good attitude and keeping an open mind and open eyes/ears. I have noticed that it's mainly East coast people are putting up the negative posts. I've met quite a few East coast people who have had a hard time in Ohio too. I love the East coast (especially Philly) but y'all can't keep it real everywhere you go. Especially in the south and the midwest (which is really just a northern version of the south.) I have to agree with Jay Paper. The days of relying on one job is over. You have to have multiple streams of income. Fortunately, I'm in the health field and my job is national, meaning that I can transfer anywhere in the U.S. And it's great paying. So, I don't have to worry about making less money when I move to Georgia. But I'm not going with just this job. I have other streams of income coming in just in case things don't work out. In the end, it's all about the survival of the fittest. Those who are quick on their feet and their minds will find a way to come out on top.

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cobbcountyhomesforsale in Kennesaw, Georgia

17 months ago

Hello All,
I am a local Realtor in the Cobb County Area and Georgia Native.
Atlanta is constantly progressing and Companies are migrating here because of the opportunities to build and brand themselves. So if you are looking for a career Atlanta has a lot of opportunities.
If you're a entrepreneur, you can start a business here and earn a great salary here.
If you ask me,
Cobb County is a great place to Live, Play, and Work. It's about 20mins from Atlanta. It's a Great place to work,buy a home,and start a family.
If anyone is interested in more information regarding living in Cobb County,Ga. Email me I am happy to help.

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New York Chic in Lithonia, Georgia

16 months ago

Blarg in Kennesaw, Georgia said: Hi Carolyn,

I've been in Atlanta since 2000. Personally, I can't wait to get out. We are located near Acworth, and TRAFFIC is a #1 reason for leaving - it is only getting worse due to uncontrolled massive development throughout.

As far as jobs, I have nothing good to say. Laid off 2001, impossible to get back into the field (above 60% unemployment in IT / Technical field(s)) - career ruined - DUE TO THE FACT IT IS NOTHING BUT AN EMPLOYERS' MARKET HERE. Get a full time job in 2006 (paying less than 1/2 of what I used to make), laid off (no reason, no idea it was coming) now looking for work.

It really depends on what type of work you are looking for. Sorry I can't offer anything positive.

Truth, I've been here to long in the dirty south these southerners call it the right to fire State that's the truth. I never seen a place like this place. They have a whole family working in a company, and there just different clicks'jelouse always starting something, they keep up a whole lot of mess, I advise anyone moving here. It looks good flying in but once you land its not all what it appears to be. Put it this way Its a Big country City

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Nikki in Alameda, California

15 months ago

P. Smith in Atlanta, Georgia said: I recently moved to ATL - Riverdale section. I moved to ATL from New Jersey a city where is it impossible to own a home, too expensive and taxes are high. My concern is the job market. I have been scotting for approximately 2 weeks. Why is it that you apply for numerous positions and get no response. Do you think they prefer Georgians as oppose to outsiders?

I have had the same issue. I currently live in the Bay Area (California) and I am ready to move. However every time I apply for a job out there, I get no response.

-Nikki

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JC711 in Humble, Texas

14 months ago

Just got my Georgia RN license...this is the scariest stuff I've ever read. I didn't realize it's so hard to make it there. Maybe I'll stay in the Houston area. Work is plentiful here.

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Oceanne in Bronx, New York

13 months ago

Alex said: Well I've been in Atlanta since October. I read this forum before I moved here and was leery because I had no job and nowhere to live. My husband and I moved in with my uncle and found a job within a couple weeks. He found a job within a bout a month. I was recently let go from a mediocre job back in April and I was so fortunate enough to find the job of my dreams that next month. My husband has a steady job and I am so glad I didn't listen to others' experiences and just did what I needed to do. I love Atlanta and all that it has to offer. Cost of living is great and there is so much to do here. Even though the weather is hot as ever, it's much better here during the winters compared to the Chicago/Northern Indiana weather I was use to.
Good Luck and remember, in a city big as Atlanta, there is always work somewhere.

Hey Alex! thank you for sharing your experience with us. I am in the process of moving to Atlanta and I've been reading all the comments, they are so negative.There are a few positive ones. How has it been since your last comment? Is it still a good decision. If you don't mind sharing, where in Atlanta is best to move to.Did you start applying for jobs before you moved there?

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squirrelonfire in Norcross, Georgia

13 months ago

If you read all the comments, mine was super negative because I never left Atlanta when I wrote it.
Now that I lived in San Diego for 9 months. I traveled to San Francisco, Nebraska, Santa Ana, North Carolina, Texas, Arizona, I can tell you that Atlanta is the best choice for growing up.
#1 Atlanta is growing, the jobs are diverse especially in IT. Because Atlanta is growing, they are wiling to accept new comers with entry level experience to mid level. For places like CA, be prepared to have like 10 years of experience, that's total bull. For places like NC, TX, AZ, the jobs are very limited. Pick TX, all you can do is oil and very little non-oil jobs. Now their oil is so cheap, all other jobs are being cut !
#2 Cost of living
Cheap apartment in safe area or so-so-safe area is like $500-$700. I lived there before. No I did not get robbed or murdered at night. I lived there for 1 year in Norcross, GA right off Jimmy Carter exit. Right after you took the exit off I85 NORTH and stopped at the light, takeleft, you make a right again immediately, my old apartment is at the end of the road on the left. Food is cheap and no bull environmental fees. In CA, the same apartment goes for $1200 and good luck getting it. CA doesn't build enough houses so soon as rubric box made outta wood goes on sale, people buy it or rent the cra outta it.

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squirrelonfire in Norcross, Georgia

13 months ago

#3 Opportunities
Well for jobs, so many huge companies are in Atlanta unlike many other c hole states in America. Like Alabama, they have nothing or San Diego has very few big companies. They have Qualcom though, headquarter there.

UPS - they are hiring Customer Support Rep right now
Delta - they are always hiring
Coca Cola - not hiring IT but hiring Fiance and Marketing jobs. If you keep up with the news, CoCa Cola is the #1 company to work for in Marketing, not Nike !
Home Depot - their Support Headquarter is off Paces Ferry Road and they are always hiring.
AT&T (everywhere) acquired Cricket Wireless in 04/2014. They are hiring now for their Cricket building in the Linbergh station. AT&T does everything you can dream of long as it has a CPU in it.
Cisco - they bought Scientific Atlanta all the way back in 2007 on Sugarloaf Parkway. So now they have 2 headquarter locations, 1 on Sugarloaf parkway and 1 off exit 11 on GA 400.
Banks, banks, banks !!! GA is know to have the most number of banks in America. They have more banks than the homeless people on North Avenue street !
Citrix is off exit 11 too next to Equifax and IHG. Then you have Mercedes who just moved in this year !!!!!! Mercedes is hiring right now, go apply. Porsche is also in Atlanta, I don't know where.
The list goes on and on !

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play

13 months ago

M Fairly in Atlanta, Georgia said: At Will or Right to Work State. They can terminate your employment from any reason or no reason at all.

I think that people can try to get that law change if they worked together and do so,as that being said it is what you make it no matter where you go are state things going to be different if your heart is set on a different change and you feel like that's will be a better move for you do it because everyone experience will not be the same. I'm not saying that the experience that everyone talking about is not true because that's there experience your experience can be different you will never know unless you try.

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Nikki in Berkeley, California

13 months ago

I agree with the comments about California. I have been exploring moving to Atlanta for a while and I plan to move on 2016 or 2017 once I get my degree, no matter what. In California regardless of where in the state that u live housing is expensive. I live in the Bay Area and housing is expensive. You could pay 1500 a month to live in a studio compared to anywhere in the south. Most people rent compared to buying and they want at least 3 to 20 percent down in order to qualify for a home here. So most homes in California go for mid 250 and up depending on the area. Also jobs here want a lot of experience and education compared to most. I have seen jobs in California ask for a BA degree for a basic receptionist or Administrative job just because they can. And if u don't have a degree you better have 5-10 years of experience. Education is big here and because there are so many schools and a lot of people with degrees out here they expect you to have a degree in something. Now don't get me wrong the money is good in California but the cost of living and expenses are not worth the money. I have decided that I'm willing to take a pay cut in order to own my own home in Atlanta. I wouldn't advise anyone to move to California and if they do please listen to my advice before you get here.

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Been here for two months now. in Miami, Florida

11 months ago

Yes to actually get a job offer here in Atlanta, you have to be a resident here. They won't even look at the the part where you say you are willing to relocate. So if you're out of town applying for jobs here in Atlanta sorry they don't look your way....but than its who you know. Good Luck!

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Sunshine State in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

10 months ago

I would recommend Florida. I moved from Philadelphia to Central Florida (Orlando) it was the best decision I made ever!! The people are nice, the weather is good, jobs are plentiful....you could work at a call center,restaurant,hospital, or anywhere until you find something in your specific career field. I have had success. I started working within the first week of relocating.

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toyota2000 in Everett, Washington

8 months ago

I want relocate to GA in marsh 2016. I want to see where is the best place to be and to see if it is easy to get job over there. Currently I have my BS in electrical engineering ,and I'm a Lead technician. Do any body think it will be easy for me to get a job.

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Rina in Bronx, New York

6 months ago

Bemi Ademokoya in Gardner, Illinois said: Okay!! I have read all the comments about Atlanta. I plan on moving there in a few months and I started a job search 2 months ago. I do bilingual (Spanish) customer service work and I have had no problems at all getting leads from interested employeers. I have had at least 5 companies including temp services that have been interested in interviewing me. I will be visiting in 2 weeks and I have 2 interviews setup.. So this leads me to beleve that the job market might not be as bad. I know the traffic is ... If you are moving to Atlanta try going through a temp service first then move on from there. I don't know anybody in Atlanta at all. Thanks and Good Luck, Bemi

Hey how is it coming along in Atlanta. Are you still living there ? I have plans to move there and I have a couple of questions

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Katie in Lawrenceville, Georgia

6 months ago

Here is what you need to remember, in any state or city you will need to gain connections, the best way to do that in ATL is by joining a few networking groups that are specific to finding employment in ATL, you must post on linkedin... here is where you will find a serious crowd seeking to pay it forward.I myself am a transplant from NYC and hit the pavement running the moment I touched down. I immediately searched for positions that would benefit from my skills I designed my resume to fit each job that I applied for, which I find most people are lazy and don't want to put in the many hours it takes to do this, however it WILL pay off in the long run. I hung out in coffee shops while seeking employment and familiarized myself with people who were familiar with the job market and other useful resources, there are a lot of business people that hang out in coffee shops in the early morning. Get out around the time that you would be going to work and you'll see what I mean. Hope this helps, I could type more but I don't know if this will allow anymore characters.

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