AR in New York, New York said: I'm in my early 30s and work in the financial services space as an IT business analyst. I have been living and working in NYC for the past several years. I'm very fed up with living here and would really like to relocate to California, maybe San Diego or the Bay area, or really most anywhere else in the state.
I have a few questions for which I'm seeking guidance.
1. The main issue is how do I find a job in the IT area as a business analyst or project manager in California when I live in NY? It doesn't appear to be an easy feat as most places only look at local candidates.
2. Salary wise, what can I expect to make if I do find a job there in my field? For all intents and purposes I am expecting the cost of living to be the same, possibly even slightly higher in California.
Any other useful suggestions or advice would be appreciated.
First, you are looking at THE most expensive areas of California: SF and SD. That means that you need a really good job because $10.00 an hour ain't gonna cut it. I am originally from Los Angeles.
Second, Silicon Valley has more opportunity for IT than does San Diego but again, its expensive.
Too get a job, you often have to "appear" local. I worked in one building where there was a guy down the hall who ran a one man operation - mail forwarding. You can take it from here.