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Old 04-21-2017, 10:31 AM   #1
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any tips on finding a job out of state?

my wife and I are looking to relocate to Florida. We're both realizing we want a change (she turned 30 last year, i just turned 29, probably has something to do with it)

I am currently a pipe designer at an engineering firm in Lafayette. I've been sending resumes out on Indeed and nothing. Is it because I'm in Lafayette and not a local candidate? I understand them wanting to hire someone that can start tomorrow.

Anyone have experience switching jobs out of state? We have our house on the market and just ready for a change.

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my wife and I are looking to relocate to Florida. We're both realizing we want a change (she turned 30 last year, i just turned 29, probably has something to do with it)

I am currently a pipe designer at an engineering firm in Lafayette. I've been sending resumes out on Indeed and nothing. Is it because I'm in Lafayette and not a local candidate? I understand them wanting to hire someone that can start tomorrow.

Anyone have experience switching jobs out of state? We have our house on the market and just ready for a change.
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i've recently heard about some pipe laying in Florida
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my wife and I are looking to relocate to Florida. We're both realizing we want a change (she turned 30 last year, i just turned 29, probably has something to do with it)

I am currently a pipe designer at an engineering firm in Lafayette. I've been sending resumes out on Indeed and nothing. Is it because I'm in Lafayette and not a local candidate? I understand them wanting to hire someone that can start tomorrow.

Anyone have experience switching jobs out of state? We have our house on the market and just ready for a change.
Get on Linked in and start talking to some recruiters in the area you want to move. Let them know you intend to re-locate. There are a lot of engineering openings here, but I can't speak for Florida.

Get your resume on EVERYTHING. Any site that you can post it up, do so. Get a professional looking linked in and add as many people as you can that you think will help.

Lastly? Pray....It's honestly hard to get a job right now, you really need luck on your side.
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my wife and I are looking to relocate to Florida. We're both realizing we want a change (she turned 30 last year, i just turned 29, probably has something to do with it)

I am currently a pipe designer at an engineering firm in Lafayette. I've been sending resumes out on Indeed and nothing. Is it because I'm in Lafayette and not a local candidate? I understand them wanting to hire someone that can start tomorrow.

Anyone have experience switching jobs out of state? We have our house on the market and just ready for a change.



In my experience, if you're able to, your best option is to save up enough to live on for a few months, move there and THEN look to get a job... I've had success that way in the past when trying to relocate, as opposed to looking for a job from afar... then again, i was single and didnt have a family to think of.
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In my experience, if you're able to, your best option is to save up enough to live on for a few months, move there and THEN look to get a job... I've had success that way in the past when trying to relocate, as opposed to looking for a job from afar... then again, i was single and didnt have a family to think of.
This is what I would do (not based on personal experience btw) but at least you could consider yourself "local" and have a local address which may remove at least one barrier. And as Meachemdat said, linkedin and recruiters (who may or may not blow tons of smoke up your *** - definitely based on personal experience).
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I relocated to Phoenix from Lafayette at the end of last year. Im in the foundation repair industry and used ziprecruiter to locate possible jobs. After finding one I liked, I looked them up online. Once I was sure this is who I wanted to work for, I submitted my resume to them via ziprecruiter and then contacted the company directly to speak with the owner. Flew out to have an interview and was hired on the spot but I asked if I could give my current employer at the time a months notice. He was all for it. I think I may have just gotten lucky but the process was very easy. Good luck to you.
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I know there are jobs available in Miami and Ft Lauderdale but may not be exactly what you want. The pay is pretty good on average. Career change is a big thing here. Just a heads up on how it could turn out if you make up your mind to move to Fla.
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my wife and I are looking to relocate to Florida. We're both realizing we want a change (she turned 30 last year, i just turned 29, probably has something to do with it)

I am currently a pipe designer at an engineering firm in Lafayette. I've been sending resumes out on Indeed and nothing. Is it because I'm in Lafayette and not a local candidate? I understand them wanting to hire someone that can start tomorrow.

Anyone have experience switching jobs out of state? We have our house on the market and just ready for a change.
Depends on the type of job. I had no problems relocating from Michigan to Louisiana and from Louisiana to Florida. You say you're a pipe designer for an engineering firm. Like, CAD work? got a degree or? What's your wife do?

I'll say this.. it depends on the type of work you do, degree, and company. I've had some companies that preferred local, because they wanted me to drive in and maybe pay for my lunch. I've had others fly me in, put me in a hotel, feed me, and let me stay a few days to check out the area.
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Florida as a whole underpays. And rent is over priced in most areas, so just be forewarned. There are exceptions, but people want to live here, so they use that to their advantage. Also, some traffic in very bad, depending on where you want to be.
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Often I look up specific companies and make sure my resume information is on their webpage.. then I also do the Indeed, Monster, etc. It might take a few months tough. The key is to identify the right job that you are qualified for and then pounce.
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I relocated to Phoenix from Lafayette at the end of last year. Im in the foundation repair industry and used ziprecruiter to locate possible jobs. After finding one I liked, I looked them up online. Once I was sure this is who I wanted to work for, I submitted my resume to them via ziprecruiter and then contacted the company directly to speak with the owner. Flew out to have an interview and was hired on the spot but I asked if I could give my current employer at the time a months notice. He was all for it. I think I may have just gotten lucky but the process was very easy. Good luck to you.


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i had a phone interview friday for a company in gainesville. they said they had a few more interviews to do and will let me know this week. not getting my hopes up. but is nice to get a phone call.

now we just need our house sold! been on the market 7 weeks.

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if its gainesville, i worked demolition when i lived there, so i could look up some of my old contacts if you're interested in that until you find what you're looking for

if it's south fl, i could get you a sales job
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