Moving and jobhunting?
July 21, 2009 12:32 PM Subscribe
Need some advice on getting my first real job in Portland, OR. Difficulty: I don't live there yet.
posted by anonymous to work & money (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a geek in my early 20s, currently living in Tacoma, WA. I've made a substantial amount of progress (about three years, plus some false starts at other schools) toward a bachelor's degree in computer science and have a strong academic record, but the years of intense focus on a single subject (as well as factors in my academic environment) have caused my enthusiasm for computers and programming to burn out. At this point I'm struggling to discover something I have a passion for; I'm one of those types who can do spectacular things when inspired, and is useless when uninspired. I've worked for one quarter as a grader and two as a mentor for the school, but I have a hard time considering this a "real job" as far as my employment history goes.
I am currently living on my own in an apartment in Tacoma, and have given notice to the apartment complex that I'll be moving out at the end of the month. This pretty much means that I'll be spending at least a good chunk of August at my parents' house, while I work on moving to Portland. I do not have a driver's license and do not own a car. Past experience suggests that I don't do terribly well living with roommates. For a number of substantial but not truly urgent personal reasons, I'd like to get myself moved as promptly as is feasible.
Moving to Portland is a big deal for me - I love the feel of the place, and greatly appreciate the excellent public transportation and cyclist/pedestrian friendliness. (I suspect that I'm a city person who has never lived in a proper city.) I am aware that the job market there is horrible right now, and this difficulty is exacerbated by my lack of experience. I don't even really know how to start job-hunting, let alone how to do so in a city I don't yet live in. I have about $3000 in savings right now, but I know that'll dry up fast if I end up renting a place before securing a source of income.
I would, if at all possible, very much like to avoid manual labor or other highly repetitive tasks - past experience suggests that such things are likely to rapidly drive me into depression, and that's something I'd rather avoid. Something where I can help people by answering questions and solving problems (perhaps technology-oriented retail?) would seem to be an area where I'd be both comfortable and capable. Any suggestions for a job at which someone with strong geek(/ADD) tendencies would not feel stifled would be very welcome, as would advice for how to get such a job.
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