I can't go home again, but can you help me get to Portland?
February 22, 2012 3:19 PM Subscribe
Please help me devise a feasible plan for relocating to Portland from Los Angeles. Level of difficulty: pretty desperate.
posted by easy, lucky, free to Work & Money (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've been living in the Los Angeles area with a friend since September, and for myriad reasons, will not be able to do so for much longer. I've had no luck with the job search at all, despite applying for 60+ positions.
I am college-educated, though I majored in a pretty niche social science field which hasn't proven very useful as far as employment is concerned. I have a little bit of work experience in a fairly diverse selection of fields (MeMail me for specifics), and I can write a decent cover letter spinning that experience into something relevant to a posting.
I am originally from the Midwest but no longer have family to return to there. As a matter of fact, I have no real support system at all, which is making this process fairly difficult (and really, really contributing to my stress level, which at this point is pretty unbearable - not eating or sleeping unbearable).
I've been emailing with various employment agencies in the PDX metro, and while it sounds like the market there is pretty bad, I think it's likely a bit better than here in Los Angeles.
Here is my tentative plan. Please feel free to critique or make suggestions:
I have a friend in PDX who will allow me to stay on his couch for a week or so while I do an in-person job hunt. At the moment, my plan is to go to every temp agency in town and see what is available. Hopefully, by the end of the week, I'll have something lined up, and I can return to Los Angeles for the weekend, pack up my stuff, and be back in Portland to start work the following Monday. I don't have a lease, and I don't own more than a single bag's worth of clothing, so the moving process itself won't be difficult.
I've also been applying to every Craigslist posting I'm qualified for, which amounts to about 30 applications this week. Nothing is below me at this point, so if you have any other suggestions as to where I should be looking for work, they'd be appreciated.
Finally, I've begun applying for jobs in Salem, as well, with the thought that the market there is probably much better, and I could live there for a few months while saving money for a move to Portland.
So, does this plan sound realistic, or am I letting a mentally draining situation get to me? Am I going to be able to find a job, any job, by spending a week visiting temp agencies? I don't want to do anything rash or unwise.
Also, if anyone would like to take a look at my resume or cover letter(s) to see if there's anything I might improve, let me know.
Thank you so much.