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October 7, 2012 9:51 AM Subscribe
Just how tough is the minimum wages and/or temping jobs market? If I were to move to Chicago tomorrow, how long would it take me to get some sort (any sort) of employment?
posted by geegollygosh to Work & Money (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Obviously this is hard to answer with certainty (and also, I feel like someone must have asked it before, but I did search for similar. Anyway, I am considering a move to Chicago with no employment lined up. How tough will it be to find a job with a temp agency or food service job while I job hunt for something better?
College grad, lots of work history but no retail or food service experience (most of my work history is with nonprofits, kids, and environmental education). In general I'm presentable and I have good references. Can probably swing a few of my past jobs to look like they were 'customer service oriented.'
I have around $3k that I could use to buffer the move if I'm about to starve, but I don't really want to spend it if I don't have to-- I would rather find something within a couple weeks (even if a part time job at a grocery store) that would bring in enough money to cover most or all of my living expenses (probably around $700-800 a month based on what I was paying for the bare essentials last time I lived in Chicago a few years back) while I look for a job that is more in line with my interests. Is this realistic?
My current job is not terrible, but I've been living on the east coast for a little over a year now and eventually I want to relocate back to the Midwest to be closer to family. The death of my car (if I move to chicago I don't need to replace it), the moving away of quite a few friends, and in general the underwhelming-ness of the job I just started has me thinking that now is as good a time as any.
I want to take some time and travel internationally for a few months after I quit this job, so I couldn't line up a job while still employed.
I could live with my mom cheaply while job hunting (she lives about 3 hrs away from Chicago), but I'd rather avoid returning home because I'm worried that I'll end up there longer than I thought and I really don't want to live long-term in my hometown (or with my parents, as much as I love them).
Am I thinking about this in a logical way/are my expectations realistic?