My fiance and I will be moving from Bermuda to the U.S. sometime next year after we are married. She is from Trinidad, and is a ACC chartered accountant with a MBA. I am from Michigan and do a hodge-podge of I.T. ( Lotus Notes, web development, lightweight project management / business analyst, I.T. management ). Due to our parents / family being in Trinidad and Michigan, and the fact that we like mild weather, we think the best place to live is somewhere in the middle ( Raleigh / Miami / Knoxville / Fayetteville / Houston ). We would like to buy a house, we would like to start a family, we would like promising careers, etc. etc.
So, how do we approach this? We want to make smart decisions. Do we pick a place to live and then finds jobs, or do we look for jobs and let those jobs determine where we live? Remember, we are in Bermuda, so skipping out of work for a few hours for an interview is not a possibility. Our finances are in order so we could, although we don't want to, live without any income for 6 months. Because we would be coming back to Bermuda with essentially our bank accounts, we will need to find careers, a place to live, cars, friends, furniture, a dog, etc. etc.
So.....how would you go about finding a great place to live and a great career simultaneously. What comes first and how would you go about it. Is the internet ( Monster / Hotjobs ) really a good tool for finding jobs these days? Most of our business contacts are Bermuda based which somewhat limits are ability to 'network'. Are the Forbes Best Places
guides an accurate representation of a cities culture / dynamic? Where can we get real testimonials about what it is like to live somewhere? Should we just throw some darts at a map?