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Relocating to Florida


Anyone with any suggestions on how I may want to go about relocating to Florida? I ask as opportunities seem to have dried up in New England.
I figure I can check Craig's List Florida (which encompasses a few subsections for prominent Florida cities, such as Miami, Tampa, etc.) or the Florida counterpart of MSCPA for positions, but I do not how I would go about explaining this to the recruiters once they see that Massachusetts address.I guess I could post a revised version(s) of my resume on Careerbuilder.com, Monster.com, and Jobfind.com. I suppose I could check those websites, as well as job search sections of Florida newspapers online, and then take a trip down there after having lined up a few intereviews. Anyone know how much a train trip would cost?
As an aside I do not speak Spanish, which would have been quite helpful in restrospect for moving to Florida. Also, aside from the curious presence of the alleged ultraconservative Castro hating Cuban-American population, I have heard that Florida is less intolerant than Georgia, Texas, and other parts below the Mason-Dixon line. Anyone with any thoughts on this?
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Enda

How goes public transporation in some of the larger Florida cities? Is there a commuter rail?
How is the highway system? What about discount stores or wholesalers?
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Enda

"Enda" wrote
Finding a job in another town is difficult, so good luck on that.
You may have to bite the bullet and move first, then find the job.
Most resume's I've received form out of towners indicated they were planning a move first and foremost, and that was the reason for the job hunt. Having ties to the community, even if newly formed, are an added bonus, as well, it provides a certain level of security for the employer.
Yup. Steer clear of smallish towns. Even in Florida.
The mindset is typical. You're different. An outsider. And that holds true for years. I've been in Athens for almost 20 years, and I'm still "not from these parts".
Larger towns, or college towns, seem to be more open, most likely because of the anonymity of the larger towns, or the high turnover of the college towns. Athens Georgia and Gainesville Florida are both small to mid size college towns that are inherently more tolerant than say, Sandy Cross Georgia or Blitchville Florida would be.
Oh yeah, don't talk football or religion, and remove all forms of team affiliation from your vehicle and person.
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Paul Thomas, CPA
paulthomascpapc@bellsouth.net
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Paul Thomas, CPA

"Most resume's I've received form out of towners indicated they were planning a move first and foremost, and that was the reason for the job hunt. Having ties to the community, even if newly formed, are an added bonus, as well, it provides a certain level of security for the employer."
I have an uncle who lives in Florida. Other than that, not much for connections. I feel quite content where I live (and in fact would not enjoy crossing the Mason-Dixon line or relocating to anywhere).
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Enda

"Enda" wrote
But every new place you go, you create connections. People you meet in church, in the neighborhood, at the gym, at your kids school, they all become connections for networking. Those types of networks help you find work as an employe or to bring work to yourself as a self-employed person.
Then why are you interested in moving to Florida?
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Paul A. Thomas, CPA
Athens, Georgia
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Paul Thomas

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