Hello Portlanders! Happy Holidays to you all. I am writing from San Diego and I am hoping you all can help me. I want to move to Portland. (who wouldn't?) I have lived in San Diego for about four and half years. I have been happy here, but I am ready for a change and Portland has been whispering in my ear for two years. Here is my problem: In this economy I am wary of quitting my current job without having another job lined up. Sounds simple, right? I have replied to Craigslist ads, Monster.com ads, and what I have been told by recruiters is that employers won't look at my resume because they see an out of state address on it. That makes sense, why would they want to spend time on someone who may or may not even show up for the interview? However, if I quit my job, pack my 4Runner and drive 18 hours to Portland to hit the streets in new heels to flood the city with copies of my resume then my resume will go in the stack along with all the other people looking for jobs who aren't currently employed and that is the stack that employers don't look at either. So, what am to do?
I am posting here in hope that you who know Portland best can give me a better idea of what would be the best choice.
In case it is helpful to know I am currently an Admin Assistant at an international corporate law firm. I have worked here for over four years. I do a variety of admin tasks but primarily I do accounting work. There is no room for advancement in my office and that is part of the reason I want to move. I have my BA in English from San Diego State University.
I visted Portland last weekend. I had a great time! I went to the falls Sunday morning. The rain held off for a few hours and the air was fresh and wild. We don't get air like that in San Diego. I suspect our 6 lane highways have something to do with it. I also went rollerskating at Oaks Park. I haven't skated in 16 years. The only thing I could think was, "If I fall I am going to break a bone, or all my bones, and then I won't be able to move until next year. Don't fall, don't fall, don't fall!" I didn't fall. In fact, I am pretty impressed with how well I did. I don't know that skating is going to replace yoga as my daily workout, but I definitely want to go again soon.
Ok, now I am rambling.... any advice you could give me regarding the job search would be greatly appreciated. I need the adventure of a new beginning--- that's my Christmas wish.
Merry Christmas Portland.