Post # 1
so I am going to attempt to keep this somewhat short 😉
About 2-3 months ago my husband was laid off. He is a computer programmer/engineer. So we have been looking for other job opportunities. He is currently doing some contract work (gets paid a large lump sum as soon as he completes his project). This would be a great opportunity for us to move to Chiago, where we want to live.
My current job is the job I started 2 days after graduating back in May 09 (i got so lucky! bad time to graduate). I took the job because it was at this “big” hospital that I always dreamed of working at (pathetic i know :D). Well, I am a computer nerd as well and took a job training/programming for the hospitals new Electronic Medical Records system. In order to do this job I had to get certified which was not easy and a big pain in the butt. I never really thought much about it but I recently found out that my current job/certification is in HIGH demand. Like so high that they will pay you $75-$100 an hour! In the past 5 months, 5 people have left our department to take other opportunities. Some are consulting jobs that require flighing across the US on Sunday and flying back on Friday. I wish I could do that but I am not a traveling kind of gal so that option is out of the question.
BUT…there are also FTE opportunities in some locations that they will also pay you crazy money and you just relocate! A few of those places are located in Chicago Illinois!!! Why is this so exciting?!?!?! Because husband and I really really really want to move to Chicago. For a lot fo reasons really but mainly because Chicago is so diverse. Our Rabbi and friends are up there and they have a wonderful Jewish Community. Unfortunately here in Southern Indiana there are not many Jewish people, let alone a community 🙁
So..naturally we are so excited! After submitting my resume I was IMMEDIATELY (like in 1 day) contacted for an interview. Since we currently live over 6 hours from Chicago we started with a phone interview. Then I was invited up for a onsite interview! and boy was it amazing…everything I asked for and more. I want this job so much I cant stand it! We are so excited and cant wait. Since I have the best luck in the world…the hiring manager had a family emergency the day of my interview and I was unable to meet with her. I was still able to do my other 4 interviews but just missed out on the one i was looking forward to most. This interview was last friday and she is still not back in the office (i hope everyhing is ok with her family!).I am being tortured while I wait until she returns, we have another phone interview and then i wait on the decision.
Since a pro/con list is what i do for everything….
- My references contacted me and said they were contacted by my potential employeer 🙂
- We just bought our first house (condo) in march! there is probably no way we will be able to sell it BUT a close co worker of mine wants to rent it! amazing! she is responsible and has stable income! she is very serious! she is just waiting on if i get an offer. this is a great investment opportunity for us
- We will get to raise of children in a Jewish Community
- We will be close to temple! We can walk to temple!
- I will live in the weather I love the most (cold and windy!!!!) No more hot sticky summer days in southern indiana
- get the hell out of my current job (i work like 60 hour weeks and get paid crap!)
- Distance from family
- SO many more job opportunities in chicago! Just in case the economy gets worse.
- With the higher salary that i would be getting, I could work and my husband could be a stay at home dad (he would probably do some contract work on the side too). this way we dont have to do child care!
- With the major pay raise, we could start trying to have kids this summer instead of having to wait!
- We got the 8,000 tax credit, if we move within 3 years of purchase we have to pay it back 🙁 I am hoping we can get this worked out since we will techinically still own the place just not live there. I dont know how this works
- I will have to move away from friends and family (did you notice this is on the pro list too?)
- quiting this job is not going to be easy. since so many ppl have left the dept for other opportunities, my boss is getting pretty angry. I am hoping to not burn any bridges.
- I dont think my family or my boss will let me go without a fight. Leaving is not going to be easy!
So ladies…what do you think. I want to hear if anyone can think of anything to add to my con list about relocation that I am not thinking of? Also, if you have any relocation stories i would love to hear them . Or if any Chicago ladies want to share how they love/hate chicago!
Post # 3
Sorry this is so long!
Also! I forgot to mention…
EVERYONE WISH ME LUCK! 🙂
Post # 4
Darling Husband and I met while living in Chicago. Unfortunately we lived in the suburbs. If we ever moved back, I would have to live and work downtown. If you can make the financials work for you, it is probably the best thing to do career-wise. Hopefully it works out for you personaly as well!
Post # 6
I hope everything works out for you. I was raised in the Chicago area, and it’s a wonderful place to raise a family. There are so many opportunities in the city and so much to do!
Post # 7
I say go for it! I love Chicago! I’m definately a big city type of girl, I hope you’ll love it.
Post # 8
Thanks ladies! I hope it works out too. I am just so inpatient and I cant wait to know what the plan is.
Post # 9
Chicago is a great place to live but I would caution you to keep in mind a few things:
1. It’s quite expensive. Really. We have the highest sales tax rate in the United States – 10.25%. This is for the city itself but the Jewish communities on the North Shore are also pretty spendy.
2. While we get plenty of cold and windy, we also get our fair share of hot and sticky. Granted, this is all a matter of perception! Chicago hot and sticky may not really bother you after southern Indiana hot and sticky.
3. Traffic here is no joke and rush hour lasts pretty much all day. Public transportation is extensive but can be pricey (2.00 – 2.25 per ride for the CTA).
4. The Cubs/White Sox/Bears/Bulls/Blackhawks will eventually break your heart. Or not.
In all seriousness, Chicago is a wonderful place to live. The city is beautiful, we have amazing museums, the food is just…wow and I think people are pretty darn friendly. Best of luck in getting your new job and welcome!
Post # 10
First of all, good luck! I L-O-V-E Chicago. I am not Jewish, but have several friends that are who also live here in the City. It seems that there is quite a large community in my neighborhood (East Lakeview).
That said, I do agree with Ms. Pink Scrubs. It is quite expensive and the traffic STINKS if you commute to work. However, my husband and I live and work in the city and our commute is 20 minutes.
Just curious…..did you apply at another hospital??? (I’m a nurse and hubby is a physician). Feel free to PM if so, I can give you some details about the hospital I work at.
Post # 11
Thanks for sharing ladies! Good advice.
We are very aware of the costs and commutes. The commute is my main concern. BUT I will be able to work one day a week from home! which mean I will only be commuting 4 days a week which makes things better.
Post # 12
I don’t know if I have anything to add to your pros and cons list, but I wanted to chime in with the fact I moved to Chicago in June, 2007, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else anymore. I’m honestly head-over-heels in love with almost everything about the city.
Post # 13
Pros: You’ll be closer to WI! I think we should to a Greater Chicago area meetup! Including WI and the such!!
Pros: Chicago is one of the best cities in the world!
Pros: Can you tell I love Chicago?
Post # 14
@MmeSilverBullet: ha! you crack me up!
@IlsaLund: thanks for sharing! How is your commute? I think that is a concern of mine. I am used to a 15 min commute and I grew up in a very small town…
Post # 15
Congrats on the GREAT opportunity! It seems like your cons are mainly issues with friends/family/coworkers.. lol I would say an opportunity to make between 75-100 an hour is incredible! especially in this time 🙂 that being said I’m from Michigan and boy I would love to have that option! My SO lives in a city southwest of Chicago and let me tell you! I LOVE their neigborhoods and shopping! You might be able to pick a suburb outside of Chicago that would fit your needs perfect!
I am looking forward to moving to IL with my SO next year. I have found many more opportunites out there then I have here in MI 🙁
I understand what you are saying about leaving friends and family, my dad is the only family I have left here but since my mother passed away in 09′ we’re all we have left! I have already heard it from my friends about “leaving” them.. blah..blah.. I love my friends but I love my SO more and my future would be much more successful in Chicago. I would eventually be in a similar situation I am currently searching for a Medical office job since graduating a week ago. I worry also If I find a job breaking the news to them next summer “oh by the way I’m quiting and moving to Chicago in fall/winter” I can only imagine what they have to say. I’ll be keeping that info to myself when I get hired >.> sneaky I know lol
Your exitment jumps from your post and I think the decision you make will be the best and I think it will be a great decision!
Best of luck!