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newbievi
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April 23, 2016 3:43 am  

I did a job search without specifying a location and ended up applying for a job in the US VI. I have now received a job offer after a phone interview. While I'm originally from the Caribbean, Trinidad, I have never been to your islands. The job offer would have me working in a few different locations on St. Croix. As a single woman, not moving with a car, what things should I consider?


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April 23, 2016 7:00 am  

I would consider not coming at all.


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April 23, 2016 7:46 am  

Wow, Cruzaniron that's not very welcoming, to say the least.

If your going to be working in different locations around the island, you'll need a car. If you have a good one, bring it. You'll need dependable transportation.
Public transportation isn't reliable on STT, but I don't know about STX.
Someone else will have to chime in on that.

Bring money to get yourself established, rent: first, last and security is often required, utility deposits and services as your rental may not include those, nor be completely furnished so you may need to buy pots pans, dishware, small appliances, cleaning supplies, groceries, etc. and it all adds up.
Depending where your coming from you might find things more expensive here because it's expensive to live here.

Be specific in your questions.


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CruzanIron
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April 23, 2016 8:02 am  

And research on this page using the drop down menus. All of your question have been asked before.

Who are you working for? What kind of work?


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April 23, 2016 9:12 am  

I share CruzanIron's reaction as the red flags popped up right away. The job offer after a 'phone interview; no personal interview; no prior knowledge of the islands; never visited here; working in "a few different locations" on the island.

I would seriously question this offer and research the person/company involved. Maybe it's legitimate but when it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck ...


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CruzanIron
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April 23, 2016 9:58 am  

Maybe it's legitimate but when it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck ...

It could be a transgender duck?


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JohnnyU
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April 23, 2016 11:14 am  

If that's the case which bathroom would it use?


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OldTart
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April 23, 2016 11:38 am  

If that's the case which bathroom would it use?

No worries - the legislative body will discuss it in great detail, heatedly argue for a very long time and then come up with unsustainable bills addressing it.


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sheiba
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April 23, 2016 2:25 pm  

I got my job via a phone interview with the government. Its not uncommon.


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Pammerjo
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April 23, 2016 3:49 pm  

Wow you guys. Seriously. Wow. So inappropriate.


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OldTart
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April 23, 2016 3:52 pm  

Wow you guys. Seriously. Wow. So inappropriate.

Wow. How so?


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April 23, 2016 8:00 pm  

If you are really coming. I would bring a car and stuff you cant live without . I brought everything except furniture

Dont bring too many winter things.

A lot of places come furnished.


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theresa530
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April 24, 2016 7:12 pm  

Good golly! I've been applying for nursing positions for weeks and not even a nibble!!!


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watruw8ing4
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April 24, 2016 7:43 pm  

Wow you guys. Seriously. Wow. So inappropriate.

I thought so too, But you'll find it's not an uncommon attitude, at least on STX.


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April 24, 2016 8:36 pm  

Theresa: Your experience is much more common than newbie's. The territorial government is notoriously slow to respond, even in high need areas.


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speee1dy
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April 25, 2016 11:02 am  

Wow you guys. Seriously. Wow. So inappropriate.

I thought so too, But you'll find it's not an uncommon attitude, at least on STX.

you do know at least one of those posters is on stt and not on stx, right


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watruw8ing4
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April 25, 2016 3:51 pm  

Wow you guys. Seriously. Wow. So inappropriate.

I thought so too, But you'll find it's not an uncommon attitude, at least on STX.

you do know at least one of those posters is on stt and not on stx, right

Absolutely. Just pointing out that, while I can't say for sure that it's not an aberration on STT, I've experienced it enough here on STX to know it's common.


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April 26, 2016 7:55 am  

Come with a car but honestly if you're just accepting a job after a phone interview at least visit first. You'd want to see who you'd be working with etc. It'd suck to move here and be miserable at a job. It's not as easy to pivot from job to job.


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April 26, 2016 9:42 am  

It'd suck to move here and be miserable at a job. It's not as easy to pivot from job to job.

Exactly why I cautioned as I've been there done that. Mulling over a change, I visited friends who had moved here and spent a few days exploring. While here I was offered a job and, on my return stateside, was offered a great position in a stateside location I wasn't familiar with. Both employers really wanted me and the island employer kept upping the ante and finally, after yards of mulling, I decided on the bigger change for many and diverse reasons and moved here.

The position here was an unmitigated disaster and just three months later I was out of a job, out of a car (the job had provided one), a dog and a cat to house and feed and rent to pay with no income. Employers back then are, as now, reluctant to hire newbies. I was so lucky in that through sheer serendipity I landed a wonderful job after a horrible month of angst - a job that I completely loved and enjoyed for the next 10 years.

I was lucky.


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April 26, 2016 4:49 pm  

This may be a relevant addition to the thread from the OP.

http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2016/04/25/vipd-issues-scam-alert-territory


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OldTart
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April 26, 2016 4:58 pm  

Saw that this morning and wondered it if might be relevant!


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sheiba
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April 26, 2016 8:15 pm  

Sending you a pm.


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CruzanIron
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May 10, 2016 9:05 am  

I share CruzanIron's reaction as the red flags popped up right away. The job offer after a 'phone interview; no personal interview; no prior knowledge of the islands; never visited here; working in "a few different locations" on the island.

I would seriously question this offer and research the person/company involved. Maybe it's legitimate but when it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck ...

Notice that the OP never replied to any post? I think we had a troll.


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