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jake5884
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January 17, 2016 4:56 pm  

Hi, I am looking to move to St. Thomas sometime soon. I need to get away from Arkansas and just need a change. I am looking for rental properties for at least 6 months. I have no particular time table, but just need to get away. I am 31 years old as an alcohol sales rep. I am willing to do anything, within the law, that will help me pay my bills. I have a French Bulldog that is coming with me as well. I am extremely fit as well so I can do pretty much anything for work. I would like to bartend if possible. Could anyone help me with information of finding a job and or housing in a safe area. Also, I would like to have a job lined up before I move just to be responsible. I have been reading and read that coming in May will be off season so hard finding work. If I need to wait please help me with timing to move as well. Thank you for all the help.


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Finatic
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January 17, 2016 5:39 pm  

Finding a job prior to arrival is next to impossible, especially in the service industry. Most on-island employers won't even interview someone until he/she is on island in the flesh. This is primarily due to a high flake factor in people claiming they are ready to make a move.

You should move here with enough money to support yourself for at least a few months. You are right that May is the start of slow season and it could be difficult to find work. Move down, find a temporary place to live (more challenging with a dog but not impossible) and start networking. Once you meet enough people it will be easier to find something.


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jake5884
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January 17, 2016 6:18 pm  

Should I wait until on season to move down. I heard it is easier to work with apartments and rental rates in off-season.


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Finatic
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January 17, 2016 6:26 pm  

I would ask that on the other discussion thread you have started so it's all in one place. No need to have two.


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OldTart
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January 17, 2016 6:33 pm  

Have you ever been here? You've received some really good advice overall so far and I'm not sure what else can be said. Don't slough off what's been said - the negatives are being stressed as many of us have seen hundreds of people such as yourself come and go over the years and the reality of living here is very far from the perception that most have.

You do know too that you may not be able to fly with your French bulldog? There are restrictions on all pets during the summer months and special restrictions and bans year round where certain breeds are concerned so you should check very carefully if you decide to bring your dog (which I've already advised against on your other thread).

IF you have solid experience bartending your chances of getting a job are better end of October/beginning of November when owners start staffing for season.

PS: As I suspected, bringing your dog may not be an option period. This is one of many similar articles noting that bulldogs of all breeds are on the "no fly" list of all the major airlines:

http://blogs.webmd.com/pet-tales/2011/04/is-your-dog-on-the-no-fly-list.html


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specialk
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January 17, 2016 6:49 pm  

Should I wait until on season to move down. I heard it is easier to work with apartments and rental rates in off-season.

I suggest moving down before high season. Find a place. Get settled. And start meeting people (networking). When businesses start posting openings for busy season you'll be that much more established.


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speee1dy
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January 18, 2016 10:37 am  

you might want to check if your breed of dog is able to fly on the planes. some breeds are not allowed, i think at least on american


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OldTart
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January 18, 2016 11:03 am  

you might want to check if your breed of dog is able to fly on the planes. some breeds are not allowed, i think at least on american

See my post yesterday.


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SausageInTheCan
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January 18, 2016 11:47 am  

You are not going to be hired off island. It's a catch 22. Get here early and find an apartment and car but no jobs. Get here later and find a job but no apartments or cars available.
If you have never been here before or vacationed here and think it's a great idea then think again. There's a thousand more questions you should be asking but you're not. It sounds like you're running away from something. If that's the case it's a very bad idea.


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speee1dy
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January 18, 2016 12:43 pm  

just noticed that you posted the same.


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Spartygrad95
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January 18, 2016 12:44 pm  

You are not going to be hired off island. It's a catch 22. Get here early and find an apartment and car but no jobs. Get here later and find a job but no apartments or cars available.
If you have never been here before or vacationed here and think it's a great idea then think again. There's a thousand more questions you should be asking but you're not. It sounds like you're running away from something. If that's the case it's a very bad idea.

For the most part this is true. There are exceptions. I was hired off island. I came here with only having been her 8 hours on a cruise ship stop. I am definitely the exception though.


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