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40isthebetter20
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August 5, 2011 2:24 pm  

Hello everyone! I must say I have really enjoyed reading this message board. I feel much more comfortable about my move in January of 2012. With that said-

I have read that you kinda have to know someone on the island to find professional jobs. I have a degree in Marketing, I am a high end licensed cosmetologist (in TN), and I have also waited tables (fine and casual dining) while putting my self through school twice. I plan on waiting tables when I get there just to have some source of income and networking, however, is there a way to find out about professional jobs before arriving?

Thanks so much for reading. *-)


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603yoga
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August 6, 2011 6:40 pm  

The best thing to do is start talking to people when you arrive--St. Croix operates by word-of-mouth for the most part. While you're in the states, though, keeping up with this message board is a good way to stay in the loop, also you might check career.vi.

Not sure about marketing (maybe try Caribbean Printing and Marketing, I have no idea if they have anything open though), but if you're considering the cosmetology route, I would try getting in touch with someone at Indulgence Spa or Carambola Beach Resort--Carambola is owned by Marriott now so I think they have more of a corporate application process. In terms of restaurants, it's best to just figure it out when you get here--January is a little tricky because season is already underway, but I've never had a problem or met anyone who had a problem finding a restaurant job at any time of the year. There are tons of them, and most restaurant owners have qualms about hiring people who aren't on island yet because there are a lot of transient people in the industry here. However, you can always try. I work in a school now, but I've had lots of experience with the restaurant community on St. Croix so if you have any questions PM me and I'd be happy to give you some insight.

Do you have anyone you know living on island already?


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ms411
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August 6, 2011 8:02 pm  

You should check http://www.career.vi regularly.


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40isthebetter20
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August 6, 2011 8:19 pm  

I do know someone living on the island already. Well, sort of. 🙂 She and I have talked on the phone and texted back and forth. She is a real estate agent and seems close to my age. She has lived there for two years or so. She has been so wonderful and has given me a ton of information and is going to help me find an apartment and possibly a job. She gave me her story on her experience getting down there and it eased a lot of my worry since I'm bringing my dog with me. (she brought 2 dogs, 2 kids, and a husband 🙂 Thanks so much for the info about the website. I will definitly check it out a frequently as I can. I can't wait to move and December/ January can't get here fast enough! 🙂


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Hiya!
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August 6, 2011 9:11 pm  

There is always a need for marketing and sales in the island. The people that do this type of work often come and go. Usually because while it's beautiful here you can get paid a lot more stateside and there's no room for growth unless you start your own company. The best marketing place I know on island is media mate. The also run www.gotostcroix.com, I'm sure you could send your resume that way. 🙂 Good Luck.


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40isthebetter20
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August 6, 2011 10:08 pm  

Thanks so much for the info! Everyone has been so helpful here. 🙂


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40isthebetter20
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August 6, 2011 11:45 pm  

Something I was thinking about- I know that there is the busy season on STX. If I were to work in a salon or a restaurant, would I need to save and prepare for the slow season? Does it make a huge difference financially? Thanks! 🙂


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STXBob
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August 7, 2011 1:06 am  

Businesses with seasonal fluctuations in traffic will usually staff up or down accordingly. If the business keeps you on, you'll probably be OK. Otherwise, save up or work elsewhere. (Or just save up, regardless. It never hurts to have savings.)


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