Where do I start??
Well, I'm geared up, ready to move, have the funds saved back, plan on putting all my furniture in storage and renting a small place in St Thomas that's furnished, but have no idea where to start. I'm moving with my fiance and she currently works for the Hilton, so I don't see her having a problem finding a job. I do insurance, but don't think there is much options for that there. Would love to bartend, plan on getting TABC certified before the move, but don't really have any experience although I'm a quick learner. Or, just looking for a good paying job, have 7 years of management experience over underwriting / sales. I have no idea where to even begin to start looking for a place to live. Should I just show up and rent a cheap place until I find something? I'd like to buy a car when I get there and get rid of my current vehicle due to the shipping costs, but need to work the timing out just right. We've been preparing for this for about 5 months now and plan on trying to make a move in Nov or Dec. Any suggestions on how to get started, what to bring, living, job, etc? Are roommates a good option? Is it easy to find a job? What jobs should I search for that will pay my bills? Does bartending/waiting do well due to the tourism? Any suggestions would be extremely helpful. Thanks.
What does TABC certified mean? Finding cheap in St. Thomas, in November, won't be easy. Also, what is your definition of cheap? I think the Marriott Frenchman's Reef Hotel is owned my Hilton. Somebody will correct me, if I am wrong. Either way, you are right, she will find a job easily enough, maybe not the money she is used to! I sometimes see ads for insurance people. Probably all you would need is to update your license to VI, and you might find something in you field. Lots of bartending jobs in season. Most want experience. If that TABC thing has to do with bartending, that's good, but nothing works like experience. Some will take you on though, if the attitude, personality, etc. are right. Most will try out a new server, and maybe you can work up (?) to bar. Bartenders and servers usually make really good money.
The clothes you need will depend on the jobs, obviously. Most places are way more casual than stateside, but if you are going to be interviewing, especially for insurance jobs, a coat and tie would be good. For bar jobs, do wear long pants and a collared shirt. So, just be prepared, but plan to live in shorts, including a lot of the casual jobs.
You don't want to get off the plane with nowhere to go. Line up something before you get here. You can find temp housing on the classified board on this site. Can you girlfriend get an employee discount at Marriott (assuming it is owned by Hilton)? I have a one bedroom in Red Hook (great area for seasonal jobs!). I don't usually offer it short term, but might consider a couple of months. It becomes open November 1, so the timing would be good. No pictures, at this time, but you can go to my website, http://www.virginislandsrentals.com . There is a good description on there, and there are pictures of other units in the same complex, so you can get an idea, at least.
A good way to get specific info is to use the search option on this board. Just type in the subject, and be sure to change to a year out, and you will get more answers than you can read! Happy searching!
Have you done a PMV? Very important!!
Hilton is owned by Hilton, Marriot is owned by Marriot. They are different chains. No Hilton's in the USVI.
I do believe both Hilton and Marriott can be either owned by Hilton or Marriott, respectively, or they can be franchised, in which case they are owned by individuals (usually consortiums). I used to be very conversant with who owned what, but I have been out of the business for a long time. So, I really don't know if the Marriott on STT is corporate or franchise. They are quite often very "inter-mingled", for lack of a better word. I worked for a company that owned a Marriott, a Sheraton, a Ramada Inn, a Comfort Inn and a couple of no names, all at one time. Like I said, loooooong time ago. It could all be different now.:-)
Marriott is owned by Diamond Rock Hospitality Group----an investment company run by ex marriott execs.
pre move visit - i asked the same thing when i joined the message board