PBs situation is not for several reasons the new normal. He too works in a saturated market. As for the impossibility of moving ... I don't know what to tell you. You look for work online in the national market. You work with placement companies. I googled paid relocation job: http://www.indeed.com/m/jobs?q=Paid+Relocation
Those listings include jobs with the words "paid" and "relocation" somewhere in the copy, not necessarily those offering "paid relocation." The listing for a door person
at a Trump hotel in Hawaii, for example, does contain the words "PTO and paid holidays," and later says "Relocation is not provided for this position from another location." Ditto for the cemetery caretaker
position in upstate New York: "Relocation
expenses are not authorized" but "Experience refers to paid
and unpaid experience."
IOW, the mere fact that the words "paid" and "relocation" both exist in a given job listing does not mean said job offers paid relocation. Thus, the fact that Googling paid+relocation brings up a lot of job listings does not mean there exist lots of job listings offering paid relocation. (I have something similar showing up with my various job-alert ads: I see LOTS of listings for things like day-care worker or home-health aide -- not because I am applying for such positions, but because these are mandated reporter
jobs. I also get lots of automotive-repair ads which mention a 'service writer
' somewhere. Lots of broadcast/video production jobs I'm not qualified for because they have the word "edit" or "editor" somewhere. And so forth.)
As I mentioned upthread: when Jeff and I were stranded, jobless, in fuckballs-expensive Loudoun, and wanted
to move to a cheaper part of the country (after Jeff's unemployment had run out, and then I lost my
job, and our savings account was shrinking by enormous
sums every month just to pay bare-bones basic bills), we did not have the option of going someplace where we could stay with family or friends, and search from there. But we did have the HYOOOOGE advantage of having a bit over $90k cash savings (by the time I thought "We need to GTFO of here") and no debt. Surely, relocation should be easy-peasy under such circumstances, no? No
. Reputable landlords in the places I/we checked would not offer us a lease, not even when we offered to pay a whole fucking year's
rent in advance; they didn't want to rent to a jobless couple with near-zero income.
Granted: we did not check every single apartment complex in every single region of the country, but focused on a few areas (including greater metro Atlanta, where we now live), which met the dual criteria of "decent COL" and "lots of jobs, especially
in Jeff's field." I've no doubt one could counter "Gee, Jen, the reason y'all couldn't leave Loudoun without a job is because you neglected to talk to the manager of the Walnut Grove Garden Apartments in Ames, Iowa; they would've been happy to take your money and give you a lease, or even let you go month-to-month." (Of course, if we lived in Ames I dunno how likely it is he or we could've found a decent job there. Presumably he still would eventually have been offered the position he has now -- and in retrospect, it would've turned out that moving to Ames and then to Atlanta cost more money than what we actually spent to stay put in Loudoun and then move to Atlanta from there.)
Luckily, after two long years of being out of work, Jeff did get a job offer, in Atlanta, before our money ran out or even came close to it. But had he not ... (shudder
). Then, once we were destitute, we could've been criticized because "Gee, the reason y'all are broke is because you stayed in fuckballs-expensive Loudoun County after Jeff lost the job which was the only reason you moved to that overpriced yuppie hellscape in the first place. Why the hell didn't y'all leave
and go someplace cheaper when you still had the means to do so?" Because even with relatively enormous resources that put us far, far
ahead of most unemployed couples, it's not remotely
as easy as just "Pack up and move." Not even when you have
the funds to do so, and many people do not.
And Jeff, unlike me, works in the sort of field where hiring from out of area is
the norm. (We had to pay our own relocation costs, though fortunately we still had money enough to do that, and could deduct those moving expenses off our taxes -- which we could not
have done, had we moved for any reason other than "We have to move to take this-here job offer." Moving expenses to Atlanta were deductible, but moving expenses to Ames, Iowa would not have been.)
EDIT: Plus, in my own personal case, my complaint is not "Out-of-area jobs in my field don't offer paid relocation," but "out of area jobs in my field don't want anyone who needs to relocate, even at their own expense; they want to hire someone already local." That's true for various gigs in my field, which is "skilled" and requires an actual college degree and experience and etc.; no doubt it's even worse
for someone doing "unskilled" or "low-skilled" work. If you're someone who's looking for a job as a waitress or a receptionist or a filing clerk, or even someone looking to sign on with a temping agency to make some cash while looking for something more permanent -- good freaking luck
trying to find a job in a given area while you live someplace far, far away. I doubt it is "impossible," but it's very
difficult even if you have
money to cover moving expenses and rent and other living costs until you get your first paycheck.
"Myself, despite what they say about libertarians, I think we're actually allowed to pursue options beyond futility or sucking the dicks of the powerful." -- Eric the .5b