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While some individuals are able to make a connection elsewhere in the United States or the world and gain a job or a long term career in New York City, this is not the usual case. It is easier to connect and secure a job in the city if you know someone living and/or working there, or if you move to or already reside there.
Young adults and college students often move to New York with friends or to join someone already there and they may live 4 to a 2-room apartment. Rents are sky high in New York City and young people can often tolerate and even enjoy living together in a cramped style for 6 months in order to find their Dream Jobs,
Older people may have difficulties moving to New York and trying to find 3 roommates, though. When people hit middle age, young and old alike look at them askance and seem to be thinking, "What's wrong with them that they are uprooted and drifting like this? Can't they hold a job or were they downsized and have no useful skills? Are they running from the law or creditors? Are they irresponsible drifters? Do they have Severe Mental Health disorders? Are they "con men"? It's true. For a time, when I received an application in the HR department from someone over 35 for a burger flipping job, my first reaction was, "What's the problem?"
Overall, I hear repeatedly that is is hard to find a good job anywhere and that if you're 17 you're too young and if you are 35, you're already too old. That's only a short 18-or-17-year career before one needs to freelance or start a business of one's own. The Baby Boomer retirement phase-out is leaving unfilled vacancies that should peak around 2012-2022 or so and that will open up more jobs for the young, those 35 and over and also for retirees that want to return to work or not retire in the first place.
However, any individual must sell themselves to a potential employer and make themselves appear to have no age-related issues, especially lack of fresh thought, refusal to take direction, and decreased productivity. This may be more difficult in New York City,since there is high competition for jobs and livelihoods.
I will never forget my visits to the city in which I saw trash collected every day of the week and McDonald's trash bags were piled out front by the curb to the height of 8 feet! There is plenty of business in the city and ample opportunity for work. even if you must accept a "survival job" until you can get something better.
One of the best plans is to obtain a 9-month or 2-year nursing certificate or LPN and then go to New York City as a travel nurse if and when there are openings, and there should be plenty. You will work anywhere from 12 weeks to 1 year and your rent and many benefits will be paid for you! There is no limit to the possibilities for you in this scenario.
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