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Would you take this job in Los Angeles?

by tom44 on May 13, 2014

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Question by Mark: Would you take this job in Los Angeles?
I live in Cleveland Ohio and lost my job here on January 31st of this year. I have not been able to find another here. I was offered a job in Los Angeles but my wife refuses to move. I also have two little girls ages 7 and 9 who definitely don’t want me to go. The pay is 30% more than I was making but the average rental price in the area is almost 1500 a month. So I will be maintaining two residences. The company will provide lodging there for one month and will allow me to return here one weekend a month at my own expense. (I will get one friday off per month). I am waiting on the results of one interview here and have another on Monday. But that is the day I am expected to start in Los Angeles. Would you take the LA job since it is for sure or would you try to stay here and hope for the best so you could stay with your children? I am really hurting trying to make this decision and any input would help. Thank you!

Best answer:

Answer by Allen Iverson
If you don’t have a job in Cleavland and you can’t find one in Cleavland, then I think it is a great idea to move to LA. The weather is beautiful, and you will be getting 30% more pay. The down sides to LA are, there are too many damn liberals. Even though you will be getting payed 30% more, cali is really expensive to live in, high cost of living (highest in the U.S.), and high state and sales taxes.

PROS:
Great weather
Great variety in topology (mountains, marshes, plains, coastline, deserts, etc.)
Great people (high diversity, laid back)
Great business/job opportunities for skilled work
Great universities
Lots of cultural things (symphony, theater, cinema, museums, etc.)

CONS
Crowds in the desirable parts
Traffic on the freeways and streets
High cost of living (highest in the U.S.)
High state and sales taxes
High violent crime rates in some cities
Poor public schools, perpetuated by a strong teachers’ union and low funding
Poor infrastructure (roads, power lines, bridges, ….)

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3 thoughts on “Would you take this job in Los Angeles?

  1. Tony says:

    don’t lose your wife and kids for a job, you will regret it

  2. Rachel says:

    I would take it yes you will miss you family but you will be helping them because you are making more pay. You have to do what is best for you and your family Everything has its pros and cons. I would pray on it. Later on your family will appreciate it. They will remember how hard you worked and be forever grateful. You will not lose your wife and kids they will be there for you when you get home. You are very lucky to have a good job offer a lot of people e looking for jobs and have no luck.

  3. Judy says:

    Does your wife have enough income to keep the family going even if it means dipping into savings? Are you in a field with a fair number of job opportunities. even if not in Cleveland? If those are both yes, I’d say turn it down. That 30% increase would go to cost of living even if you weren’t going to have to maintain two residences and incur costs to visit.

    If both of the above are no, you and your wife need to have a very serious talk – she needs to be more realistic. Does she refuse to move at all, or just not to LA or not that far?

    If she has a job that pays enough to keep the family going, maybe that’s the way to go at least for now.

    Good luck.

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