Saturday, April 11, 2009

The West

We're visiting Utah and Idaho in late May and early June. I'll try to stop by some places in Salt Lake, Idaho Falls, and Boise to drop off my resume (and maybe some other places in between).
As far as other places to look for work...
We'll seriously consider anything in the West. If any of you happen to know attorneys who aren't afraid to hire someone with good grades from a good Midwestern law school, put in a good word for me. We've made Provo, Idaho Falls, and Cincinnati work for us, and I'm sure we'd be happy living in other areas, especially ones in the West.
But I should probably also try to make an effort to go out and hand my resume, personally, to law firms and government organizations in specific places. And I've got to narrow those places down. I'll probably only be able to fly out to one or two places, outside of Utah/Idaho.
I've decided I'm not terribly excited about anything that's more desert than where I grew up. My first reaction, at the age of 7, to the dreary brown that is Utah, after spending two years in Switzerland, was disgust. I still prefer green to brown. So there goes Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Utah and Idaho are acceptable because they're not as hot and because of the close proximity of green mountains--and, of course, because that's where our families are.
April doesn't like rain, which means Washington and Oregon are out (along with, unfortunately, all of Europe). If I were still single, they'd still be in. And, like with all other states in the West, if I get a job out there, I'm sure we'd be happy living there.
California is probably out, due to the high cost of living, unless I can manage to get some kind of connection hook-up. Two of my uncles lived in the Bay Area, and I worked there for about a year, so that might be a possibility. Still, I'd have to make twice as much there as I would in Utah or Idaho to make it worth our time.
Montana and Wyoming don't have any decent-sized cities, so I'm not going to seriously consider them unless I have a pretty good lead.
That leaves Colorado (in addition to Utah and Idaho). I might see if I can fly out there sometime this summer. I've never really spent time in Colorado, but from what I know, it's not too different from Utah and Idaho, except with fewer church members.
Thanks for the recommendations. I'll keep Albuquerque and Seattle in mind.
Meanwhile, anyone know anything about Boise or Denver?


JorgenMan said...

I fly to Denver every month or two for work. It seems nice, and they have a Ted's Montana Grill. That's about all I know, since we usually continue on to Colorado Springs (which also seems pretty nice).

Warm weather is a big deal for us, so Denver does have that against it.

Tim said...

Colorado Springs also looks like an option, as it's not too far from Denver.

Katrina said...

That would be so cool if we both ended up in CO, after both moving to Cincy at the same time. We think our next move will be to Greeley, CO. Wish I had some leads for you...

Cougarg said...

I liked CO, from my summer there in 2007. Although I was surprised when I found out how far from the mountains Denver actually is. Salt Lake is right next to the mountains, but Denver seemed further from the mountains than Salt Lake is from the Ohquirr(sp?) mtns. And I just spent practically all my time in the suburbs inside houses and driving around subdivisions. I've got a friend from school that lives up in Boulder, and she absolutely loves it. It sounds like it is much closer to the mountains there. I don't know what the market for freshfaced lawyers is like there though.

Jason, Becca and the three Kneefights said...

I know my dad's always wanting to hire someone with ingrained work ethic and integrity. He says he figures he can teach the rest of what you need to know, but not those. Ann K. worked for him for awhile, too, if you need to know how he is to work for. Good luck!

Woodine said...

I love Colorado ... there are lots of good places to live there. Like anywhere, you have to do your research. There are suburbs of Denver I would not live in, and others that are great. I love where I grew up (north of Denver) but the springs are pretty too. Boulder is super expensive and very granola - but if you're into that, then it's a beautiful area. The mountains aren't quite as close as Provo, but Rocky Mountain National Park is breathtaking. And I grew to love the plains too. I still feel like coming home when I visit. I love to be able to see farther - the sky just seems bigger. But like I said... I'm biased.