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How to Move to Miami

Miami – a hot spot for the rich (and those hoping to become rich!) – has always been considered as one of the most desirable locations in the world to live in. South Beach attracts thousands of tourists every year and the up-market residential areas are popular among wealthy business tycoons and the 'retired' rich.

Miami job market isn’t for the faint hearted ...

We often hear about the high society of Miami (and if you have ever watched 'The Real Housewives of Miami' you will know what I mean). The lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous are broadcast in every which way, but the jobs market is kept more under wraps. Why? Well, it's dog eat dog and competition for business is rife, so most people are wary of giving away too much information to prospective job seekers. Research shows that most people who move to Miami in search of a top job actually leave within the first 2 years of relocating, whilst a large majority leave after 5 years. For many, it seems that it is more about who you know rather than what you know to get ahead in Miami.

Networking will get you places

Miami is undoubtedly one of the most difficult cities to master, even if you are skilled, experienced, and have money in the bank! What you need to know is that getting ahead means knowing the right people. You can set up business there, but without the right connections, it won’t get the support it needs. And this can be said for the working professional too; you must have a network of contacts in place before you move there, or at the very least, spend a month socializing and networking at parties, industry events, and charity auctions (you will be surprised how many valuable contacts you can make).

How to succeed in Miami

Job hunt: Ideally, your best option is to job hunt before you move, and have a job lined up. The Miami Herald and online job boards are the best places to start. Get your resume up to date and ensure you tailor it to each job you apply for. In your cover letter, you can ‘name-drop’ if you have been referred to the company or if you know someone of influence in the organization – this will hopefully get your foot in the door.

Language requirements: Although most people (particularly in business) speak English, Spanish is usually a requirement for most jobs and is widely spoken. If you do not have fluency in Spanish and English you will probably struggle to fend off the competition for good jobs.

Financial backup: Whether you like it or not, Miami is expensive. Living, eating, working, socializing – it all adds up! If you land a job that pays you well enough, you will be fine, but if you struggle to make enough to cover your monthly expenses, you will be in for a rough ride. Living in Miami without being able to live the lifestyle is depressing to say the least! Ensure that you have at least 3 months of rent and living expenses in your bank account, just in case things don’t go as you planned.

Look the part: The way you dress, the car you drive, the quality of your business card – it all affects the first impression you give off. Miami is a stickler for first impressions – everywhere you look you will see people wearing the latest fashion, head to toe in designer labels, and driving fancy cars (or being chauffer driven). If you don’t look like you fit in, it’s likely you never will. Invest in some tailored suits, and if you can’t afford a nice car just yet – opt to walk to work (just claim you are a health and fitness fanatic!)

Persevere: Nothing worthwhile ever came easy and nothing great ever happened in a day (well, not for most people!) You need to persevere and keep your job hunt going until you succeed. The Miami job market was affected by the recession, and there was a decline in job postings by 32% a year ago, but this need not deter you. Many people move to Miami every year and make it a huge success.

So, if you still fancy giving Miami a chance; hopefully this guide has given you the right information to give you a good head start on other job seekers.

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