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    Default How easy is it to find work in the US?

    Well, basically, what the thread title says. Is it easy to find work in the US during the summer? Obviously there will be differences across the country, but in general, what is the current state of affairs? I'm talking about any kind of jobs really, bar/hotel work, etc.

    Basically, there are feck all jobs here, so me and a friend are thinking of heading to the US for the summer, and then heading on to Canada later on in the year.

    And if this fails, I plan to go to Australia to burn alive or die at the hands of the giant spiders.

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    If you get in early, jobs can be pretty easy to get just before summer, especially in tourist locations, like beaches n such.

    Granted, these jobs don't usually pay very well and have awful hours.
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    Are you planning on getting a work visa, or working under the table? With the former, best of luck. It's next to impossible to get a work visa for that kind of work. If you're cool with working under the table, that's good because it's probably your only hope. You won't make much (but in bartending, most of what you make is in tips, anyway), but you could probably find work in some small bar in a touristy area in the summer.
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    Apparently a lot of Irish people in their early 20s work in the New Jersey-shore region over the summer doing service/hospitality stuff (bartending, waitressing, ect) due to the massive influx of tourists there is a high demand for that sort of work.

    Its not crazy difficult to find a service type job; but as llamas said: its easier to find earlier rather than later in the summer.
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    I'm not too sure of the process at the moment, but I'm presuming working under the table would mean not getting a visa at all?

    The start of the season would be may or June?

    My brother worked in wildwood in new jersey for a while at a really shitty job, but from the look of his apartment, it seemed he was having a pretty good time anyway. I wouldn't mind what I did so long as I had fun the rest of the time and met some cool people.

    I guess I'm just depending on my friend really, I doubt I'd go over by myself unless I was planning on going longer than the summer.

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    I am not sure what part of the country you are planning to go to, but here in Vegas, the job market is horrible. There are people that make more begging for money on the street than at some jobs. Even with all the hotels and such we have here, there are so many people, legal and not, that come here that the job market is just saturated. I have specialized in the pharamceutical industry and have had my job for many years. We are slated to get two new waterparks that are opening this summer if you can find jobs there. However, this state is really cracking down on non-citizens and you would have to have a work visa to get many jobs here.

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    Late April or early May at the latest in the touristy areas. I was at the beach last April and everything was starting to open back up for the summer and was hiring. I imagine those jobs got gone pretty quick.
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    Oh yeah, for summer jobs, you gotta find work by late April, maybe early May.

    If your brother had some summer work for a bit, you might ask him about visa stuff. I can't imagine it's an easy process to get a work permit for that kinda work. I mean, you can legally visit the US for three months without a visa, but you can't legally do any work unless you get a work permit -> visa.
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    I know that for some countries, in France, you can have a special sort of visa, allowing you to work and to travel. It's for young people under 30 and it's pretty easy to get. It comes from special international conventions between France and the said countries.

    I know you're Irish (you are, right ?) but I'm telling you because this is a really unknown thing here so I'm thinking that maybe, you have the same sort of stuff in Ireland and don't know about it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    And if this fails, I plan to go to Australia to burn alive or die at the hands of the giant spiders.
    Nobody's died from a giant spider since like the 30's, and if you're healthy and young the heat probably won't kill you, even in summer (no promises though, you paddies tend to drop like flies over here).

    Working holiday visas are relatively easy to get, pretentious faux-irish pubs would fall over backwards to hire a genuine mick, and our award wages for the hospitality sector are far higher than anything you'll see in America. But like somebody mentioned before, most of the money they earn is from tips, so maybe you'd make better money there. I doubt it though, Americans without cushy uni-degree jobs tend to earn dogshit compared to the civilised world.

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