Hi everyone, I need some advice from all good souls out there. I have an offer to work for a firm in New Jersey. The figure they are offering is about $60K per year + benefits. I am based in Singapore now and with my present salary and the low tax rates here, I feel that the US offer is just about comparable. They have indicated that they will be open to revising the salary based on performance within a short span, and I know some of the people there personally so I think I can take that for a fact. My question is, is a gross salary of $60K per year good enough for living in NJ? I have heard that the cost of living is pretty high in that area. Would appreciate your comments as I am quite clueless on the US job scene. Thanks a ton!
Hi First of all my question is whether your company is a consulting company or is it direct offer for you from some company,if you are coming thru a consulting company then make sure that he will place you as soon as you land in US because the situation as of now is very bad and if you are not able to find a job with in a month of your coming to US then you may regret the decision of leaving the job in singapore and coming here.So first of all be clear on this...regarding the cost of living it is pretty high but if you are not married then there won't be much of a problem because you can always share the apartment with your friends but if you are married and if you have some other additional expenses then 60K may not be enough to get through.Anyway weigh all the factors and then only make some carrer decision.But if you are planning to come make sure with your employer that you will have the job as soon as you land in US. Surya
Tony,Surya Thanks for taking the time out and replying. Yes, I am on H-1. The firm is not going to place with me any other firm, they have developed some customised solution and built a market for it over a period of time(2-3 yrs). I shall be working for the same firm. So I am not looking at a fly by nite operator here.(touchwood!) My concern was the salary aspect. Even with the outlook that they increase it after say six months, I was not sure whether it would be enough. I am single, so in that case it looks like i shall have to share an apartment based on what Surya has said. Thanks for your advice. Regards
Meher Sha: Regarding New Jersey. The whole state is expensive - but it gets even more as you get closer to New York City. New Jersey is only about 70 miles across (along the I-78 corridor). It is a total nightmare (takes 2 hours to get across) during rush-hour. Also, you will probably need a car if comming to New Jersey, unless you guys are near rapid transit (both home and work). I agree with Tony. Right now the market is totally saturated here. John Coxey (email@example.com)
Hi John, I was looking at commuting to work using the rapid transit. Will get my facts straight on whether workplace and home are close enough. I hadn't considered that factor. Here in Singapore, every place is connected by rapid transit systems. Got caught up in the assumption trap! Thanks for your advice. btw, I have been reading your comments and experiences in this forum. Its quite thought provoking to go through them. Here's wishing you all the best in your job hunt! Cheers
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