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Relocating

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Relocating

I'm trying to relocate to moscow because my wife wants to go home can anyone tell me what the job market for an american is like there?

Thanks

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Unless you know Russian. I would say not so good. I have thought of moving to Russia in the past as my wife is from Roston-on-Don. Every ad that I have seen for jobs in Russia to work for American companies want native born Russian/English speaking people only. You see its not only that you need to speak Russian. But you have to know how to net work with in the (russian) system. You have to have an in. To know people. To know how things are done, and how to get things done in Russia. And if your job has anything to do with the government, (Russian). Forget about it. I'll just say your not in Kansas anymore Dorothy. Also, Moscow is by far the most costly city in the world to live. And that is another reason why you will not get a job working for American companies, they want to pay Russian salaries, not American. So unless she has a free place to live, (she still ownes an apartment or such in Moscow). And has someone there who can net work so that she can get a job herself to support both of you. I would say it would not be a smart move at this time. And with oil prices down, Russia is not doing so well right now. This is my opinion only. Some other people may disagree? Also, If you think American cities such as LA California have traffic promlems, then just try to drive in Moscow. Narrow streets, no place to park. And like new york, many people have to pay for a parking spot. The people drive like they are crazy, and forget about moving at rush hour times. This means using the metro, (sub way). And anywhere near rush hour times? Forget about it. You can not even get on a car, let alone getting a seat. I do not know how long it has been since your wife has been there. But it has changed alot. Good luck to you.

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Hello Paul,

I think that American in Moscow is more expert in this question than me, because he can see this situation from the inside. But I can tell about my colleagues. I have been working at Austrian company here in Saint-Petersburg during four years. 7-8 people from Austria and Germany work with us constantly. During those 4 years some of them left our company because of different reasons. About what I want to say: three Austrian employees decided not to returned back home, but found another job here in Russia. All of them have very good positions. One General Director and two Financial Directors in foreign companies here. I think they are glad. But all of them speak Russian excellent. And they work not in Moscow. And not in Saint-Petersburg, by the way.

Those people who work with us and was hired by headquarter don't speak Russian. It is not necessary.

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> what the job market for an american is like there?

Paul, last time I looked, American was not a profession - what exactly kind of job would you be looking for? As for being fluent in Russian - it does not seem to be a requirement for many managerial jobs in international companies around here. My wife happens to work for a French logistics company in Moscow, and they have a lot of French people here who don't speak any Russian. I would suggest you approach an American company fitting your skills profile that has an office in Moscow and tell them that you would like to work in their Moscow office.

Good luck!

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Thank you all for your coments. I am a truck driver by trade and im in school for computers.

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> I am a truck driver by trade and im in school for computers.

Paul - I think it would very difficult or even impossible for someone not fluent in Russian to get a job of truck driver or computer specialist/programmer here. As for trucking, of course you can buy your own truck but you will meet a hell of a competition from local guys, who, by the way, do not really make a lot of money here - barely enough to make ends meet.

Earlier I said that being an American is not a profession - but, come to think of it, there is at least one field where your being native English speaker can give you a great advantage: teaching English language to Russians! Of course, most reputable schools will ask for a teacher's diploma, but I have an impression that many smaller private schools would gladly employ any literate native English speaker, at least for trial period to see how it goes.

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