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Plans you can do in LA

Work

Finding work in LA isn’t tricky, but getting a job that lets you live comfortably may be the problem. Obviously, Los Angeles is an expensive metro where competition in any sector is stiff. So, if you’re planning to work in LA, it’s best that you first move to have a local address and telephone number.

Then, do some research on work job-hunting sites related to your previous job. It would also help if you prime your LA or work contacts before making the trip. Also, make sure to create a polished, attractive CV and cover letter to help you stand out above the other applicants. Expats in LA need to strategize their move because of the fierce local competition and employers often expecting newly hired people to start at once.

Live

Los Angeles is famous for its sea, sun, and stars. Such glamour linked to the city makes it not always effortless for foreign workers to hit on the right spot to live. To start with, it is pricey, being the second highly expensive metro in America. And this is especially true around the central Downtown area, which is mainly preferred by young professionals, and in Hollywood, of course!

As a result, expats in LA opt for popular residential places out of the city, such as San Marino and Santa Monica, among many others. San Marino generally appeals to families who want to live in a safe neighborhood with a top-performing school. It’s also a costly place to reside. Still, it offers terrific scenic landscaping, broad open roads, besides plenty of free green space.

On the other hand, Santa Monica is preferred by beach lovers. It’s also family-friendly, clean, and safe. Irrespective of what you like, be it a one to a four-bedroom apartment, you’ll find it in newspapers, online, or just by walking around. It is foreseen that rental costs will not stay as low during the pandemic, so now exists as a great chance to find cheap housing in LA.

Explore

Los Angeles is a Mecca of sorts to all superficial stuff, such as silicone implants, facelifts, overly sized sunglasses, and fad diets. In reality, LA has much more to offer. It has a true natural splendor, where expats in LA, among many other people, can have a morning ski and an afternoon surf in a day.

You can even explore old-growth woods and desert geysers anytime you like them. From watching stars to sun-soaked seashores to top-notch shopping, LA really does offer it all. And if you are living in Santa Monica, there’s plenty to keep you busy, such as visiting its famous pier. Also, it has every expected urban amenities, including world-class dining and high-end shopping.

Even a farmers’ market is held weekly with locally grown fruits and veggies that mainly draw in expats in LA. Then, there, too, is the well-liked Third Street Promenade with all its entertainment. On the other hand, many people transfer to LA because it’s the world’s entertainment capital. Sadly, most of them fail to find their gold mine or desired fame that makes them head back home. Still, Los Angeles remains drawing talented and inventive individuals, tourists, and expats from all countries. The motion picture industry generates around $34 billion yearly for LA, on top of revenue from its world of business, fashion, dining, technology, science, and medicine.

Others are enticed by LA’s famous beaches and Mediterranean climate. For expats in LA, just like any diverse city, a bit of home goes with you. Perhaps, this explains the influx of racial enclaves in the city, such as Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Thai Town, Koreatown, Russian people in West Hollywood, and British, Australian, and Asian folks in Santa Monica.

What you need to know

LA is a broad-based city where anyone will always stumble on something like their home. It offers a ray of year-round sunshine, comfortable temperatures, a beautiful natural landscape, and many events to keep anyone busy. For some people, Los Angeles remains a complex place to live in with the apparent influence of Latin Americans

This is understandable since the city holds the most prominent Latin Americans out of Latin America and famous LGBT people in America. English is the language most people speak, but be ready to face a slight challenge when communicating with others. Other languages often spoken in LA are Spanish, English, Armenian, Korean, Filipino, Cantonese, Mandarin, and 200+ different languages.

With people coming from 140+ countries, expats in LA may find the city a mismatch of architectural styles, cultures, and belief systems. Also, it’s a city where one needs to have a car to move around while having the patience to bear daily traffic jams. And since most workers in LA work for long hours and commute, spending time with the kids during workdays can be precious and few, primarily when both parents work. It is a relief that there’s a long list of available babysitters, daycare facilities, and nannies to take care of and keep the little ones busy during summer and even after school.

From our community

“ExpatBuddy is an amazing app! Being new in LA, this free app helped me make friends, get advice, and practical tips I badly needed when I was at a loss on how to manage work with a two-year-old baby."

- Olivia S.

“As a foodie, I dreamt of learning more about California Cuisine. So, during weekends, I would spend hours checking out nearby restaurants. It was an arduous pursuit until I found ExpatBuddy! Now, it’s easy for me to enjoy (while scrutinizing) my California cuisine meals, and what’s more, with a buddy to keep me company!”

- Margaretha N.

“Being new to LA, commuting to look for a job can be very challenging. I’m glad I accidentally came across ExpatBuddy that helped me tons in professional networking!”

- Anton D.