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Old 12-12-2007, 11:16 AM
Status: "Springing back" (set 24 days ago)
Location: Montana
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twin.spin - I feel for you. The only additional website I can think of is www.BetterPrescottJobs.com (broken link). I notice there's quite a few nice jobs on there (depending on what you're looking for).

Old 12-12-2007, 12:39 PM
Location: The #1 sunshine state, Arizona.
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The fact you live in Cottonwood makes all the difference in the world. Most of the jobs are in tourism/Sedona or retail. They are mostly service jobs and they don't pay well. Home Depot and Wal Mart are both in Cottonwood. The biggest employer is the Verde Valley is the Cliff Castle Casino, have you applied there? Not much up here. If lived closer to Phx. you'd have more opportunities.
Old 12-13-2007, 06:02 AM
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Default Where are the jobs?

I take it that you've probably submitted your app at Palo Verde Nuclear Plant? Several factors can keep employers from contacting you. You could be overqualified, simply put. Maybe your salary range is higher than Arizona's economy. This happened to me when I relocated from California to Arizona 30 years ago. Before I became a real estate agent, I was in the legal field and I had to take a pay cut of about $4,000 to finally land that job. It took 5 months back then. The on line job boards are really a waste of time. Did you say you live in Cottonwood? That is probably the biggest problem right there. Try going to the business you would like to apply at and ask for the human resources manager; get right to the source so they meet you personally. Good luck.
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Old 12-17-2007, 01:52 PM
Location: AZ central and noerth
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The fact that you live in Cottonwood kind of eliminates the opportunity for you to find employment at the only nuclear power station in Arizona, which is in Wintersburg, about 135 miles away. With the boomlet of people moving into the VV, I think your other career of refurbishing would be in some demand in the Valley
Old 12-20-2007, 04:35 PM
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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How about your educational background? I decided to go back to school and it has taken me some time. In May I will have my Masters degree, along with my CPA. There are a lot of employment opportunities with a degree. With the current situation all the entry level opportunities are drying up. There are more jobs and fewer people to fill the opportunities that require an education. It will take you some time, but right now seems as if you have lots of time.

If that is not something that you want to do at this time I would try all the help that carreer builder offers, and other services. They can even help you with your resume and cover letter. In this day and age with the computer, many employers want a cover letter and resume that is written to the job you are applying for. I think I have written 25 different resumes and cover letters for myself.

Also like others have said, you may be too far from the action. Not sure where you live inconjunction to Phoenix, but I know where the jobs are. A good way to determine that is to enter the kind of work you are looking for in one of the job sites and see how many available positions that you can pull up for your area. You could then try to see how many there are in the Phoenix area.

I know it is a pain.
Old 12-20-2007, 06:18 PM
Location: Surprise, Az
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I moved here from WI, because of the economy and that I heard the businesses can't find people with "good work ethics".
Although you may be qualified so are ten others. How are your interviews going? Are you "Wowing" the employer...are you convincing them the you would be an asset to the company.

If you have that part nailed down then maybe you are asking for too much?

Good Luck and keep trying.
Old 04-02-2008, 03:10 PM
Location: Glendale, Arizona
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Originally Posted by twin.spin View Post
I moved here from WI, because of the economy and that I heard the businesses can't find people with "good work ethics". Well I've been here for over a year and still no job, despite the fact that I owned 2 businesses for the past 20 yrs, been employed for a company that maintains nuclear power plants across the country. To get into the nuclear power industry requires FBI background clearance, clear physco tests, drug test ect. Plus each power plant site requires that you understand & pass 8 different tests by 80% about nuclear power requlations and safty before you can set foot on their property - which must be learnt in 5 days and passed.
I owned was a remodeling business, which where I used to live has 2 of the projects I remoldeled is on their web site promoting how historically accurate homes are done -http://www.villageprofile.com/wisconsin/elkhorn/elkhorn1.html#homes
(if you want to see the before & after pics, just ask !)
I have put out 1000's of apps and the guy at DES has seen my resume and has no clue why nobody gets back, even for simple warehouse jobs.
Is it a matter of over qualified?
I'm ready to move back to Wi
My advise to you is too go back to your own business. If you are a white person you won't find a job here in phoenix arizona and if you do, your lucky its like winning the lottery, you have to know somebody they cater to minorities here more so than the midwest cause there is more of it here. Its not what you know it is who you know. Its terrible!
Old 04-03-2008, 12:40 PM
Location: Arizona
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The jobs here keep me wondering, too.
Since middle Dec. 2007 I have faxed & mailed plus filled out applications at no less than 70 different businesses from PV to CV. I scored 2 interviews & 0 jobs. I am well qualified for the positions that I've applied for & even decided to go lower than my experience level in some cases.

I got lucky with the job I found. I got referred to the same lady looking for an Assistant by 2 different people. Just plain LUCK.

Jobs here are hard to come by & yet there are still cracked-out looking parolees that can score a job at grocery chains.......whatever.
ARIZONA....I don't get it.
Old 04-03-2008, 10:03 PM
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I can't imagine there are many jobs right now requiring your kind of expertise in Cottonwood and surrounding areas. I'm assuming you've tried applying in the Phoenix area, though?
Old 04-03-2008, 11:30 PM
Location: KY
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I feel your pain. What my thought is if your over 50, lots of experience, 4 yr degree and take a $25,000 a yr cut in pay you still have to have someone willing to bring you in. It's sad but a fact of life. You have to understand that every year there is a huge amount of people getting their 2 or 4 year degree and typically <50. I on the other hand worked full time while I got 4 yr degree. Fact, there has been a major shift in well paid jobs since manufacturing has all but gone away also. Best of luck in your search. Make sure you let anyone you know(networking) what you have done in your life.
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