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Old 03-29-2012, 07:37 PM
 
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How is Charlotte and it's surrounding areas for entry level work? I graduated college with a History Bachelors, and have very little real work experience aside from 4 years working in Korea as an English Teacher (I don't have a US teachers license, so that's a no go), and various retail jobs during HS and University.

I lived in Charlotte for a few years in elementary school and loved it. I'm currently in Ohio, which I hate and have few work prospects. I'm pretty open to any type of entry job, aside form pure commission sales positions. I'd also consider Raleigh or other NC cities.

I hear the area is booming, but would like the perspective from someone actually there.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:42 PM
 
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Charlotte is a burgeoning community with folks from all over the country relocating here. I moved here two years ago because of my line of work. The low cost of living plus the economic opportunities make Charlotte a very popular place for scores of transplants. That said, you have to realize that "entry level" work is very, very scarce everywhere nowadays. The recession that our country is going through is the worst since the 1930s and people with lots of experience are fighting for jobs that would normally go to entry level employees. So I would try to find a job first before you decide to pick up and move here.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Charlotte's economy is MUCH worse than the national average right now due to the fact this was the epicentre of the financial crisis with Bank of America and Wachovia both being headquartered here. If you want a career here, have a job before you come. If you don't, you may end up finding something but it wont be the kind of job you want. I've been underemployed since I moved here in 2009 and while I love Charlotte, I am pretty much stuck. Entry level jobs are extremely competitive with thousands of resumes for each open position. Raleigh has a better economy and doesn't seem to be as affected by the recession as Charlotte is. I am hoping things turn around here soon.
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:01 AM
 
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I agree with the above commenters. For every entry level job here you will be competing with hundreds of other people. I live north of Charlotte & this area was hit hard by a couple of large company shutdowns in the last few years so it's been tough.
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:22 AM
 
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This article from the Observer talks about the NC unemployment rate North Carolina unemployment rate falls below 10 percent | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

It might help give you an idea of the job market here. I agree, I wouldn't move unless you have a job secured. I used to wait tables or bartend when I needed quick, easy $$. If you do decide to visit, there are sites that connect you to people who rent an extra room from their homes for $50 - 100/night. GL!
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:22 AM
 
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Just another confirmation of the above. Entry-level jobs are hard to come by and when you get one, the pay is so low, you can hardly survive. My son was out of work as a customer service person for 3 years. Now that he has work, he is making the same wage that he did 15 years ago working for a fast-food restaurant. (he has over 10 years of experience as a CSA).

By all means, have your job secured before coming here!
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:50 AM
 
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Well, that's a bit disheartening. Is Raleigh any better off in this area?
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:53 AM
 
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Well, that's a bit disheartening. Is Raleigh any better off in this area?
Overall, it's bad all over, with the exception of North Dakota.
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Well, that's a bit disheartening. Is Raleigh any better off in this area?
Yeah, Raleigh almost didn't even have a recession in comparison with Charlotte. If the state unemployment level has fallen below 10%, its probably because of job growth in the Triangle and not Charlotte, which is still suffering from the financial crisis.
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