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Old 03-09-2009, 11:53 PM
 
Location: las cruces nm
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i've been planning to get out of this desert rathole called Las Cruces, NM, that i unfortunately relocated to from Bangor, Maine, about 4 years ago, after picking it off a map. I picked Charlotte as my first choice becuase I had been through Charlotte a few times and thought it was a pretty dynamic place although it did appear to have a bit of a traffic "issue." Anyhow, some family members are trying pretty vehemently to redirect me from moving to Charlotte at the present time because of institutions such as Wachovia and B of A having so many problems. I'm a part time art student and in the past few years have worked unskiled jobs including call centers, landscape nursery (you know jobs a monkey can do). I'm not sure I'll be competing with the displaced B of A execs in the job market but wondering if anyone can give me any insight as to whether it's a really grim scene. I kinda got the impression Charlotte was a place you went when you were looking for opportunity but the last time I was there was almost 5 years ago.
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:03 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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i've been planning to get out of this desert rathole called Las Cruces, NM, that i unfortunately relocated to from Bangor, Maine, about 4 years ago, after picking it off a map. I picked Charlotte as my first choice becuase I had been through Charlotte a few times and thought it was a pretty dynamic place although it did appear to have a bit of a traffic "issue." Anyhow, some family members are trying pretty vehemently to redirect me from moving to Charlotte at the present time because of institutions such as Wachovia and B of A having so many problems. I'm a part time art student and in the past few years have worked unskiled jobs including call centers, landscape nursery (you know jobs a monkey can do). I'm not sure I'll be competing with the displaced B of A execs in the job market but wondering if anyone can give me any insight as to whether it's a really grim scene. I kinda got the impression Charlotte was a place you went when you were looking for opportunity but the last time I was there was almost 5 years ago.
You probably won't be competing with displaced banking exec for landscaping jobs, but you will be competing with displaced mill workers.

Calling call center jobs something "that a monkey can do" does not speak highly for your grasp of the job.

You should stay where you are & finish your schooling.
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Jobs here are pretty hard to come by. All the MBAs are now doing those "monkey jobs"...
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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i've been planning to get out of this desert rathole called Las Cruces, NM, that i unfortunately relocated to from Bangor, Maine, about 4 years ago, after picking it off a map. I picked Charlotte as my first choice becuase I had been through Charlotte a few times and thought it was a pretty dynamic place although it did appear to have a bit of a traffic "issue." Anyhow, some family members are trying pretty vehemently to redirect me from moving to Charlotte at the present time because of institutions such as Wachovia and B of A having so many problems. I'm a part time art student and in the past few years have worked unskiled jobs including call centers, landscape nursery (you know jobs a monkey can do). I'm not sure I'll be competing with the displaced B of A execs in the job market but wondering if anyone can give me any insight as to whether it's a really grim scene. I kinda got the impression Charlotte was a place you went when you were looking for opportunity but the last time I was there was almost 5 years ago.
I have to agree with your family - this is not the time to come to Charlotte - ALL job markets are tight - even getting a job at WalMart etc....Sorry. Try again in a couple of years when we get this recession behind us - Charlotte IS a great place to live
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:24 AM
 
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You should stay where you are & finish your schooling.
I agree. Working at a call center actually requires quite a bit of skill in customer relations, patience & understanding being high on the list. Most of the "monkey jobs" are full of folks who excel in those areas or have waiting lists of folks eager to learn another trade.
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:55 AM
 
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i would agree that there are hardly any jobs in charlotte. also be aware of these temp jobs! i used to work for a temp company and what they would do is advertise a lot of positions that they didnt have and tell us to find companies that would hire the new candidates. it was hard because employers werent hiring so its false advertising!
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:15 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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The economy isn't quite that bad. I have a friend who was let go from his job about 2 weeks ago and started at another one yesterday--and he doesn't have this unique, high-demand skill set or anything. I have another friend in Atlanta who started a new job a few weeks ago and was just hired for a part-time job. Granted, these aren't six-figure jobs or anything, but it puts them around the median per-capita income bracket of their respective areas. There are some companies that are still hiring, despite the media bombardment about people who can't get jobs.

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Old 03-10-2009, 06:36 PM
 
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i've been planning to get out of this desert rathole called Las Cruces, NM, that i unfortunately relocated to from Bangor, Maine, about 4 years ago, after picking it off a map. I picked Charlotte as my first choice becuase I had been through Charlotte a few times and thought it was a pretty dynamic place although it did appear to have a bit of a traffic "issue." Anyhow, some family members are trying pretty vehemently to redirect me from moving to Charlotte at the present time because of institutions such as Wachovia and B of A having so many problems. I'm a part time art student and in the past few years have worked unskiled jobs including call centers, landscape nursery (you know jobs a monkey can do). I'm not sure I'll be competing with the displaced B of A execs in the job market but wondering if anyone can give me any insight as to whether it's a really grim scene. I kinda got the impression Charlotte was a place you went when you were looking for opportunity but the last time I was there was almost 5 years ago.

Call Center jobs are what Monkeys can do? I have been working in Call Centers for 10 years, and no, it is not an easy job at all. Actually, I thank God for my customer service skills you know why? Because, I was recently laid off about a month ago, and guess what I got hired today for a new job, where alot of people like my husband could be waiting months and months. So before you call us Monkeys, if it wasn't for us on your cell phone, on your billing for an online purchase, or your new mortgage processed, etc. Try living without us "Monkeys" then.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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I live on beautiful Lake Norman, actually Mooresville, just 30 minutes north of Charlotte. It is great here, jobs are a little tough to get here too, but not out of the question and I can easily enjoy all the activities of Charlotte.
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:16 PM
 
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I live on beautiful Lake Norman, actually Mooresville, just 30 minutes north of Charlotte. It is great here, jobs are a little tough to get here too, but not out of the question and I can easily enjoy all the activities of Charlotte.
Only 30 min North of Charlotte? wow. I wish we had of known that when we visited last year, the source I had showed that Lake Norman was a full three hour drive from Charlotte...
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