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Old 01-25-2011, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Parker, CO
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I've searched for any related threads to this topic in Colorado, especially recent threads but I'm not having any luck. Those who are in the midst of relocating to Colorado, how did you do it? I'm especially interested in those with families. Given this economy and the difficulty of obtaining a job out of state, it seems darn near impossible. Was a job transfer involved? Networking? Is it your area of expertise? Any words of advice?

Thank you in advance for any words of wisdom and for sharing your experiences.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:36 PM
 
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I got a job with a company that had offices in Denver, waited for an opening, applied for the transfer and let the company pay for and coordinate my move.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:58 PM
 
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I just did it last fall, however my situation is entirely different than yours - it's just me, and no family or other things to consider.......I think that the pre job searching I experienced probably applies to just about everyone, tho: If you are out of state when you apply, you will immediately end up in the round file.....no matter how qualified you are in your profession OR for what you have applied for, there's too many variables that prevent consideration.....

The other 2 things that I think worked in my favor is I am capable of many types of jobs and not just one field, so my search was wider; and my expectations of salary wasn't outrageous....

Would I do it in your situation, as you have described? No......
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:06 AM
 
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We are a family relocating to Colorado. I applied for a job in November, the only application I've submitted. There aren't many specialists in my field, and a lot of work is done by consultants. That's the only reason I can think of why it was relatively easy to get a job. Well, I'm pretty good at what I do :-)
However, we've always been a two-income family, so my husband needs to find a job. I'm pretty scared that it will be difficult, since even though he is a top-notch professional in what he does, his field is a bit more generic, so he can expect higher local competition than what I had.
We have two kids. If need arises, we can live on one income for a while, but we would have to adjust our habits quite a bit. Other options we are considering is him working remotely, which he can do to a degree. Still, I hope he finds a position in Colorado soon.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:21 AM
 
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We are a family relocating to Colorado. I applied for a job in November, the only application I've submitted. There aren't many specialists in my field, and a lot of work is done by consultants. That's the only reason I can think of why it was relatively easy to get a job. Well, I'm pretty good at what I do :-)
However, we've always been a two-income family, so my husband needs to find a job. I'm pretty scared that it will be difficult, since even though he is a top-notch professional in what he does, his field is a bit more generic, so he can expect higher local competition than what I had.
We have two kids. If need arises, we can live on one income for a while, but we would have to adjust our habits quite a bit. Other options we are considering is him working remotely, which he can do to a degree. Still, I hope he finds a position in Colorado soon.

what is your field?
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:26 AM
 
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what is your field?
I'm in IT, more specifically, PeopleSoft technical support and development.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:44 AM
 
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Not long ago, IT people could write their own ticket in Colorado or most other places. No more. I know top-notch IT people in Colorado who are now faced with relocation after their jobs were eliminated. A couple I know who are still working in Colorado have taken what are de facto demotions or pay cuts (i.e., working much longer hours for the same pay, etc.) in order to keep working. Like many places these days, a lot of job vacancies just aren't refilled, so the remaining workforce just has to "suck it up" and shoulder extra workload. Just the way it is. I'm in that situation. I'm now doing part of the jobs of three other positions that have gone unfilled, while still performing my own duties--probably with more downsizing to come. This is happening everywhere in Colorado, both in the public and private sectors. People are working more hours, with less vacation flexibility, often for the same or less salary than before. That's the reality in Colorado now, and I don't see it changing for a long time. And, no, I don't think that is unique to here, but a lot of people here got used to the "easy life" and those days are gone, probably for good.

I can also say with absolute "boots on the ground" certainty that, in rural Colorado at least, the economy continues to contract quite severely. Because so much of Colorado is reliant on public sector employment, especially in the rural areas (the biggest employers in many rural Colorado counties are county government, the county hospital, and the school districts), that will mean that the growing and festering public finance crisis in Colorado will cut even harder and deeper by next year. If fuel prices rise severely as many are predicting to happen by this summer, the tourist industry could face a dismal year, as well. There is already considerable financial distress appearing in some of the ski communities. Not a happy time for much of anyone in Colorado, and probably the worst time to try to relocate here in at least that last 25-30 years.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I plan on just picking up and going. Ive been offered numerous interviews with Judicial Branches, Home Monitoring services, Police Agencies, etc. My problem is, being located in NY, these interviews dont give me much time to get out there (I was just called about another interview but they want me out there January 31st)...

With me though, its just me.. I have a girlfriend but she knows where we live right now sucks and she is lucky to have a career already set up.. She told me if I find a job in Denver then she will consider transferring to the main branch there but I doubt she will ever relocate.

Other than that I dont have much else going for me. Even with Colorados unemployment rate rising I still get more interviews there than I do here in NY
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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I'm in IT, more specifically, PeopleSoft technical support and development.
I'm also in IT. Can we talk via pm I have some questions for you.

I am nearly done with my network and systems admins education(Cisco/Microsoft) but I can still do any tech support role that has face to face, phone/email contact.I have 2 year experience and I will have my bachelors degree in Comp Info Sys about a year from now.I am 22.

Can you tell me about the outlook for someone like myself.I saw alot of opening of things I could do.I will also PM this message to you.Tnx
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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My husband worked for a government agency in California. We kept a watchful eye on USAJobs for about 8 months, applying here and there for federal positions opening up in Colorado. Since he was already a federal employee, he was able to get on merit promotion lists, and eventually made Best Qualified for an agency in Boulder. Because he had the specialized federal skills they were looking for, he got phone interviewed, then was flown in by the agency to interview in person a week later.

We still think it was something of a miracle that this all happened, but it did. So it's definitely not impossible!

It took me just over a month to find a job for myself. I had legal, administrative, and copywriting experience.

The move can be accomplished if you're prepared.
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