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Old 12-19-2006, 07:02 PM
 
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Hi,

I've done a bit of homework. North of Denver is the place to live for me and work it seems (please tell me if I'm wrong). Arvada looks good.

As a former Chicago guy stuck sweating in Fl after leaving the Navy, CO has been my desire for a while now. I'd like to converse with some network professionals (or road bike enthusiasts heh) who might be contacts to meet up with when I visit in March 2007 to do "fact finding" etc. So, details....

My stats:[*]7+ years Enterprise Networking, mostly Cisco designs and implementations. CCNP/CCDP and other certs. Obtaining CCIE R&S shouldn't be too far off.

My desires:

- 30 minutes or less of a commute at peak of rush hour. 45min tops. Most importantly is freely moving traffic.
- An apartment that is new and in the best planned neighborhood. Cost not an issue. Westward Look seems nice, opinions?
- Looking for about $80-85 a year salary (for now). I'm actively looking on Indeed dot com. Any other ideas/websites?
- Mountain views and/or rolling hills

I would appreciate some opinions and maybe some facts if you will please. Maybe I can pick up the tab at your favorite restaurant.

Thanks in advance
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Old 12-19-2006, 07:30 PM
 
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If you had a good clearance with Uncle Sam, it would be perfect for you in Colorado Springs. With so many people needing background checks now, there is quite a backlog to get one. So if you HAVE one that's still good, or a PRIOR one that's easily verified, such folks get hired quickly, and often for good wages, not just by Uncle but also by a small army of contractors that support all the DoD stuff in town. The higher your former clearance, the easier it will be for you.

Not sure of salary levels, but we sure have mountains right AT your door, tons of cycling, rolling hills, flat plains, high mountains, very affordable too. We have a ton of high tech firms here...same for Denver area. Use the Search this Forum tool on keywords Intel or Lockheed and it'll zero in on the postings that list a ton of tech firms.

Good luck to you bud.
s/Mike
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Old 12-19-2006, 08:39 PM
 
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Thanks Mike.

Good point. I've held Uncle Sam's secret clearance up until '98 and I've kept my nose clean since so maybe it cost a lot less to activate it.

I wouldn't mind to work with DoD/ex-mil people since they generally have a good work ethic etc.
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Old 12-19-2006, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Hey there-

On a website like military.com you can get postings for jobs that is DOD work. My husband worked for SAIC and they paid for his clearance. Most companies here will pay for your clearance if they like you in the interview and your resume. bashep
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Old 12-20-2006, 06:08 AM
 
Location: NOVA
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Have you tried dice.com? They have nothing but tech jobs all over the us. Its what I use most of the time......
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:16 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Mike from back east View Post
If you had a good clearance with Uncle Sam, it would be perfect for you in Colorado Springs. With so many people needing background checks now, there is quite a backlog to get one. So if you HAVE one that's still good, or a PRIOR one that's easily verified, such folks get hired quickly, and often for good wages, not just by Uncle but also by a small army of contractors that support all the DoD stuff in town. The higher your former clearance, the easier it will be for you.

Not sure of salary levels, but we sure have mountains right AT your door, tons of cycling, rolling hills, flat plains, high mountains, very affordable too. We have a ton of high tech firms here...same for Denver area. Use the Search this Forum tool on keywords Intel or Lockheed and it'll zero in on the postings that list a ton of tech firms.

Good luck to you bud.
s/Mike
Hi Mike,
I'm sorry, can you explain a little bit more by what you meant by Uncle Sam jobs? My husband and I worked for a military testing installation with mostly government employees/civilians than military. My husband is also a veteran and we both have security clearance. Are there military installations or government jobs in Colorado and if so could you tell us which installations and where they are located at in Colorado? We are both looking to mover there and are just trying to narrow down our search as to what city and start applying for jobs! Thank you so much for any help you can give us! It is greatly appreciated!!!
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:25 PM
 
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Uncle Sam = anything Federal or contractors working for the Federal Government (includes DoD).

See: How many military bases are there in Colorado?
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:49 PM
 
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Uncle Sam = anything Federal or contractors working for the Federal Government (includes DoD).

See: How many military bases are there in Colorado?
Okay, thanks a bunch Mike! Merry Christmas!
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