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Old 06-11-2010, 12:05 AM
 
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Hi,

I just graduated with a MIS master degree in OKLAHOMA. I plan to move to a biger city to find a job. Since Dallas is the nearest big city, I wonder is that easy to find an IT job here? If someone happened to work as an IT stuff, could you tell me the IT job market in Dallas? Thanks.

Steven
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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Hi,

I just graduated with a MIS master degree in OKLAHOMA. I plan to move to a biger city to find a job. Since Dallas is the nearest big city, I wonder is that easy to find an IT job here? If someone happened to work as an IT stuff, could you tell me the IT job market in Dallas? Thanks.

Steven
Well. There are many different kinds of IT jobs from programming, tech support, database design, networking, to enterprise applications and job situations vary depending on area of expertise, experience, and individual connections. My group is hiring but they are not hiring new graduates at all..

Big cities like Dallas and Houston usually have more opportunities but many big companies(for example: IBM) are also building data centers in lower cost areas domestically(near-shore) and internationally(offshore). If you had prior experiences, the IT job market is indeed better than the worst times. However, there are still many good unemployed IT people and HP is still laying off more people. Dallas should have more opportunities than Oklahoma City. But it doesn't mean finding a job would be very easy. You may also check IBM's web site for opportunities at their new outsourcing data center in Iowa.
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Old 06-11-2010, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Hi,

I just graduated with a MIS master degree in OKLAHOMA. I plan to move to a biger city to find a job. Since Dallas is the nearest big city, I wonder is that easy to find an IT job here? If someone happened to work as an IT stuff, could you tell me the IT job market in Dallas? Thanks.

Steven
As someone who's had to interview candidates for development openings, no, it's not as easy as you'd think. There are a TON of people looking at the moment, and 99% of the ones I've interviewed have been woefully inadequate. It's an employer's market right now and unless your interviewing skills are razor sharp, there's a strong chance you'll be passed over.
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Cypress, TX
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You'd probably have an easier time finding an IT job if you moved out of the country, then applied for an H-1B visa to come back to the country to work. From my experience with a few IT companies in Dallas, that's all they seem to hire these days.
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Lake Highlands (Dallas)
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While there are a lot of people looking for jobs in IT - it has been my experience that they have limited skills and want to be paid like a seasoned, skilled pro. I wouldn't want to me a newbie in the current employment market. It's brutal out there.

The IT jobs in DFW are mostly a bit lacking. Not much in the really high-end space. It seems most of that is in Silicon Valley. I'm very lucky to be in DFW, working for a Silicon Valley company. Challenging, high end work never allows me a minute of boredom.

Brian
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:25 AM
 
Location: West Texas
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Right now it seems to me that IT job market is much stronger in Houston area rather than DFW. At least from my experience, because I actually gotten a few interviews with several companies in Houston (no luck though) and applied at a lot more places at DFW and not a single response.

Unfortunately entry level IT positions are tough to land, always were, so I probably wouldn't blame it on economy or outsourcing.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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It will be easier in DFW than most other metro areas due to the high concentration of IT and Telecom companies here. But since the economy is still in recovery, it might not be a cakewalk.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:28 AM
 
Location: West Texas
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It's an employer's market right now and unless your interviewing skills are razor sharp, there's a strong chance you'll be passed over.
When was it ever different? Even during the dot com boom when this piece of s*** city I live in had about 5 times as many IT jobs than it does nowadays, getting that first job when you fresh out of college was just as hard as it is these days. Obviously employers will always give preference to someone with professional experience and who would blame them?
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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You'd probably have an easier time finding an IT job if you moved out of the country, then applied for an H-1B visa to come back to the country to work. From my experience with a few IT companies in Dallas, that's all they seem to hire these days.
It depends on which company. As far as I know, my former company would never interview anyone who is not either a GC holder or an US citizen. But they have off-shore resources at 1/7 of my rate.. My current employer also tries to avoid H-1B as much as possible due to customer requirements. Contrary to popular belief, H-1B would not make it easier to get an IT job. There is one way, though. It was reported that some IBM employees were offered the options to either be laid off or FREE company paid relocation to any lower-cost countries. So if you are willing to relocate to Argentina, Ireland, India, China, Russia, or Mexico, it would be a lot easier to find an IT job.
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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So if you are willing to relocate to Argentina, Ireland, India, China, Russia, or Mexico, it would be a lot easier to find an IT job.

Argentina? Hmmm, maybe I ought to buff up my resume!
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