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Old 11-28-2011, 01:58 AM
 
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Hello:
I am considering moving to Dallas from Chicago in the next 4 or 5 months. The job market in Chicago is horrible and I am looking for a new start. I have some family there but do not plan on depending on them for much help.

I would like for some current Dallas residents to give me a little insight on the job market. Are there relocation specialists that can assist me with my transition (apartments, jobs)? Or can someone give me a few leads in regards to landing employment?? I have two degrees-a Bachelor's in Business Administration and a Master's in Organizational Management -HR. My background is in county government-circuit court and management.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:52 AM
 
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Just bumping this thread since I'm in a similar situation and would like to hear responses regarding this inquiry as well.
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:01 AM
 
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You would be better off using your own professional network (or LinkedIn, college alumni relations, etc) than trying to land a job with a "relo" service in Dallas or by using City-Data for leads.

You'll need to do the legwork yourself, though, unless you're high enough up to be a worthwhile placement for a recruiter (who gets paid a % of your salary). The job market is probably better than Chicago's - colllege grads are at about 4% u/e in Dallas right now, but competition for jobs is fierce with so many people wanting to relocate to DFW area.

Once you have a job offer, then yes, there are apartment locators all over the DFW area if you want to use one.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:58 PM
 
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You'll need to do the legwork yourself, though, unless you're high enough up to be a worthwhile placement for a recruiter (who gets paid a % of your salary). The job market is probably better than Chicago's - colllege grads are at about 4% u/e in Dallas right now, but competition for jobs is fierce with so many people wanting to relocate to DFW area.
Agreed..Not sure what you mean when you say "high enough", there are executive recruiters and run-of-the-mill recruiters. Most recruiters work on volume with mid level positions as well. I personally do not like dealing with recruiters at all, but would work it into my job search strategy since trying to crack the DFW job market (as you said) is hyper-competitive; so unfortunately they are a necessary evil.
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:37 PM
 
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Agreed..Not sure what you mean when you say "high enough", there are executive recruiters and run-of-the-mill recruiters. Most recruiters work on volume with mid level positions as well. I personally do not like dealing with recruiters at all, but would work it into my job search strategy since trying to crack the DFW job market (as you said) is hyper-competitive; so unfortunately they are a necessary evil.
"High enough" to me means someone who is specialized enough in their field to be worth the financial & time hassle to relocate- whether an external or internal recruiter finds them. Ie, for entry level or 0-5 years experience type jobs, it's usually not worth it to relo someone as there's going to be local recent grads or those with light experience to fill the position.

For a mid (5+ year) career or executive type job, relo's are much more common.
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:41 PM
 
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Find a job first. Recruiters, the quality varies greatly. Network any school alumni connections you have. Then network them again.
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:08 PM
 
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I'd also add that if you've ever been relocated by a company to work for them, make sure that is known to the recruiter, especially if they paid all moving expenses and what not. When I got transferred to FL, my company paid about 40k to move me, packing up the house, storage, car rental, corporate housing, etc. And then I got laid off about two years later LOL.

However, my next job was very interested in that info... they felt that any company that would spend 40k to move me had probably done their research and that I was a hot commodity, even in the current job market. HR even told me as much, saying that it showed that I was probably a very loyal employee.

Do you have any professional associations in the Dallas area?
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:38 AM
 
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The job market for your career ain't that swift in Dallas either. All levels of government are virtually broke.

May I suggest you look out into North and South Dakota? The rapidly expanding job market and influx of new people is stretching government offices and services almost to the breaking point. New government employees are needed to meet the demand in places like Williston, Minot, Bismarck, ND. and Aberdeen, SD.
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