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Old 03-09-2012, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Bronx, New York
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I live in NYC, and I have plans to move to Dallas or Plano, TX. I would like to know if the job market is good out there before I make the move. And see if Dallas is the place that I can call my new home.

It's gotten to expensive to live in NYC, cost of living is ridiculous out here. My career experience is Administrative Assistant/Secretarial/Clerical. Basically anything office related. Although I will work in anything as long as it's legal and respectable.

So I would appreciate all the feedback, about the pros and cons of Dallas or Plano.
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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tje employment situation is a bit better than manynplaces but there are stillmany,many folks out of work and there's keen competition for all jobs.
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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A recent opening for a PBX Operator where I work had 1300 applicants. That's a pretty good indicator of what the job market is like in DFW. Administrative is one of the most difficult fields to find a job, especially if you do not have a college degree.
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:55 AM
 
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If you have a chance to watch the ABC show "GCB", it will give you an idea about Dallas culture. A lot of people on this forum are a little defensive because they try to depict Dallas as being relatively non-Southern but it's most definitely a southern city. While it is dramatized for television, there is truth to many of the stereotypes. Dallas is arguably the Evangelical capital of the United States and church life and Christianity is highly emphasized in Dallas. Dallas also tends to be very cliquish as well; it may be difficult to penetrate new social circles as people who attended the same high school or went to college in Texas tend to still hang out with one another whereas in most states, people who were friends in high school rarely still socialize with one another.

The pros include many things. Dallas has excellent schools, jobs and affordable housing. The weather is nice as it has all 4 seasons so don't fear it being like L.A., Miami, Phoenix, Houston and San Diego in which it is warm all year round.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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If you have a chance to watch the ABC show "GCB", it will give you an idea about Dallas culture. A lot of people on this forum are a little defensive because they try to depict Dallas as being relatively non-Southern but it's most definitely a southern city. While it is dramatized for television, there is truth to many of the stereotypes. Dallas is arguably the Evangelical capital of the United States and church life and Christianity is highly emphasized in Dallas. Dallas also tends to be very cliquish as well; it may be difficult to penetrate new social circles as people who attended the same high school or went to college in Texas tend to still hang out with one another whereas in most states, people who were friends in high school rarely still socialize with one another.

This has to be the most inaccurate description of Dallas that I've seen on this forum, ever!
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:05 PM
 
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Have you checked out the Texas workforce listings and other internet job listings, you may have some luck finding a job.
Good Luck.

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WorkInTexas.com Home: Helping Texans Work Better.
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Old 03-11-2012, 01:05 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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I live in NYC, and I have plans to move to Dallas or Plano, TX. I would like to know if the job market is good out there before I make the move. And see if Dallas is the place that I can call my new home.

It's gotten to expensive to live in NYC, cost of living is ridiculous out here. My career experience is Administrative Assistant/Secretarial/Clerical. Basically anything office related. Although I will work in anything as long as it's legal and respectable.

So I would appreciate all the feedback, about the pros and cons of Dallas or Plano.
As the others have said, Dallas is very cliqueish and while the economy here is in better shape relative to some other parts of the US, it is not the best job market in the US and Texas's overall unemployment puts us in the middle of the pack.

Competition for lower-skilled jobs (like clerical work) is fierce. Don't move here without a job.
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Bronx, New York
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If you have a chance to watch the ABC show "GCB", it will give you an idea about Dallas culture. A lot of people on this forum are a little defensive because they try to depict Dallas as being relatively non-Southern but it's most definitely a southern city. While it is dramatized for television, there is truth to many of the stereotypes. Dallas is arguably the Evangelical capital of the United States and church life and Christianity is highly emphasized in Dallas. Dallas also tends to be very cliquish as well; it may be difficult to penetrate new social circles as people who attended the same high school or went to college in Texas tend to still hang out with one another whereas in most states, people who were friends in high school rarely still socialize with one another.

The pros include many things. Dallas has excellent schools, jobs and affordable housing. The weather is nice as it has all 4 seasons so don't fear it being like L.A., Miami, Phoenix, Houston and San Diego in which it is warm all year round.
Thanks for your reply to my posting.
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Texas
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If you have a chance to watch the ABC show "GCB", it will give you an idea about Dallas culture. A lot of people on this forum are a little defensive because they try to depict Dallas as being relatively non-Southern but it's most definitely a southern city. While it is dramatized for television, there is truth to many of the stereotypes. Dallas is arguably the Evangelical capital of the United States and church life and Christianity is highly emphasized in Dallas. Dallas also tends to be very cliquish as well; it may be difficult to penetrate new social circles as people who attended the same high school or went to college in Texas tend to still hang out with one another whereas in most states, people who were friends in high school rarely still socialize with one another.

The pros include many things. Dallas has excellent schools, jobs and affordable housing. The weather is nice as it has all 4 seasons so don't fear it being like L.A., Miami, Phoenix, Houston and San Diego in which it is warm all year round.

I normally agree with your posts, but WTF kind of crack are you smoking?

GCB is a joke. Church is as you like it. My favorite thing about this place is the live and let live vibe. There are all sorts of cultures here. But what the hell do I know...I have only lived here 23 years and traveled in various different social circles.
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Texas
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My advice to you, op, is to get a job BEFORE moving. Also scope out the living situation. It is not as cheap to live here as people think. But this is my advice for moving anywhere.
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