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Old 12-28-2014, 07:51 PM
 
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Hello,My family and I are thinking about looking to Texas as a place to move.

We are looking to Plano or McKinneyas possible places. I have an MBA and a BS in Accounting; what is the job market like down there?
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Old 12-28-2014, 09:00 PM
 
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Find the job first unless you want to drive a potential 2-3 hours per day. Mileage doesn't count, it's 2-3 minutes PER mile in rush hour traffic. My 35 mile commute takes 60 min in the a.m. and closer to 90 min. in the p.m. Rent somewhere central if you have to move before finding a job.
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Old 12-28-2014, 09:07 PM
 
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^^^ This. DFW has more people than the entire state of Arkansas. Get a job before moving else you may end up hating your commute and blame the city.
Also, depends on where and how (PT, FT, exec, etc.) you got your MBA. If it is not top 10 then Texas schools will have a leg up in general. Job market is good but there are plenty of MBA types...
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Old 12-29-2014, 12:25 AM
 
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I will be talking with a head hunter tomorrow who has asked me if I have interest in moving there or California
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Old 12-29-2014, 06:14 AM
 
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Good Luck .

If you are considering California then commute shouldn't be a factor while comparing. I have lived in California for a while and any major cities would have bumper to bumper traffic in rush hour. It would take me 45 mins to get to a place which was normally 20 mins away. Plus, the cost of living is far more compared to Texas. Weather ofc is a winner in CA , much more predictable than Dallas.

As the others said, it would be a good idea to rent before you make a decision so you can get a feel of a normal day , in either of the 2 states .

Good Luck !
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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^^^ This. DFW has more people than the entire state of Arkansas. Get a job before moving else you may end up hating your commute and blame the city.
Also, depends on where and how (PT, FT, exec, etc.) you got your MBA. If it is not top 10 then Texas schools will have a leg up in general. Job market is good but there are plenty of MBA types...
More than TWO Arkansases. (Plural? Arkansaws?)

Less than 3 million in Arkansas, over 6.5 million in DFW.
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Old 12-30-2014, 07:45 AM
 
Location: mckinney
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I live in McKinney and work in Plano. I take HWY75 everyday to/from work. It is about 20miles and my commute is around 30-40mins but I leave the house at 6:30am. If I left any later it would be 45-50mins.
Traffic is pretty bad here, but I would think Cali is worse?
In my commute, I only have to slow down, I never have to drive in bumper to bumper traffic stop and go. Again, I am in Collin county and I drive on HWY75.

good luck!
J
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Old 12-30-2014, 08:16 AM
 
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First find a job then look for housing but if you need a base for job hunting then go with Plano as it is a central location.
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:15 AM
 
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Also, depends on where and how (PT, FT, exec, etc.) you got your MBA. If it is not top 10 then Texas schools will have a leg up in general. Job market is good but there are plenty of MBA types...
I'm interested if you could elaborate on your first hand experience with this statement. Are you a hiring manager? Are you a MBA who has experienced this observation?
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Old 12-30-2014, 12:18 PM
 
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Not sure if T1 MBA is an absolute requirement if someone doesn't have a Texas school MBA. Experience matters more, based on when I was interviewing down here. I came from the northeast, did all my iviews via telepresence and all of the iviews focused on experience vs. just where you got your MBA from.

What kind of experience do you have..under 3 yrs or 5+? Finding a job in corp. finance is easier with a non-T1 degree in general if you have experience.
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