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Old 07-29-2013, 10:25 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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bchris, I think it may be helpful if you mention what your career is and what position you want.
There are folks here from all over the country and world. They may have a lead.
OKC? Been there. Wouldn't really want to live there either.
They do have a good Japanese restaurant though. So, not all negatives.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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I have given your situation some thought. I want to encourage you to visit Norman first, to see if you would be happier living there. And instead of waiting for things to improve in Charlotte, I suggest you either get a a master's where you are now, or obtain some of sort of certification that puts you in a better place than you are now.

I don't see how you can ever compete in Charlotte unless you can offer something unique and special. I don't know your field, and so I can't recommend anything. But I imagine there is an outpost of OU in OKC, and perhaps they have a masters program that would give you an edge. If your field is highly technical, then perhaps a certification program would be best.

It would be helpful if you could use your new knowledge at the job you are at now.

What I am suggesting is that you need to have a plan beyond waiting it out in OKC until Charlotte becomes hot enough to need people in your field. You have figured out that your undergrad work is not enough as it is to compete in larger markets, so get yourself something that will allow you to compete.

Since you have no dependents, you should be able to concentrate on positioning yourself for a better future.

Life is not fair. Sometimes people have to work harder for recognition than others. So, you make your opportunity. Make a plan.

Good luck!
Good points.

One thing I want to point out though is what killed my prospects in Charlotte was not a poor degree or poor skills, but a termination I had back in 2009 (was young, stupid). The market was too competitive for somebody with that on their record. Had it not have been for that, I could have had a job. I had several interviews but every time it went south when my termination was discussed. My current job hopefully will give me enough experience and stability that I can compete in Charlotte in a few years.

My field is IT/network support by the way.

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bchris, I think it may be helpful if you mention what your career is and what position you want.
There are folks here from all over the country and world. They may have a lead.
OKC? Been there. Wouldn't really want to live there either.
They do have a good Japanese restaurant though. So, not all negatives.
What Japanese restaurant is that?
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:54 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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It's been a few years, but I'm pretty sure it was this one:
Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, Oklahoma City - Restaurant Reviews - TripAdvisor
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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It's been a few years, but I'm pretty sure it was this one:
Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, Oklahoma City - Restaurant Reviews - TripAdvisor
Yeah I go to that one a few times per week. It's good, very comparable to the sushi I was used to in Charlotte. I honestly didn't expect to find a jewel like that in Oklahoma.
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