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Old 09-10-2019, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by CCrest182 View Post
Gotcha, but the reason it's so hard to find a job in "the west" is because most people want to move there too. It's a highly desirable part of the country.... and as such, the major cities there are growing at a rapid clip. There naturally will be increased competition, especially in the field of IT, as the west coast is seen as the tech capitol of the U.S.
That's becoming much less a thing as companies/workers find themselves priced out of Northern California and Seattle. Google the term Silicon Prairie and read up on that movement.
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Old Yesterday, 09:20 AM
Location: Mars City
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Originally Posted by kyle19125 View Post
That's becoming much less a thing as companies/workers find themselves priced out of Northern California and Seattle. Google the term Silicon Prairie and read up on that movement.
That's true. And what's worked for recent decades doesn't = what will be the case in future ones. It's more important to look at the trends, than what people have been doing in the past.
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Old Yesterday, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by SunGrins View Post
Your timing might not be good if we go into a recession as some have predicted. Get in the door, even if it is in NJ or some other place, get experience, make yourself essential, ride out the storm. As a new IT graduate whose skills are un-great (but untested, too) you need experience to compete.

One thing I have noticed about New Mexico, admittedly anecdotal and not proveable, is that some employers pay attention if you are moving to the state because you have family or relatives here. I know that sounds weird but I've noticed it more than once. This is a very family focused place and if two candidates are nearly equal, my guess is the family connection tips the scale just a little. Probably not a hiring policy but part of the fabric of the state.
My initial, uninformed, thought just reading your post is that I wonder if New Mexico has a lot of transplants that soon move for whatever reason. So the transplants with family ties to the state are a better investment as they are more likely to stay.
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Old Today, 08:05 AM
Location: Colorado Springs
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Originally Posted by potanta View Post
I actually had Colorado Springs in mind, but I agree with you about that. I've heard that too many people are moving there and fighting over jobs and the cost of living there is going up, because of that. It's becoming more crowded too. I could try Pueblo, which is a bit south of Colorado Springs, but not sure how many jobs are out there. Pueblo is cheaper too.

Also, I noticed that nobody mentioned Reno. Reno is becoming a secondary city. The cost of living is going up there (trapping Californians who are already used to a high cost of living), but Reno is creating more and more jobs. Originally, Reno was cheap and jobs were mostly just retail stuff.
Colo Spgs cost of living index has bumped above national average for the first time since 2000. Yes, its gotten more expensive to live here and yes, our in migration is pretty high. There also are along list of positive attributes that contribute to that desirability for many which is a big part of why it attracts people. Its not the best place for everyone, but it is for many. It also is a primary location for cyber research, cyber security, and government and defense related IT work in its many guises. Are people fighting over the IT jobs, not from what I can see. There seems to be more openings than applicants, but, we also have the overlay of government clearances that can limit who can actually get these jobs. Rest assured if you have the skills, they will get you the clearance. I have several civilian friends who have done this.

Pueblo has been at basically zero growth for a couple of decades. Their natural birth rate is equal to their death rate. Unlike Boulder with its mandated limited growth, Pueblo simply doesn't attract people to it very easily. Its the cheapest CO Front Range city to live in, its is hard core blue collar, and has not rebounded well from the loss of steel manufacturing in the 1970s. Its very southwestern, its very hot. Coming from the eastern part of the country, I'd recommend extensive research in it before jumping in.

But, saying you are in IT is kind of like saying you are in manufacturing. Its a broad brush that has A LOT of nuances that can heavily influence which specific niche markets are highly profitable or saturated with people.
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Old Today, 08:07 AM
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Everyone in this thread please keep SLC out of your recommendations in the future. The LDS are scary, we have inversion, and we’re full.

Keep this as the MO.
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Old Today, 08:17 AM
Location: New Orleans
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I know you're looking out west but I'd take a look at Chattanooga- lot of new tech stuff booming up around there and it is really turning from old industrial town to hipster tech uni town. It is also pretty along the river there and nice mountains. Out west I'd say Scottsdale has a decent tech scene that is a bit cheaper compared to parts of cali. I have a friend who went out to Las Vegas and did comp sci and tech stuff for Casinos there. I think Houston, and probs a lot of Texas, have growing tech scenes with jobs opening up but you'd have to look more into that. Lastly, I'd look at Boise- it continues to grow in price, but lots of folks are moving there and I assume a tech scene is starting up out there.
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