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Old 07-09-2008, 09:07 AM
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Unfortunately, it isn't the opening sentence for a good punch line...

It is actually a job dilemma. My soon to be fiancé and our good friends want to find a new city, outside the Midwest, to move to.

The problem: We need to find a job for both a geologist (in a quarry possibly?, with experience) and an engineer (manufacturing/industrial, entry-level).

This has been very difficult...

Please help! Does anyone know of a good city to look at that might offer some job possibilities and have a small town nearby that would be good to settle in for a couple of years?

Or if anyone knows of a company that is willing to hire an entry-level engineer for decent pay... we would be so appreciative to hear from you!
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:20 AM
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Hi Emarzen, I can relate to you wanting to get out of the midwest...however, you leave very broad possibilities. Which way from the midwest do you feel drawn to? East or west?
There are many companies that hire entry level-level engineers. I can think of 2 up here in Bellingham, WA, that will hire on contract and can work you in permanently, possibly. That's how my husband and I got up here. He's not engineer, but piper and works with engineers.
The biggest thing is, what kind of engineering you do and which way you want to go to get out of the midwest? I'm not sure about geologists...
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Old 07-09-2008, 11:11 AM
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Hi poogie777-
I think we have been so worried about just finding an engineering job that we have been searching all over the U.S. We have looked at Texas, Florida, the NE... I guess one area we haven't looked at is your area!
We are pretty much open to anything I think. Somehow, I think we both feel this is an adventure at the same time and are open to broad possibilities,
B had a temp position in the area of industrial/manufacturing engineering. Since he can say that he has 6 months experience in this area, this is probably what he is leaning toward. Otherwise, since he is a recent grad, he is still brand new to the field. His degree is a general Engineering Science degree, so he is not bound to one area. However, this does work against him as well; some employers seem less likely to hire with the broader degree.

Where did you move from? The midwest?
What is WA like? I am always curious about the weather...
Please do share any other details about the moving/job finding experience. We are completely new to this and haven't lived outside our hometowns/college towns.

Thanks so much!
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Old 07-09-2008, 02:48 PM
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Hi again! Has he looked at any of the job shops?

CJ Hunter www.cjhunter.com

Southwest Design Services www.swds.com

The Talley Group www.thetalleygroup.com

I just talked to my husband to get these. He said your husband could send him his resume and cover letter and he could submit it where he works!
We love Bellingham! It's pretty kick back up here and lots to do! I think if you go to my profile you will find a link to my website about Bellingham. I don't think I can post it here.
We moved up here from Colorado 6 years ago. It's a great little community. Of course has a few flaws but who don't...
My husband originally was up here on contract. He flew me up here to celebrate our anniversary together and I fell in love with the area. That was in May. July 4th of the same year, we were driving a uhaul down the highway!
I'm originally from SD...got married and moved to NE...stayed there for 5 years and moved to Colorado (17 long years). So moving around wasn't scary for us. We were used to it. We had to go where the money was and it brought us up here. My husband makes over twice what he made back there. So I think it was a good move! We've never looked back.
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:49 PM
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I passed along those websites and he is going to look at them and post a resume, etc.
That is wonderful about your husband saying he would submit Brian's resume! You have already given me a great image of Bellingham with your sheer friendliness! I told Brian about your message and he was very excited. He is re-working it right now, so I will let you know as soon as he tells me it is ready again.

What a neat story about your anniversary trip and falling in love with the area. That is really what we are looking for. If we are really going to take this leap, we want to end up in an area that we both really enjoy from the initial visit. Otherwise, it would be even harder if the area doesn't have much appeal and it could be easy to become saddened even more about leaving the safety net of home.

I am also going to look at the city website you mentioned.

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Old 07-14-2008, 12:38 AM
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:02 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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The place you want to move is Houston, Texas. Lots of Jobs in oil for engineers and geologists. Its inexpensive as far as big cities go, and new homes are under $100/sqft. The local paper website is Chron.com to check housing/ jobs etc. I've lived there for 12 years off and on after graduating from Minnesota.
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