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Old 12-16-2010, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Hey guys, I am new to this and this is my first thread. I am, today, finishing my last GIS course in Community College. I would have gone for a 4 year degree but in Houston, no university offers that. So, that being said, I also have to include the fact that I am an international student. I speak Spanish and English, just like anyone else, but I can actually speak Spanish properly and write and read perfectly. The fact that I am an international student means that I can only get internships or work in a field related job and I am finding it pretty hard to come up across one of those. I am in the process of becoming a green card holder but that could take up to 5 years or longer. I am 23 years old and I just want to move on with my life.
I have done projects in the area such as with Jesse H. Jones park where we worked for it through the school and no pay but we got a publication out of it and am very good at georeferencing and all that good stuff.

I'd just like to get some feedback or maybe some job openings?
My resume sucks, honestly. I have been living here since I was 17 and I didn't become available for work until i was 21 and going to school full time, no job experience.
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:24 PM
 
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Your best bet is going to be networking. I'd start looking for any conferences or events that your field holds and make it your top priority to attend. If your resume is weak, sending it into a company is going to be a black hole -- you need to find someone who you can impress personally to make anything happen.
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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The county govts. uses GIS to keep up with their various maps such as the property maps for tax purposes. You might check wanted ads for counties in S. Texas where bilingual would be a selling point.
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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The county govts. uses GIS to keep up with their various maps such as the property maps for tax purposes. You might check wanted ads for counties in S. Texas where bilingual would be a selling point.
That is likely a dead end. County GIS systems are generally not too sophisticated and they use outside firms to do the heavy lifting. Also, it isn't cost effective to spread your search so thin that you would relocate far away from a strong economy (Houston) for a job without any upward mobility and with low pay. Rural county jobs pay very little and there is no competition that will want your services.

Also, county jobs generally go to locals and it seems his effort could be better spent elsewhere.

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Old 12-16-2010, 09:55 PM
 
Location: FL/TX Coasts
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natural gas & Oil would be the best to look in. Good pay,...etc.
check out: The GIS Jobs Clearinghouse

monster.com
careerbuilder.com

and of course you may wanna check out directly companie's site
good luck!
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:18 PM
 
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also:

GIS Jobs, Employment in Houston, TX | Indeed.com
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Thank you guys for all the replies! They are greatly appreciated and will all be taken into consideration!

Sending my resume does feel like sending it to a black hole. The networking idea sounds great. Next ESRI conference in the area and I'm there!
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