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Old 07-17-2011, 04:12 PM
 
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Default Possible Relocation (Looking for Housing / Job Market Info)

Hey All,

First off I'd like to introduce myself, I am 26 yo work as a network engineer. I just got back from a work conference from Las Vegas (I was out there for about a week) and I must say I really enjoyed my stay.
As of now I am looking to buy a condo or house out on Long Island but the prices are ridiculous for what you get, so I started thinking about Nevada.
If someone could answer a few questions for me that would be great!


1. I am basically looking for live in a suburban area with a younger type crowd, I heard Henderson is a good place to look. Am I off? What kind of places do you recommend I look at?
2. How's the job market for IT out in Nevada? I started looking at possibly civil service positions with LVPD and City jobs.
3. For people who live in Nevada how do you like it? is there any concerns I should be thinking about before considering moving out there?




Thank You!
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Nevada is a wonderful place to live. You can't beat it. That's the good news. I think Henderson is kind of boring for singles, it's more like a family with kids kind of place.

Here's the bad news. YMMV but I have 32 years experience as a NE and I'm working part time retail with no benefits. That should speak volumes to you. I wish you better luck than I have had and probably you won't have to worry about age discrimination. But honest, it's bad out there. You can find low pay, part time work but that's about it.

And I know AS400 and the Big Blue. I'm old enough to have worked on all that proprietary IBM the casinos still use.

I would suggest you have at least a year's worth of living expenses saved before moving here.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:29 PM
 
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I think something is missing from that. If I had lots of good, current, in-demand network engineering skills and experience and could not find anything better than part time retail work in Las Vegas, I would move to where the jobs are. Living somewhere with humid summers and snowy winters making good money is still better than living in Las Vegas severely under employed or completely unemployed.
I would also consider starting my own consulting business. Even if there was only a few hours a week of work available, it would still be better than part time retail.
If skills are out of date, then retraining may be needed.
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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There is also the issue of Las Vegas through a visitors eyes, and reality of actually living here.

Take some vacation time, rent a house (you should be able to find one, dirt cheap) and spend some time in Vegas but away from the Casinos. Do some job hunting while you're here so you're ahead of the game should you decide to move here.


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Old 07-18-2011, 04:14 PM
 
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Nevada is a wonderful place to live. You can't beat it. That's the good news. I think Henderson is kind of boring for singles, it's more like a family with kids kind of place.

Here's the bad news. YMMV but I have 32 years experience as a NE and I'm working part time retail with no benefits. That should speak volumes to you. I wish you better luck than I have had and probably you won't have to worry about age discrimination. But honest, it's bad out there. You can find low pay, part time work but that's about it.

And I know AS400 and the Big Blue. I'm old enough to have worked on all that proprietary IBM the casinos still use.

I would suggest you have at least a year's worth of living expenses saved before moving here.
Wow!!! Nevada is such a great town that you are reduced to working part-time as a retail clerk with no benefits. That's the problem with people these days that live in Nevada. The general thought is that it's okay to work min wage jobs. Hello!!! It's not.
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Henderson
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I'll hit ya before others will and be a little gentler as Nevada is a state! I do not know anyone who thinks it is OK to work a job for minimum wage, that is just the way it is right now. It has to be OK for now, then move on up later when the economy starts to regenerate better opportunities. I also agree that you need to go for a while and rent a place to see what life is like off the strip. It is more like everyday America then most think it is, I try to tell my friends all the time. It takes a while to get used to living in Las Vegas and not "living" like everyone thinks Las Vegas people live..
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:57 PM
 
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Wow!!! Nevada is such a great town that you are reduced to working part-time as a retail clerk with no benefits. That's the problem with people these days that live in Nevada. The general thought is that it's okay to work min wage jobs. Hello!!! It's not.
I think you're taking yellowsnow's words out of context. High unemployment and significant underemployment are serious problems, no one's denying that. These factors make Las Vegas a bad place to look for a job, but they do not make Las Vegas a bad place to live. Many other factors come into play (dry climate, no state income taxes, mountains/lake for recreation, light traffic, top-notch dining and entertainment, laid back people compared to many other cities). Once you have a job, Nevada is actually quite nice.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:39 PM
 
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I'll hit ya before others will and be a little gentler as Nevada is a state! I do not know anyone who thinks it is OK to work a job for minimum wage, that is just the way it is right now. It has to be OK for now, then move on up later when the economy starts to regenerate better opportunities. I also agree that you need to go for a while and rent a place to see what life is like off the strip. It is more like everyday America then most think it is, I try to tell my friends all the time. It takes a while to get used to living in Las Vegas and not "living" like everyone thinks Las Vegas people live..

I guess many people think of Las Vegas as some wild west sin city. Sort of like how a lot of people think of California as one giant Hollywood.

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Old 07-19-2011, 12:35 AM
 
Location: H-Town... "A place to call home"
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I have little of relevance to add other than to say that I just had a glance at the listings on simply hired (a website that pulls job listings from many sources) and saw 9 job offerings in LV for senior network engineers in the past 10 days. Assuming that the competition is fierce I would still give yourself a fighting chance...

Good Luck friend!
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:59 AM
 
Location: H-Town... "A place to call home"
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