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Old 04-21-2014, 09:22 PM
Location: Fort Wayne
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Originally Posted by EricS39 View Post
Suppose I'm Willing to live out of my car in North Dakota

Willing to work 100 hours per week

Am fine with 1 week of total annual sick+vacation pay

Will work for under $15/hour

I do not take lunch breaks

Will work indoors, outdoors, -30 degrees, makes absolutely no difference

What are my options? I happen to have a CPA license and I can recommend numerous federal tax minimization strategies. Also will be glad to internal audit for some oil field persons.

What are my options in the most undesireable part of the state?

Obviously I am not totally nuts. Would negotiate up and would want a fixed contract and some stock options or profit-sharing agreement.
Well,itís no illegal to live in your vehicle in Williston (even an RV not parked at a trailer court) so you can take that portion of your plan off the table. If you are indeed a CPA, why not try the Permian Basin or the Gulf Coast in Texas? Both are booming areas with far more pleasant living conditions than anything that youíll find in the Bakken.

And you wonít have to live in your car.

If you do wish to move North Dakota, then living in the more populated areas of the state such as Bismarck,Grand Forks or Fargo. An educated person would have a much easier time finding work in those areas than in the oil patch as most of the better jobs in Williston/Dickinson are more skilled trades than white collar.
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Old 04-22-2014, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by f2tornado View Post
No need to be condescending.
I tend to be that way when people think that wasting two hours in your car five days a weeks is an OK thing to do.

Originally Posted by f2tornado View Post
... hour commutes are common in Minneapolis where I'm originally from.
Now who's being condescending? Hour commutes are common in every city and they are still stupid. I've seen it every place I've ever lived.

Originally Posted by f2tornado View Post
Live in the ghetto or drive.
Nope. There are other options. They are called smaller places to live. People decide that they have to have x-bedrooms, a big-screen TV, or whatever.

I've yet to meet someone who "has to" commute an hour. I've met lots of people who make lifestyle choices that lead them to do it.

Originally Posted by f2tornado View Post
Minot has (cheaper) shopping, dining, and entertainment options not available in the Bakken.
Ah. A lifestyle choice.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:08 AM
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I have heard friends say they want to move to North Dakota for a job in the oil industry. Is this viable? Are there really lots of job opportunities out there?
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:15 PM
Location: North Dakota
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There's thousands of jobs in North Dakota. If you do come up here, just make sure you have a plan. Some companies require experience, some are willing to train.
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:06 PM
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I have been looking for a Job for 6 years !!! I think I have a good resume I am prior military and worked hard at a corporate job and then started my own business in 2008 but I found out my rates where to high to compete with big Companies so I disolved the company. Now I am 55, broke lost my home my personnal is a mess and when I send a Resume out to a company or fill out an application I can't even get a call. Would somebody tell me how the Government can say the unemployment rate is 6.2% ? I was at a job fair on the base and the line was 2 and half hours long with Vets looking for a job. Now all I hear is all the Bull**** in the news about how everyone is suing POTUS and the IRS investigation. Can someone Please tell all the Senators and Congressman who are receiving donations from from special interest groups that they all are to blame for the Mess !!! ( oh and massive tax payer Saleries ) These people all let the American manufacturing move out of our Country and now their profits are kept over sea's while the Executives receive massive Salary's and Bonues and the the tax payer gets screwed. Please someone tell me when do the Politicians and Business' face the investigation. I am pissed off and want a job so I can support myself and Family. This country is supposed to be run by the People not the Wealthy. The Middle Class is gone and until the Press gets their focus on calling out the Politicians nothing will get better. I guess the News industry doesn't want to get Sued by Politicians or Corporate America for reporting real facts. Watch out for the IRS you have been reporting what crooks they are. thank you for allowing to rant. Jim wants a Job.

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Old 06-27-2014, 12:14 PM
Location: E ND & NW MN
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across all the cities in ND (even outside the oil areas) the number 1 problem businesses have is the lack of employees. It is this way in Grand Forks and prevents expansion of manufacturing and other sectors....as you cant expand if you cant get people to work for you.

Fargo, Bismarck, Minot are all job heavy....but just depends on what you want. I know retail is hurting bad for people....though I am not sure that is your cup of tea. Construction is hurting bad too this summer all over...long delays in Grand Forks in building homes due to lack of help.

I wonder sometimes as well, is the rest of the nation really that bad....it can't be.....you cant go anywhere here without hiring signs and people with sign on bonuses and this is not the oil field region.

I wonder is it that wages for retail/service are too low so folks dont want to work that much for low pay or what? Locally 10-11/hr is starting for places like Menards/Lowes....higher western ND. You go to our local Menards in Grand Forks and you are lucky if you get out without being asked more than twice if you want to work there. Everywhere you go know even in GF are longer lines than usual....due to short staffing. I also know though many young people you get a job in service, within a week or two, never come back....
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