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Old 07-08-2011, 08:55 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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We eat, drive cars, and need plumbers and other service providers like everywhere else. There are plenty of opportunities outside the specialized government arena.

A lot of those kinds of jobs, even skilled ones, are filled by immigrants here. And I suspect licensed tradesmen, etc, have their own sources for job info that are better than this forum.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:57 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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I'd buy that if I saw postings that said in passing "I'm going to be looking for a job" when asking about other things, but just about every posting on here is "I just got a job offer" or "my husband just got a job offer', "please tell me about.......". We are clearly not a destination of residential choice.

As to the point that jobs here are specialized my response would be we're not robots. We eat, drive cars, and need plumbers and other service providers like everywhere else. There are plenty of opportunities outside the specialized government arena.
My DD is entering Arch school this fall, and will be looking for arch internships for next summer. It would be great if she could get one here. To the extent an internet message board is a good way to look, I would point her to Archinect, not City Data.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:03 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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I guess they'd rather stay in place, starve, and whine. People are irrational.

I dont think so. Theres quite a bit of moving around the country for jobs. Its NOT however, necessarily a good idea for an unemployed person to move from an area where they have a support network, to someplace where they know no one, without a job in hand, especially a high COL area.

this seems to be a meme among the "its really structural employment" "they are all lazy bums on UI". Im pretty sure its wrong. I also suspect we cant address without going far off topic for this forum though.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:12 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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We have jobs we need to fill. People elsewhere need jobs. I also don't recall too many posters inquiring about jobs being treated like they would on the Colorado or California forums. We're generally helpful to the few inquirers we get.
I agree that we're generally helpful to people, but I DON'T agree with the bit about having jobs we need to fill. Not the sort of jobs that would hire people who just pack up a car and move to a new city to find a job.

Most of the jobs here require degrees/certifications, special skills, or clearances. The hiring process can often take a long time. The "unskilled" jobs that hire people within a few weeks of an interview are being filled by spouses and family members who accompany someone moving here, as well as by people who already live here.

I don't see any evidence that there are lots of entry level or "unskilled" jobs going unfilled, so I make it a point to suggest people think twice before moving here without a job.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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and here in the NoVa forum

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Old 07-08-2011, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I agree, and we also get a good number of posts like that here on the Nova forum. Maybe not dozens every day, but I'll bet I can provide at least 20 or so threads with inquiries if you need evidence.

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Old 07-08-2011, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Yeah i'm sure you'll find a few but go check out some of the others and you'll see a lot more.

What's interesting is that we are a major tourist destination. In most cases, other than perhaps Disney World, that generally familiarizes and attracts people to relocate there (Williamsburg's a good example). That's one reason I moved here. I applied with my company to transfer partly because I'd visited and seen what a nice place it is. One drive down the GW Parkway on a tour bus did the trick.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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First of all, city data doesn't have enough of an impact to steer people to or from a certain area, no matter how much some posters here would like to think. Yes, maybe a small amount of individuals make their decisions based on the opinions found here, but that's definitely the minority.

I totally agree! I think the number of people who decide to move to a city based solely on city-data comments is extremely small.

Nevertheless, it's good not to give even the slightest amount of encouragement to that extremely small number of people, because if they move here and don't find job, they will come on this forum and make a lot of noise about how it's all our fault that they moved here. And, while I guess I could say "oh well" and "who gives a damn" it can get annoying, so why not avoid the situation in the first place by telling people to not move here unless they already have a job?
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I totally agree! I think the number of people who decide to move to a city based solely on city-data comments is extremely small.

Nevertheless, it's good not to give even the slightest amount of encouragement to that extremely small number of people, because if they move here and don't find job, they will come on this forum and make a lot of noise about how it's all our fault that they moved here. And, while I guess I could say "oh well" and "who gives a damn" it can get annoying, so why not avoid the situation in the first place by telling people to not move here unless they already have a job?
I don't think I'd advise anyone to move anywhere without a job but I would encourage someone to start looking for a job here while still living somewhere else. However, I'm just not seeing that many inquiries like that for the size of this job market. Don't hate me because I like the idea of living in a sought-after place.
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