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Old 02-03-2009, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Champaign,IL
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I'm from Illinois, and want to relocate to Omaha. I'm having trouble finding jobs online(careerbuilder, monster,etc.) Would anyone have a better idea for job search tools? I do have a B.S in Business Management.
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:58 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I think Careerlink is a pretty good resource for the Omaha area - many local employers seem more prone to post openings there before going to national sites. You can look for jobs in a specific field or with a certain employer.

Good luck in your search.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Papillion
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Monster, CareerBuilder, and Careerlink are probably the primary online ones for this area...

Might also try Indeed and The Ladders, but probably not as much as the other three.

In addition to that, be sure to connect with some legitimate recruiters in this area - get in their databases and get to know a few of them... they have good ties with some of the major employers... a few of the legitimate recruiters would be:This is just a sampling of the legitimate ones.... none charge the applicant - they earn fees from the companies when they place a successful candidate - as do all legitimate headhunters... never pay for this service!


Also, actively grow and utilize your LinkedIn network to uncover connections in this area - lots of professionals in the metro are in that. Again, no reason to use anything but the free service.

While the media only talks about the companies that layoff - there are many companies hiring - may take longer to find the opportunity, but they are out there. Omaha's a great place to be during this economic downturn.

Good Luck!
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Old 02-04-2009, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Central Nebraska
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Also try the workforce development website:

Nebraska JobLink
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Papillion
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Also target specific employers or industries...

For specific employers you can find them through the Chamber of Commerce and then reach out to the companies directly - both HR and outside of HR... HR has the official jobs list - outside of HR are all of the other opportunities (this is where your LinkedIn network comes in real handy - lets you know who might know someone that might know someone).
Omaha
Sarpy

For specific industry, look for a national trade group that serves that industry then drill down and look for a local chapter. Then just begin calling or emailing the chapter officials and build a relationship with them.
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Papillion Nebraska
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You might consider a weekday trip to Omaha and find out who the heavy hitters are in the metro like Conagra, Werner or Union Pacific (they are thriving in this economic slow down). Make sure you are also looking in Sarpy County which is part of the Omaha metro. 2 other sites you might look at are www.jobsourceusa.net and www.hemphillsearch.com , these are local professional search groups. This is a great place to live and work. I believe if you could manage a 2-4 day trip here would really help. Good luck !!!
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Old 02-04-2009, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Papillion
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You might consider a weekday trip to Omaha and find out who the heavy hitters are in the metro like Conagra, Werner or Union Pacific (they are thriving in this economic slow down). Make sure you are also looking in Sarpy County which is part of the Omaha metro. 2 other sites you might look at are www.jobsourceusa.net and www.hemphillsearch.com , these are local professional search groups. This is a great place to live and work. I believe if you could manage a 2-4 day trip here would really help. Good luck !!!
Before spending money on a 2-4 day trip, use this site (Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership) to do some due diligence on who the heavy hitters are and what business sectors. This is the primary spot used by the significant players in Omaha when recruiting companies to come to the area (economic development type folks)... very very useful information for someone trying to get generally unbiased information on the area. This is by the Economic Development Partnership which covers the 3 county area (Douglas, Sarpy, & Washington)... all the area cities, counties, and chamber of commerces fund the Partnership.
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Old 02-04-2009, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Papillion
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In addition to that, be sure to connect with some legitimate recruiters in this area - get in their databases and get to know a few of them... they have good ties with some of the major employers... a few of the legitimate recruiters would be:This is just a sampling of the legitimate ones.... none charge the applicant - they earn fees from the companies when they place a successful candidate - as do all legitimate headhunters... never pay for this service!
Forgot to mention:
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Champaign,IL
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Thanks for the advice. My brother-in-law lives in Douglas county, so after I do a little research, I will plan a trip out there.
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