U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Arizona > Phoenix area
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
Closed Thread Start New Thread
 
Old 02-23-2010, 01:56 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
14,851 posts, read 17,798,638 times
Reputation: 18976

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by brightbutdownn View Post
Hi. It's been over a year and I still haven't been able to find employment around Phoenix. What are some recommendations from other people that have left Phoenix for jobs? Texas seems to have one of the healthiest economies in nation. NYC is doing OK if in high level finance. I know that everywhere is hurting to some degree, but Arizona is one of the few states that has yet to stabilize from the Recession.

I just checked out Craigslist for phoenix and there were probably about 5 bazillion jobs listed. Granted, they won't all be winners, in fact the majority of them will be sucky, but it's very hard to imagine that after a year, you haven't found anything.

20yrsinBranson

 
Old 02-23-2010, 02:07 PM
 
845 posts, read 1,466,920 times
Reputation: 288
I have a CDL B, school bus driver's license. Yesterday I was driving along I-17 and saw a big sign: Bus Drivers wanted 12.50 an hour + benefits, 30 hours per week. I was making 16.89 in Virginia; so yep, there is a difference, but cost of living is considerably lower here. I won't apply today, but it's good to know there are jobs out there. I spent 8 months in Summerlin Nevada last year, and the situation was far more grevious.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 02:07 PM
 
75 posts, read 82,102 times
Reputation: 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by 20yrsinBranson View Post
I just checked out Craigslist for phoenix and there were probably about 5 bazillion jobs listed. Granted, they won't all be winners, in fact the majority of them will be sucky, but it's very hard to imagine that after a year, you haven't found anything.

20yrsinBranson
Thanks, I have been reviewing those as well for some time. There seems to be an overwhelming number of sales and telemarketing positions. I would rather pursue options outside the state, but I will continue checking nonetheless.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 02:08 PM
 
804 posts, read 1,204,287 times
Reputation: 452
Quote:
Originally Posted by brightbutdownn View Post
Texas seems to have one of the healthiest economies in nation.
No... TX had fewer losses, but that does not always equate to available new jobs. Thousands upon thousands have been flocking to TX and competition is fierce.

Quote:
Originally Posted by DR1665 View Post
That guy who crashed his plane into the IRS in Austin last week said, in his note, that companies in Austin paid 1/3 what he made in California.
It's been said that the Austin area is a double whammy. It is more expensive than the other cities in TX, yet salaries here are lower and job stability is rare. It may be less expensive than CA, but there are serious career tradeoffs.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 02:20 PM
 
75 posts, read 82,102 times
Reputation: 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by adolpho View Post
I have a CDL B, school bus driver's license. Yesterday I was driving along I-17 and saw a big sign: Bus Drivers wanted 12.50 an hour + benefits, 30 hours per week. I was making 16.89 in Virginia; so yep, there is a difference, but cost of living is considerably lower here. I won't apply today, but it's good to know there are jobs out there. I spent 8 months in Summerlin Nevada last year, and the situation was far more grevious.
That's good. Although Arizona's cost of living is higher than the average for 50 states according to CPI data, Federal Cost of Living Index: 104.6 (100 being the national average). It's good to see something, even bus driving, rather than nothing though.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 02:49 PM
 
919 posts, read 2,148,282 times
Reputation: 531
You're going to have to be a lot more specific in terms of what you are qualified to do before expecting reasonable advice.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 02:56 PM
 
1,013 posts, read 1,564,723 times
Reputation: 434
Quote:
Originally Posted by brightbutdownn View Post
Hi. It's been over a year and I still haven't been able to find employment around Phoenix. What are some recommendations from other people that have left Phoenix for jobs? Texas seems to have one of the healthiest economies in nation. NYC is doing OK if in high level finance. I know that everywhere is hurting to some degree, but Arizona is one of the few states that has yet to stabilize from the Recession.
What are you looking for? What are your qualifications? I was laid off in AUG and am soaking up unemployment compensation at a measly $225 weekly. Its because of the abysmal job situation in AZ--and that I dont like it here--that I will be moving back to the Midwest (Wisconsin) very very soon. I have lots of family that way, so I will B staying with them as they help me until till I get back on my feet. It just didnt work out for me here at all. But even in good times, jobs in AZ were still somewhat scant, compared to other states, because Arizona's economy is driven largely by minimum wage labor in construction, hospitality/tourism and retail. Sad but true. Arizona never really had many good paying jobs to begin with. This state has had a false sense of security for a very long time.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 02:59 PM
 
1,650 posts, read 2,355,087 times
Reputation: 1090
Quote:
Originally Posted by brightbutdownn View Post
Hi. It's been over a year and I still haven't been able to find employment around Phoenix. What are some recommendations from other people that have left Phoenix for jobs? Texas seems to have one of the healthiest economies in nation. NYC is doing OK if in high level finance. I know that everywhere is hurting to some degree, but Arizona is one of the few states that has yet to stabilize from the Recession.
I think you should move. Many are moving to Phoenix with not enough jobs available and increasing the competition. I am struggling on $265 a week as well. I can't imagine paying on mortgage with this kind of salary. I barely can make rent every month. If it weren't for my doctor providing me with samples of asthma inhalers, I would not be able to afford medicine. I am a frugal person.

I don't stand a chance of finding work in Phoenix. I am a teacher. There are ZERO teaching jobs in Phoenix. Even the less desirable places are receiving tons of applicants. Believe me, I checked out the job market. Every interview I had, they would tell me that they received a 500 applications.

I am looking for work in Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alaska, and the U.S. territories. These states seem to have more jobs in my field than most places. I may have to go back to school. If I go to school, I will be doing that in my home state(Indiana).

If I were you, I would try some place like Oklahoma. Do you have relatives you can stay with? Maybe moving back to your home state would be a good option.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 03:01 PM
 
1,013 posts, read 1,564,723 times
Reputation: 434
Quote:
Originally Posted by KarmaPhx View Post
There are a ton of jobs available right now, maybe you're not looking in the right places. I know my previous position in Old Town is open right now at one of the hotels, and other hotels in the area (Phoenician, Intercontinental) have well over 10-15 positions open right now, ranging from things like room service to housekeeping.

You don't need any real experience to get into hotels, and there are some great perks (free/discounted hotel rooms) among other things.
You just dont get it.......those are minimum wage jobs. Some of us have education and skills and are much too overqualified to do that. I'm not trying to bash people who do those things--we need that--but many of us need real jobs to pay the bills and feed our families. As I said, minimum wage labor does not count as 'jobs' in my opinion. Too many minimum wage jobs and not enough REAL jobs is why Arizona has lost its appeal to people.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 03:04 PM
 
1,650 posts, read 2,355,087 times
Reputation: 1090
Quote:
Originally Posted by brightbutdownn View Post
Thanks for the reply KarmaPhx, but it would be hard to continue paying the mortgage on room service and housekeeping wages. It was helpful information though.
You should also keep in mind that you will be competing with illegals for these jobs. Some of the illegals are having a hard time finding work. I saw an article over the summer about it.

A lot of low wage, labor type jobs, won't hire you if you have an advanced degree. I am having the same tough time as you and I have a B.S. Try leaving your degree off your resume. This is what I am doing.
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Closed Thread


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2011 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $84,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Arizona > Phoenix area

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:00 AM.

2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top