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Old 10-01-2014, 12:36 PM
 
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Hi. I am considering moving to Reno. I'm a single female over 30. I am hoping to get a good job, though at this point, even just some kind of job (with the prospect of getting a better one after a while) would do.
I am also hoping to make friends, maybe have a relationship, etc.

Currently I am living in St. Louis. I've been here since May 2013. In that time, I've had three part time very temporary jobs. Since June of this year, I haven't had any job at all. I've actively searched for a job, but haven't had much luck.
Somewhat belatedly, I found out that St. Louis has been ranked as the #1 hardest city to get a job in the USA. The crime rate here is also very high. I've been robbed twice, and I'm now very cautious.

I have already made up my mind that I plan to move away from St. Louis. I just don't know yet exactly where to, or precisely when.

Reno is one of my top considerations currently. I did read that the economy has at least improved there.
Is it easy -or at least feasible- for the average newcomer to get a job there?
I am college-educated, have basic computer skills, speak Spanish, and have been through a couple of brief job-training programs.
How about the social scene? Is it overall friendly? I tend to be shy, and I'm hoping that won't be too much of a hindrance.

Does anyone have ideas, suggestions? Any insider info perhaps?
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Old 10-01-2014, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Cold Springs, NV
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Jenny,
I'm retired, but it does seem our economy is much improved, and I'm confident you could assimilate into our region with your skill-set. Tesla is building a huge battery factory here, and Amazon just built another huge warehouse that will open in January. I'm an old married guy, so social scene isn't really my bag, but we do go to movies downtown, and on the riverwalk.
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Old 10-01-2014, 07:22 PM
 
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I think you could do fine here. I wouldn't say there are tons of great paying jobs, but we do have lots of call centers that seem to have weekly career fairs. And most of them offer benefits. If you have any financial inclination I would try the Wells Fargo call center, pays good, has great benefits, if you can take the heat of sales goals. Try searching the job search engines like Indeed.com. Tesla is building a big facility here but it won't be ready for a few years. Amazon is moving their warehouse to Reno but warehouse work can be really hard.

The social scene seems really alive compared to other places my daughter has lived. We have the Knitting Factory for bands and just hanging out in a music environment, there are lots of things going on at the university (symphony, arts, science speakers), Midtown is a really hot area for eclectic shopping and restaurants. I'm not really sure about "meeting" people as I'm an old married person too.
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Old 10-05-2014, 06:49 AM
 
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Try the Sacramento area, there are many more opportunities for employment, and the cost of housing is about the same as Northern Nevada. My son lived in Reno and had to move to California after he graduated from college to get a job commensurate with his education, yes he could and did work in Amazon and a few Grocery stores but that is not what most people aspire to after going to college for 4 years.
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