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Old 08-01-2009, 02:30 PM
 
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another BS. I was talking about things in the real world.

You've got a lot to learn about HR and IT in Austin.
I would almost believe this if I didn't have personal experience that is much different. Myself and many other people that I know only have B.S./B.A. degrees from California schools (UC's and CSU's). We didn't have any problem getting various IT jobs in Austin.

I agree with others in that getting an IT job here is more about your previous experience and the companies that you've worked for in the past and not about where your degree is from. I would imagine that it is difficult for any new grad whether he is from UT or not to beat out an experienced IT person right now.
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Trends for construction jobs continue to be down in the Austin area.

Austin construction employment down 7% from ‘08 - Austin Business Journal:

However some local news is promising that this might change. Home were up: Austin home sales hit highest level in a year (http://www.statesman.com/business/content/business/stories/other/2009/07/21/0721homesales.html - broken link)
Builders pick up the pace on area new-home starts (http://www.statesman.com/business/content/business/stories/other/2009/07/02/0702homestarts.html - broken link)
Construction spending rises (http://www.statesman.com/search/content/business/stories/other/2009/08/04/0804construction.html - broken link)

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n the Austin market, homebuilders picked up the pace in the second quarter. Though starts were down nearly 35 percent in the second quarter from the same time last year, they were nearly 53 percent higher than in the first quarter, according to research firm Residential Strategies Inc. And though activity usually picks up from winter to spring, the increase was more than twice that seen between the first and second quarters of 2008.
A recent TxDot news releases spoke of substantial new projects starting in the next year, I believe they were related to infrastructure stimulus spending. I can't find the article on the internet, but I remember reading it. I expected the federal stimulus money for infrastructure projects to lag behind, because there is so much planning, permitting, and engineering design required on the front end before the construction contracts can be bid.

Here are a few more resources:

Careers
Careers (http://www.txdot.gov/careers/job_search/openings.htm?type=city&location=Austin - broken link)
http://austin.bizjournals.com/austin/jobs/
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:01 AM
 
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Try a drug manufactuer (Abbott) or a cosmetics manufacturer. There is a large one north of Dallas/Fort Worth that manufactures products like Lubriderm.

Try using LinkedIn to find jobs also. Join some of the groups and work with the recruiters that post jobs on each group.
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Old 08-24-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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An update on the local market:

Austin job market remains soft in July (http://www.statesman.com/business/content/business/stories/employment/2009/08/22/0822texjobs.html - broken link)

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The Austin-area job market remained soft in July, with 1,400 fewer jobs than a year earlier and a 7.3 percent unemployment rate, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

It was the second month in a row that the region lost jobs. The 0.2 percent year-over-year loss rate was unchanged from June.
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Old 08-24-2009, 03:59 PM
 
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I just sent resumes to 60 Austin area companies. Got one rejection letter so far, from U of T.
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Old 08-24-2009, 04:05 PM
 
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I just sent resumes to 60 Austin area companies. Got one rejection letter so far, from U of T.
what position were you applying for at UT?
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Old 08-24-2009, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Austin
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This might be a good time to try the Metroplex or Houston if you can't find anything here.....I can think of far worse places.....both are doing better than Austin now as well, especially the MP....
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:42 PM
 
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Hmmm....I guess the fact that I have worked in Austin for three software companies since 1985 and have personally hired dozens of people doesn't count?
It doesn't count. (even if it's true, it doesn't count; and I don't believe you, because of your previous posts.) If you studied computer science in college, you should have little difficulty understanding why it doesn't count even if it's true.

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Please tell us where your wisdom comes from.
in short, the real world.

you don't have a lot of connections in Austin's software sector, do you? (it shows)
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Hmmm...what in my previous posts confuses you or makes you doubt what I say? I have been working in software in Austin since 1984. I have personally recruited and hired well over 50 people - mostly software developers.

I have worked in business development with many software and IT companies - including several based in Austin. I am well aware of how many people in these companies earned their jobs. And they come from all over.
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:08 AM
 
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Excellent, let's all send hoff some resumes Oh wait... I'm not a "software developer"...
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