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Old 09-14-2010, 05:05 PM
 
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I always wonder what everyone does in CLT. It seems that a lot of people work just 9-5 and always have weekends off. It seems that people are often going out of town on vacations so I am just wondering what does everyone do around here? Especially since all everyone talks about is how this town is dead with no jobs. I am not seeing it.
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:13 PM
 
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I think certain job sectors are hurting more than others. My husband works in IT at an engineering firm, and has seen over 200 coworkers around the country laid off. At the same time, he is swamped with work. In his case, it's a combination of hard work and luck.

I know others who have had no trouble keeping their current jobs, finding new jobs, or switching companies. These are all very intelligent people with advanced degrees and years of on the job experience who also added relevant experiences to their resumes if they were even out of work in the first place. I think as the job marked has contracted, it has gotten more competitive, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:52 PM
 
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I think as the job marked has contracted, it has gotten more competitive, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
I usually find myself agreeing with your posts, but you kind of sound like Jim Bunning or Alan Simpson here.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:03 PM
 
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I usually find myself agreeing with your posts, but you kind of sound like Jim Bunning or Alan Simpson here.
Ew! sorry about that. I didn't want to make my post super long, so I didn't clarify. My take on it is that if the job market is more competitive, people will essentially be forced to qualify themselves. I think it got to a point where it was so loose than even the most uneducated schlubs were being handed success without hard work. Hope that helps. If not, my apologies.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Everyone I know, myself excluded, doesn't work, and have been on long-term unemployment, two or three years now, on and off, with no prospects for any real employment anywhere on the horizon, in NC or elsewhere else. We've all been foreclosed on, evicted, had property reposessed, been homeless, and have had to resort to welfare and section 8 housing. And it's not looking any better down the road.
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:15 PM
 
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There are definitely companies hiring...mine has hired probably an incremental 50+ in the last 6 months, from $40K-200K+
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:56 PM
 
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what a mixed bag of answers that is very interesting. @stlterp what type of industry are you in that is hiring at such a massive rate.
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Old 09-15-2010, 07:19 AM
 
Location: East Lansing, MI
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I work for a software company HQ'd in SoCal and have been travelling back and forth to coastal VA for work every week for the past 1.5 yrs.

I only *live* in CLT (although some of my coworkers here say that I actually live in VA and just "vacation" in CLT 2 days a week ).
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Old 09-15-2010, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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My husband is an attorney at a big firm uptown -- and I WISH he had the hours you mention here! LOL. It's more like 7am-7pm every day, plus working from home on weekends. His firm continues to hire every year, and fortunately has not had any layoffs (unlike most law firms have).

We usually stay in town on the weekends, go to parks with our dog, hang out at home or at sports bars watching football or baseball games. We love Charlotte -- we definitely don't think it's lame or dead.
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Old 09-15-2010, 07:52 AM
 
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Ew! sorry about that. I didn't want to make my post super long, so I didn't clarify. My take on it is that if the job market is more competitive, people will essentially be forced to qualify themselves. I think it got to a point where it was so loose than even the most uneducated schlubs were being handed success without hard work. Hope that helps. If not, my apologies.

Haha, while you may be right about that for the most part, my work place seems to keep hiring under-qualified idiots!
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