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Old 05-15-2011, 04:55 PM
 
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Im gonna be moving down soon and a previous post I had made, someone mentioned something about finding a job first before I get down there because theres not that many??? I know it might be stupid going down without a job, but im also not looking for anything special either im still finishing up school so some $10 an hour job is fine plus my husband is staying up here till I find one. So is it really that hard?

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Old 05-15-2011, 05:24 PM
 
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Im gonna be moving down soon and a previous post I had made, someone mentioned something about finding a job first before I get down there because theres not that many??? I know it might be stupid going down without a job, but im also not looking for anything special either im still finishing up school so some $10 an hour job is fine plus my husband is staying up here till I find one. So is it really that hard?

Thanks for your help!
The "some $10/hour jobs" are actually among the hardest to come by right now because they're at the very bottom of the "food chain". Think of all the people you're competing against for a menial job- high school and college students, high school dropouts, people with bachelor's and master's degrees, etc. It's basically luck. Whereas an open job for a doctor or teacher would only attract those with a certain level of education and experience, the $10/hour jobs attract anyone & everyone looking for work.

The unemployment rate here is in the 8% range- it's about 4% for college graduates and close to 15-20% for people without a college education. That's a whole lot of people competing for $10/hour (and less) jobs.
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Old 05-15-2011, 05:48 PM
 
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There are call centers that are always hiring. My nephew moved back to Texas from San Francisco and found a decent job within 2 weeks. The start of summer is the worst time to look but I would not let that deter me. Save some money and make the move. The worst that came happen is you have to move back home. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Goodluck to you.
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:03 AM
 
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Check www.indeed.com there are plenty of jobs...If you're not working in DFW it's because you don't want to work....
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:12 AM
 
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finding a job may not be as much of a problem as finding a job that allows you to live on the salary
Dallas is not cheap--transportation costs can be high, rent is high, food is not cheap
being a single trying to cover all bills on your own salary makes you more vulnerable than two people with jobs who can combine income and yet share expenses

frankly it makes more sense to me to wait and come as a couple--
but no one is going to be hiring out of town people for jobs paying that low a wage
there are too many applicants standing in the doorway looking for jobs in person to worry about hiring someone out of town
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:17 AM
 
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There are call centers that are always hiring. My nephew moved back to Texas from San Francisco and found a decent job within 2 weeks. The start of summer is the worst time to look but I would not let that deter me. Save some money and make the move. The worst that came happen is you have to move back home. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Goodluck to you.
Call centers here have been slowly closing and/or outsourcing their work. For example Citibank used to have a very large call center in Irving. It is still there but they have all but stopped hiring and have started aggressively to outsource their call center functions to overseas call centers and other centers in other States. If you call Tech Support for companies such as Dell, who used to have a large Austin based Tech Support, then they too have outsourced their functions. Even the various medical call centers are consolidating their operations and beginning to close some North Texas based call centers and/or scaling them back.

Customer service representatives in call centers used to be a stable career for those that could not, or chose not to, obtain a degree. Now with the current economic crisis even many of those are selecting people with Bachelors degrees just to answer phones. It seems that the average starting pay here in any call center jobs that are even available is around $9 - $10 and hour without a degree and $10 - $12 an hour with a degree.

It is so sad to see so many capable people out of work while corporations continue to offshore these jobs for pennies on the dollar in expenses. Besides the unemployed who can handle these jobs, the ones that suffer are the consumers who now have to deal with the poor call center performance from off-shored call centers.
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:06 AM
 
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I got a job here back in January, I came ahead of my husband who stayed in SC and looked for a job from afar. He's been looking since December, and he's in the IT field (there are a lot of IT jobs in DFW). Based on personal experience, it's very hard to find a job when you don't live here. He's been here about a month now and has finally gotten to a second interview at a company...fingers crossed! Depending on what your husband does, whoever makes the most $ should start looking for a job first and the most effective way to do that is to just move here.
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:06 PM
 
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Yea I Plan on moving to Plano, Texas sometime this year, I was wondering the same thing, Because i have two small children I was wondering was it better to leave them here with my family for a month while I get situated down there job and apt wise.I do have ALOT of call center/Technical support/customer service experience. I have a Computer Specialist Diploma right now.
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:34 PM
 
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I would certainly leave the kids with family and find a job first. If you don't have family or friends here who is going to keep the kids while you go on interviews. Daycare certainly is not cheap. I know it would be hard to leave he kids for a month but trust me when I say it would be a wise move. We have many people on my job who moved here when they were forced out of New Orleans after Katrina. I find there stories very interesting and have yet to meet one who says they are going to move back home. Save up enough money for about 4 months rent and then come on down. Find a well paying job may be difficult but finding one to pay the bills while looking for a decent paying one is not impossible. When I was laid off I chilled at home for 6 months and then started looking. I landed a job on my second interview.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:40 AM
 
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I got a job here back in January, I came ahead of my husband who stayed in SC and looked for a job from afar. He's been looking since December, and he's in the IT field (there are a lot of IT jobs in DFW). Based on personal experience, it's very hard to find a job when you don't live here. He's been here about a month now and has finally gotten to a second interview at a company...fingers crossed! Depending on what your husband does, whoever makes the most $ should start looking for a job first and the most effective way to do that is to just move here.
I lived about 2 hrs south of Dallas and even that short of a distance was very straining when trying to land the job I have now. I had 3 interviews with them so I drove up to Dallas 3 times, then when I got the job I had to drive from Waco to Dallas every Mon-Thurs for 3 weeks...leave at 5:30am, get home around 9pm... no bueno but it's all good now
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