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Old 06-01-2014, 08:27 PM
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I work in SQL development. I got plenty of interviews for perm positions at major employers. I had always wanted to go into contract work for the 6-figure income and hourly rates.

If you are looking for white-collar jobs, they are in Dallas, Irving, Plano, and Richardson.

South side of DFW will have more blue-collar work.

You haven't provided very much info to advise on the best city for you.
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by BigDGeek View Post
If you like contracting forever, sure, the I.T. job market here is great.

Also, a lot of companies rotate their contractors so you'll finish a 12 to 18-month contract at company A, then company A refuses to employ you for 6-12 months so you have to find another contract at company B, then rotate back to company A if you want to because company B won't re-hire you for another 6-12 months, etc.

The company I work for is ending all of its long-term contracts; some contractors have been on contract 7-8 years. They're trying to convert some of them to perm. Some are refusing because they make more money as contractors and have a spouse with good health insurance; others are converting. But most jobs these days seem to be either contract or contract-to-hire. Not many direct hire positions out there. There are a bit more than there used to be, but still. I.T. is a race to the bottom. You'll be competing with Indian contractors everywhere you go, and some consulting firms like TCS and Wipro have some shops completely monopolized Moderator cut: unnecessary; a lot of them won't even call or e-mail you. If they do, expect them to immediately ask you for intrusive personal information, lowball you on the hourly rate, and be impossible to contact once they claim to have submitted you. OR, on the other hand, they might submit you for a job (without your consent or knowledge) for which you've already been submitted by another firm, ruining your chances of being considered for that position since double submission is basically the kiss of death when it comes to job-hunting in this field. If you think it can't happen to you, think again. It can, and probably will at some point.

Just stating facts. Sorry.
There is much truth to what you write here and this was our experience as well. My spouse was in the job search mode for 5 months or so (trying to get a permanent position after his consulting job ended) and had many of the same experiences you described. We also ran across some really unscrupulous recruiting firms as well....some quite flakey. Also forget professional courtesy with many of these recruiters or consulting firms. The folks he chatted with in some consulting shops were barely understandable and he got the feeling that he would be a piece of meat in an Indian sweatshop. It was pretty disheartening quite frankly. No thanks.

Fortunately he did get a permanent position after much effort. He finally linked up with a great recruiter who found his resume on one of the career sites. She was fantastic and really represented him for the position he finally got. It wasn't a cakewalk though and he was quite lucky to find her.

So yes, there seem to be tons of IT jobs but many of them are just as you describe.
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