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Old 06-05-2014, 10:17 AM
 
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My wife has posted here inquiring about several things because we've been thinking about relocating to the Plano area for the past few years since we have more family there than on the east coast now. We've lived in NJ for most of our lives and I've worked in NYC for the past 15+ years and in NJ before that. The cost of living, pace of life and the almost 2 hr commute (each way) is getting old. Now that I’m over 50, it’s more of a hassle than anything else. We've been to DFW a couple of times and have liked what we've seen and are ready to make the commitment but getting a job there is something I need to take care of first. I have a civil engineering background and have worked in construction mgmt. for a very large co. for many years, overseeing some really prestigious projects but they have me where they want me and I don’t feel like there is a great desire for them to always promote from within so I’m keeping my eyes open and focused on the Dallas area. I was wondering if anyone can speak to opportuniites in the metroplex for a senior level construction manager. I interviewed with a company there several months ago and they flew me out to meet with management and they said they want to bring me on board. Still haven’t heard anything so I’m thinking they probably went with a local person rather than bothering with the relocation hassle. I know it’s so important to have connections and network to get a job but it’s kind of hard to do that without living there. My wife and I have school aged children so we can’t just up and move without a job or a plan. I've sent out resumes to recruiters and have generated some interest but nothing great. I know a lot of companies are trying to hire new graduates but I don't intend on retiring anytime soon. I get calls all the time for NYC jobs but we really want to move. I don't need to work for a huge organization, and might prefer a medium sized one anyway, but I need some element of security in a company. Any suggestions? My wife says that she's gotten a lot of great information on this board (like schools, neighborhoods, etc) so I figured I'd try it. Thanks.
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:45 AM
 
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Is your experience in transportation industry? Construction Management careers in transportation are in high demand in all of Texas, especially North Texas. Things are changing rapidly and just like other states, TX does not have enough money for infrastructure to keep up with demand. However, they do a lot of innovative ways to deliver projects that you typically don't see in the rest of the country yet, concession projects, PPP etc. My advice would be to get your company to transfer you to Texas (since you mentioned you work for a large firm, I'm assuming the likes of Jacobs, CH2M Hill, AECOM etc.). If that's not possible just come down here. I don't think you will have any trouble finding work in a reasonable time
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:11 AM
 
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Thanks for your reply. I have heard that but highway and roadway construction is outside of my area of expertise. I've focused on building renovations (core and shell, high end interiors, mechanical systems). I've worked on jobs for major hospital research centers, Madison Square Garden, NYU, Citibroup, etc. mostly doing infrastructure and interior renovation. I had thought of asking about a transfer with my present co but they're not that big in DFW and it might prove the kiss of death if they know I really want to relocate.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:19 AM
 
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You might try getting in touch with some of your contacts at competitor companies which have regional offices in Dallas. Tap the resources you have. Reach out to your current network and ask them to put you in touch with any contacts they might have in Dallas. Several big ones were mentioned above. I would add Turner to the list.

I found it really difficult to break in and even get a call back for positions I was very qualified for without any local network. Could be a non-Texas degree, could be those automated filtering programs all of the big firms love to use. I swear, I have never been asked so often where I went to school! You might want to step up participation in a professional group. ASCE? Get in contact with their regional chapters. They often have job postings internally. Or just reach out to the officers and ask for help. Not necessarily ask them for a job, but ask for advice on how to target your search.

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Old 06-05-2014, 11:29 AM
 
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You might try getting in touch with some of your contacts at competitor companies which have regional offices in Dallas. Tap the resources you have. Reach out to your current network and ask them to put you in touch with any contacts they might have in Dallas. Several big ones were mentioned above. I would add Turner to the list.

I found it really difficult to break in and even get a call back for positions I was very qualified for without any local network. Could be a non-Texas degree, could be those automated filtering programs all of the big firms love to use. I swear, I have never been asked so often where I went to school! You might want to step up participation in a professional group. ASCE? Get in contact with their regional chapters. They often have job postings internally. Or just reach out to the officers and ask for help. Not necessarily ask them for a job, but ask for advice on how to target your search.

Network network network!
That's true about your school. Almost 80% of TxDOT engineers and all their leadership went to Texas A&M. Its a good ol'boy network.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:32 AM
 
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Thanks for your reply. I have heard that but highway and roadway construction is outside of my area of expertise. I've focused on building renovations (core and shell, high end interiors, mechanical systems). I've worked on jobs for major hospital research centers, Madison Square Garden, NYU, Citibroup, etc. mostly doing infrastructure and interior renovation. I had thought of asking about a transfer with my present co but they're not that big in DFW and it might prove the kiss of death if they know I really want to relocate.
You may want to look into Nevada, Las Vegas in particular. Now that their economy is recovering, there are starting many mega projects that were stalled for years. e-g Asian firm to build new mega-casino on Vegas Strip - Las Cruces Sun-News
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Old 06-05-2014, 06:16 PM
 
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I will try some of those suggestions. Thanks. If we plan on moving our family, we'd like to stick with Dallas since we have relatives there. I love the idea of moving to Las Vegas to take advantage of the new growth but that probably isn't an option. We like Dallas for several reasons, one being the amount of universities available since our kids are heading to middle school and college will be here before we know it.
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