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Old 05-28-2009, 06:23 PM
 
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I am looking to move to Dallas from WI. Wanted to get some idea bout the job market especially the IT job market out in Dallas? Is Dallas a stable market and is the place good for professionals like me and my wife who are computer specialists.

Also do you which are good places to live for familes. We do not have jobs there in Dallas but plan to move there and then look for jobs. We shall ofcourse hold to the jobs in WI till we get the same which I do not think should take more than 2 months or so.

Anyone has any idea f hwo the job market compares for Dallas with Atlanta?
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Old 05-28-2009, 08:14 PM
 
Location: The Village
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I would NOT plan to move here and then look for jobs. Texas hasn't been hit as hard as the rest of the country but that doesn't mean that it's booming. Most companies are contracting and not hiring. I would absolutely make sure I had employment before I left my current job. I believe Dallas is better off than Atlanta but it's by no means a huge difference. IT is not in the greatest shape right now with the exception of Apple, so I would be wary unless I already had an offer.

Also, the DFW metroplex is so large that I would not purchase before I knew where my job would be. "Good places to live for families" can describe about 3000 square miles of territory here. Once you know where you are working, it would be easier to give recommendations based on the commute and your children's needs. I would suggest renting in a central location like North Dallas before I purchased if I were looking for a job.
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Old 05-28-2009, 08:31 PM
 
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Default Run away from Dallas

Spouse has been unemployed since September 08 and has churned out about 2000 resumes (including finally Chipoltes, a dishwasher, etc.) and still not finding work (overqualified, not the right personality, etc.). The IT market is dreadful at best. There is a long line of people waiting for IT jobs and many of these unemployed (or just not employed---meaning without unemployment benefits) have flooded here from other states because there was some false advertising about how great the Dallas market is! Currently my spouse has 4 friends out of work...all IT. Many companies like Neiman Marcus, IBM, etc. are outsourcing jobs to India as we speak! The market may open up, but when it does there are many on the waiting list (city of 4 million in Dallas alone--not that 4 mill will be flooding the market, but I believe the unemployment rate in this area was like 9%....conservative number...so not a good outlook) that will be flooding the market with resumes. I believe there may be a few more jobs avaliable than a month ago, but the jobless rate is still highest it has been in 30 years. I know people that have found jobs here have found them out of networking with other people they already knew.

My advice for now is keep what you have and be very glad you have it. Check back in a year or two.

PS Trugreen lawn care had a job fair with approx 700 or so people for only 50 positions. Cosco had a job fair with guys wearing ties lined up outside the building looking for any job to earn some money. There was a relocation company that had a job fair and paying 20K a year and all of these people were former IT, execs, bankers, etc. (professionals) looking for a job paying 20K! It is not good (unless you work for a company that assists companies with outsourcing...then you are fluorishing in this market!

Hopefully someone has some good news...I look forward to hearing about it.
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Old 06-02-2009, 11:21 PM
 
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Depends on what you know and how much. I work in IT here and actually just changed fields from graphic design, about a year ago. There are 3rd party companies out here that are making a killing right now because no one wants to pay the premium to have internal employees, but you can't fix EVERYTHING remotely. So we're working a very very hybrid system of remote/onsite employees and we're doing a very good job. I have a friend who keeps bouncing from job to job, he got fired 2 months ago and has already had 3 different jobs since then, none of which he liked. So yea, if you're a superstar, you'll get a job, it's not like we're waiting in soup lines.
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I'm going to echo what theloneranger and gdub have said. Don't come until after you have a job lined up. There are jobs. I know from personal experience. There's also a TON of competition for those jobs.

Your resume and your interviewing skills have to be nearly perfect to make it past the first round. Little mistakes that used to be overlooked will now derail you completely.

Look good, speak well, and be on top of your game. It's not just about what you know. How you present that knowledge can make all the difference in the world.
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