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Old 03-18-2013, 04:54 PM
 
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I have moved to Fort Collins about six months months ago thinking that I would be able to land a job in my field ( with many, many years of experience)with no problem. Man was I wrong. I can't help but feel age discrimination is playing a large part. I understand that for many of these jobs I am overqualified, but that doesn't explain the super low wages in comparison to the cost of living. Rent for a decent two bedroom ranges between 1050-1700! Those are beach prices!!!! Don't get me wrong, Fort Collins is a very beautiful town and fairly safe place to live. I would love to hear others opinions and let me know if you too have felt discriminated against. I am shocked at the number of adults I've met ( 30's-40's) that must rely on roommates in order to survive.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Eastern Colorado
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You know people on this and other boards used to attack me and others for saying the same thing, but yet it is the truth, jobs are hard to find and pay lower wages for the honor of working in Fort Collins then any job I have seen in Colorado or in the midwest as a whole.

Fact is know plenty of people that work 60+ hours on a full time and part time job, or commute 45+ minutes to other areas where the jobs pay better. Personally I came back to Fort Collins as an adult to finish my school, and ended up stuck here as my daughter is severely autistic and the programs in the schools have down amazing things for her. So I was forced to commute to the the east part of Greeley to earn a living wage as an accountant, now I work in Denver as a mortgage banker as the pay plan was considerably better then what I could get in Fort Collins, I often see my kids for an hour or two per day, and Saturday late evening, and Sundays. for my daughter it is worth it too my wife and I, for someone with other real options I would stay away from Fort Collins, there are many better options around the country.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:55 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Well.... Consider there are over 10,000 EX employees And their well educated families from previous employ with HP, Kodak, Storage Tech, IBM, ATT ... AND everyone wants to stay around... = MANY great employees, few positions and LOTS of competition and wage (downward) pressure.

I have well educated local friends who have been under-employed for 30 yrs. (If that is any consolation). Imagine going from $100k+ engineering jobs to sacking groceries... It has happened...
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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My buddy, whom just moved back to CA don't know why, was working a remote sales job in FC and commuting to Denver every 2 weeks for 1 day, sales meetings and stuff. He liked it but when we got sacked he moved back to CA and he can't find work there either plus the COL is much higher.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:01 PM
 
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I agree with you, I moved to Fort Collins to finish my degree in nutrition and work as a nutritionist. I am from MI and nutritionists get paid a decent wage there but in Fort Collins there are so many nutritionists that they are offered 8/hour at most places with a science degree!! Insulting, especially when the rent is 1200-1500 for a modest two bedroom for our family.

Denver has a lot more opportunities and even though people say it is more expensive because it is a bigger city, I have found nice and cheaper places to rent, although the COL is a lot more expensive in Denver.

I am close to finishing my masters degree and started job hunting and there are no jobs which is disappointing but there are a fair amount in Denver. I think this is a great college town but unless you are in certain fields such as engineering, it is hard to find a job here. That is just my opinion and there could be many other fields that are employable but not in the nutrition/public health field.

Last edited by lucidow; 03-21-2013 at 02:02 PM.. Reason: typos
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Eastern Colorado
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How is the cost of living more expensive in the Denver metro area then they are in Fort Collins? The gas prices are within a couple of cents per gallon either way, the grocery stores are cheaper in Denver, the utilities are basically the same, rent for comparable places is lower in Denver, the only thing even slightly higher that I see is that the sales tax is slightly higher in some areas of the metro area, yet jobs pay considerably more in Denver.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:58 PM
 
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Lemmy1973 - Your original post is worded as though I wrote it! Especially about the job situation, wages, and possible age discrimination. Even down to the time of relocating. Hang in there. Good luck and best of wishes to you.
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:41 PM
 
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jwiley-I apologize. I guess I assumed. I know food and drinks are a lot more expensive when you go out but I really have no other comparison. I may have been wrong and I have never lived in Denver.
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Fort Collins, CO
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I totally agree with you. I am 50+ and moved to Ft. Collins four years ago. I commute 100 miles per day so that I can earn a respectable salary. I have been trying over the past few years to find work closer to Ft. Collins, but I cannot accept a 50% or more cut in pay. I have had numerous telephone interviews, and have been told over the phone that my skills, qualifications, and experiences are perfect for the position; however, when I go for the face-to-face interview, it's obvious from their initial reaction that they are expecting someone much younger. There's obviously age discrimination here. There are more jobs and better salaries closer to Denver.
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