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Old 10-09-2011, 09:43 AM
 
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Hello,

I was was wondering if anyone would know of any cities that have entry level it help desk or tech support positions. I have a degree in computer networking, and looking for jobs to get some experience. I moved to Dallas about 5 months ago, and have had no luck finding anything. I know this economy is pretty bad, but I'm also wondering if I am just in the wrong area. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-09-2011, 11:49 AM
 
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Dallas has a large telecommunications sector, so it seems that you'd definitely be able to find something there if you keep searching. Otherwise, I'd look at some other places in Texas (Austin, Houston). Outside of Texas, I'd look into Raleigh, NC.
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:10 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice.

Yes, I was thinking that I would be able to find something by now, I will look more into the telecommunications area. I actually didn't know that raleigh's job market was doing well. I have been hearing negative things about it. I have six more months, before my lease is up, so hopefully something will come up by then.
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Old 10-09-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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I wish you the best in your search!
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:52 PM
 
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I'd recommend checking out the Washington DC area, especially suburban Virginia although suburban Maryland has opportunity as well. The unemployment rate is 7.0% which is well below the national average and is lower in the suburbs although the whole area is counted as one. Areas to look at when job searching are Herndon, Chantilly, Reston, Manassas and Centreville in Virginia and Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville, Calverton and Columbia in Maryland. These are the high-tech concentrated areas in the DC metro. Good luck!
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:04 PM
 
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Thanks Kyle,

I thought about Washington, but it is so expensive to live up there. Do you know any cheaper states, where I could find entry level work.
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:06 PM
 
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I have already tried the college towns, didn't have much luck there.
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:31 PM
 
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Thanks Kyle,

I thought about Washington, but it is so expensive to live up there. Do you know any cheaper states, where I could find entry level work.
It is more expensive but salaries reflect the difference. You won't be paid a Texas salary in DC, which is how people currently working in those positions are able to get by.

If you really can't get past that concept I would recommend checking out some of the medium-sized cities with low unemployment rates. Lincoln, Nebraska and Omaha, Nebraska have unemployment rates at 3.6% and 4.6% respectively. Oklahoma City, OK is at 5.0%, Des Moines, IA is at 5.9% and Tulsa, OK is at 6.0%.

This may sound off the wall but Honolulu, HI is at 5.5% and it's really not that expensive there. Studio/1 bedroom apartments run around $1200 a month and with a 40K or better salary wouldn't be a bad deal. If I were young, single and unattached I would definitely consider it!
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:38 PM
 
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Cleveland OH has been hiring computer and tech people like crazy. I visited a job fair at Case Western Reserve last week and there must have been over 50 computer software companies looking to hire:

Cities with the Biggest Growth in Tech Jobs: No. 1 Cleveland - BusinessWeek
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