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Old 10-15-2011, 07:31 PM
 
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I'm currently in Austin and have found that all the talk about a good job market is crap. What US cities are the best for entry level jobs that require no experience? I'm very close to having an MA in a liberal arts field. I also want there to be as little competition for these jobs as possible.
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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So you moved to Austin/Texas without a job lined up first?

Who's fault is that?
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:40 PM
 
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I'm currently in Austin and have found that all the talk about a good job market is crap. What US cities are the best for entry level jobs that require no experience? I'm very close to having an MA in a liberal arts field. I also want there to be as little competition for these jobs as possible.
I have bad news for you, there are none.

Learn how to network.
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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I'm currently in Austin and have found that all the talk about a good job market is crap. What US cities are the best for entry level jobs that require no experience? I'm very close to having an MA in a liberal arts field. I also want there to be as little competition for these jobs as possible.
This isn't rocket science; Austin is more of a high tech city.

Good luck with finding a job right now with a liberal arts degree. With no experience, you're going to have lots of competition wherever you go with the economy being the way it is.
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:16 PM
 
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I'm currently in Austin and have found that all the talk about a good job market is crap. What US cities are the best for entry level jobs that require no experience? I'm very close to having an MA in a liberal arts field. I also want there to be as little competition for these jobs as possible.
Yeah, that forgot to mention all the positive job growth in Austin calls upon the ability to operate a cash register and talk into a drive-thru intercom simultaneously.

I would perhaps NOT start in areas where the young/progressive are flocking to, the usual suspects like NY, DC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, blahblah. Instead I would recommend perhaps checking out thriving medium-sized cities that tend to fall under the bi-coastal radar. Some examples of cities not overrun by new graduates are Omaha which has a 4.6% unemployment rate, Oklahoma City is at 5.0%, Des Moines is at 5.9%, Tulsa is at 6.0%, Minneapolis-St Paul is at 6.7%, Salt Lake City is at 7.4%, Pittsburgh is at 7.8% and Cleveland is at 8.0%. Bear in mind the national average is now above 9.0%. Good luck!
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Old 10-15-2011, 10:28 PM
 
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I'm currently in Austin and have found that all the talk about a good job market is crap. What US cities are the best for entry level jobs that require no experience? I'm very close to having an MA in a liberal arts field. I also want there to be as little competition for these jobs as possible.
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So you moved to Austin/Texas without a job lined up first?

Who's fault is that?
I moved from San Marcos to Austin while finishing a Master Thesis for Texas State, that isn't exactly the same as moving cross country without a job,

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Yeah, that forgot to mention all the positive job growth in Austin calls upon the ability to operate a cash register and talk into a drive-thru intercom simultaneously.

I would perhaps NOT start in areas where the young/progressive are flocking to, the usual suspects like NY, DC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, blahblah. Instead I would recommend perhaps checking out thriving medium-sized cities that tend to fall under the bi-coastal radar. Some examples of cities not overrun by new graduates are Omaha which has a 4.6% unemployment rate, Oklahoma City is at 5.0%, Des Moines is at 5.9%, Tulsa is at 6.0%, Minneapolis-St Paul is at 6.7%, Salt Lake City is at 7.4%, Pittsburgh is at 7.8% and Cleveland is at 8.0%. Bear in mind the national average is now above 9.0%. Good luck!
Thanks so much for the good advice. Omaha may not be an ideal place to live, but a 4.6% unemployment rate sounds good.
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Old 10-15-2011, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Louisiana to Houston to Denver to NOVA
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Bar tender or waiter in NOLA.
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Old 10-16-2011, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Have you thought about doing a PhD and going into academia? Are you dead-set on a 9-5 job?

If you just want a job, they're desperate to hire workers (in all industries) in Williston, North Dakota, because of the oil boom. The problem will be finding housing -- there is virtually none, and anything you will find will be absurdly expensive. You could also try smaller Midwestern cities like Marshall, MN (3.5% U.E. rate) and Mankato, MN (5.0% U.E. rate). There isn't a lot to do in these towns compared to large cities, but you'll be able to get a job.
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Old 10-16-2011, 12:30 AM
 
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Perhaps places like Sioux Falls SD, Fargo ND, Cheyenne WY or major college towns.

You could also try metros in Upstate NY. All of them are under the national average in unemployment and in terms of overall cost of living. This is the case while there are also some up and coming/trendy areas in most of the metros and are close to world class cities in the US and Canada. If you like nature and the outdoors, there are plenty of options within a pretty short drive. This might help: Central New York Jobs

New York's Creative Core

Here's some more good info.: Unemployment Rates for Metropolitan Areas
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Old 10-16-2011, 12:35 AM
 
Location: The City
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If you are ambivilent to location. Look everywhere, wherever you gain experience that meets your background best will open up future doors. Why limit to a city with opportunities and look for the opportunity and let that dicate the city if you have no real preference on location to live.
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