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Old 09-23-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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Good morning,

We are seriously considering a move to GR, but I am concerned about jobs. My fiance and I both have experience in our fields (good work ethic and we are not rude or mean people.) To be honest, we made a mistake moving from Detroit Metro to the Pacific NW. We just do not fit in here at all, the lifestyle and culture here is just not for us in the Pacific NW. We would be taking a big chance to move to GR, but this is not working where we are now, frankly we are not happy at all.

I am mostly concerned about finding a job, everything else looks great in the general GR area and a much better fit for us.

Any advice or thoughts on how long it takes to find a job in the area? I am looking for something in the area of an Executive Assistant or experienced Administrative role and my fiance is a very experienced and well rounded Quality Inspector/QC. Thank you in advance everyone, I wasn't sure where else to post such a question..
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Good morning,

We are seriously considering a move to GR, but I am concerned about jobs. My fiance and I both have experience in our fields (good work ethic and we are not rude or mean people.) To be honest, we made a mistake moving from Detroit Metro to the Pacific NW. We just do not fit in here at all, the lifestyle and culture here is just not for us in the Pacific NW. We would be taking a big chance to move to GR, but this is not working where we are now, frankly we are not happy at all.

I am mostly concerned about finding a job, everything else looks great in the general GR area and a much better fit for us.

Any advice or thoughts on how long it takes to find a job in the area? I am looking for something in the area of an Executive Assistant or experienced Administrative role and my fiance is a very experienced and well rounded Quality Inspector/QC. Thank you in advance everyone, I wasn't sure where else to post such a question..
Those are pretty specific fields. Have you tried searching jobs sites or LinkedIn to see what kind of results you get? The manufacturers are coming back a bit so they might be hiring QC people. Healthcare locally is never done hiring, ever.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:11 PM
 
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I used indeed.com when I was looking for jobs--I think it searches other sites for you. I also was looking for an experienced admin role and I think I started looking in July and got offered my job in August...but I would never recommend moving to a place without lining up a job first. As a matter of fact, for my job I had to go to request some information from the local unemployment office and it was packed and I mean packed in there. Real wake up call.
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:37 PM
 
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Thank you for your replies. Congratulations on the job notdeconcentrate. A month to find a job is not too bad, but bad enough while you are looking, isn't it? It took me over 4 months to find a job here in the Pacific NW, I am still with the same employer, but let's just say I have been actively trying to find something different for the past 2 years, no interviews. Maybe it worked out for the best as we are thinking of moving back to MI. At any rate, thank you very much for the advice everyone, it's appreciated.

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Old 10-01-2012, 05:55 AM
 
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You may wish to look at the Michigan Talent Bank also.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:40 PM
 
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I'll echo the indeed.com website (and smartphone app) for a job search. Healthcare (and all its related industries and needs) is huge here, so keep that in mind with your search. My husband and I had been planning on moving to the GR area for a while. It took me almost six months to land a job here. Everything came together in a two day period in August as I found a job and a house in a great neighborhood. Be persistent and follow up on every lead. It's worth the effort and the wait. Good luck to you!
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:53 PM
 
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The unemployment rate in the Grand Rapids area for August 2012 was 6.9% (couldn't find sept numbers, locals may not be released yet.) A number significantly lower than the National/Midwestern/State averages for the same time. Also Lower than the Pac NW. There are tons of jobs posted everyday on Careerbuilder, Craigslist, Snagajob, and many other sites. Pretty much in this area if you want a job you'll find one. If you have certifications or an education you'll find one even more quickly. As with anything job hunting may require you to think outside the box and sometimes accept a non-traditional position, but that's uncommon. One of the biggest myths about Grand Rapids economy is that it's bad, since 2010 it has outpaced the national economy, and for the last two decades has handily outpaced Michigan as a whole. The transition from a manufacturing based economy to a knowledge/services economy is evident.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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The unemployment rate in the Grand Rapids area for August 2012 was 6.9% (couldn't find sept numbers, locals may not be released yet.) A number significantly lower than the National/Midwestern/State averages for the same time. Also Lower than the Pac NW. There are tons of jobs posted everyday on Careerbuilder, Craigslist, Snagajob, and many other sites. Pretty much in this area if you want a job you'll find one. If you have certifications or an education you'll find one even more quickly. As with anything job hunting may require you to think outside the box and sometimes accept a non-traditional position, but that's uncommon. One of the biggest myths about Grand Rapids economy is that it's bad, since 2010 it has outpaced the national economy, and for the last two decades has handily outpaced Michigan as a whole. The transition from a manufacturing based economy to a knowledge/services economy is evident.
I think I might want to look for jobs in the Grand Rapids area. The unemployment rate in the Atlanta area is higher than in Grand Rapids. I wonder if there is anything for someone like me, with GIS skills, and a college degree in Geography?
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:55 AM
 
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I think I might want to look for jobs in the Grand Rapids area. The unemployment rate in the Atlanta area is higher than in Grand Rapids. I wonder if there is anything for someone like me, with GIS skills, and a college degree in Geography?
Maybe you can help the Grand Valley Metro Council with their Regis website. It's constantly not working right.

"gvmc-regis.org "
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:18 PM
 
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Maybe you can help the Grand Valley Metro Council with their Regis website. It's constantly not working right.

"gvmc-regis.org "
Thank you. I will look into it. I'm going to give the department a call tomorrow morning.
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