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Old 08-17-2015, 09:41 PM
 
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My boyfriend and I are also considering moving to Vegas. We are heading out there in a few weeks for job fairs and to check out a few neighborhoods we have been researching online.

Does anyone have any experience with job fairs in Vegas? (We are going to one at Palace Station and Suncoast) I haven't been able to find out much info, but what very little info I did find was mixed (but I'm an optimist!)

He has 5+ years security experience at pharmaceutical and medical labs, as well as valet experience at high end/luxury Boston hotels. I am a Marketing Manager. I have marketing experience for sports radio, insurance agencies, and preschools (to name a few)

not trying to make it sound like a sales pitch here, just wondering what you think of job fairs (or Vegas employment as a whole) with our industries and experience in mind.

Thank you!

Last edited by tayla014; 08-17-2015 at 09:43 PM.. Reason: I wanted to make sure I was polite :)
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Old 08-18-2015, 09:25 PM
 
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My boyfriend and I are also considering moving to Vegas. We are heading out there in a few weeks for job fairs and to check out a few neighborhoods we have been researching online.

Does anyone have any experience with job fairs in Vegas? (We are going to one at Palace Station and Suncoast) I haven't been able to find out much info, but what very little info I did find was mixed (but I'm an optimist!)

He has 5+ years security experience at pharmaceutical and medical labs, as well as valet experience at high end/luxury Boston hotels. I am a Marketing Manager. I have marketing experience for sports radio, insurance agencies, and preschools (to name a few)

not trying to make it sound like a sales pitch here, just wondering what you think of job fairs (or Vegas employment as a whole) with our industries and experience in mind.

Thank you!
Lots of security jobs. Try Taco Bell Tropicana and Maryland Parkway!
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Old 08-19-2015, 03:50 PM
 
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Yes, but you'll need either a Sheriff's Guard card or a PILB license.
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Old 08-20-2015, 01:53 AM
 
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Hey everyone. I read these forums often, but have never posted. I've scoured the Las Vegas boards and have found a lot of useful information/advice. However, I am trying to make a major decision and am hoping to get current and specific insights.

My wife has been offered two very good job opportunities, one in the Denver area, and one in Las Vegas. Of the two jobs, the one in Vegas is better for her (better pay, no state tax, better fit colleague-wise, no commute, etc). She likes what she has seen of Vegas and I would like to give her the chance to take this job. I can see myself living there, but I am alarmed at the unemployment rate (49th in US) , tales of hospitality being the only game in town, and the "need to know someone" vibe. While she will be happy and we wouldn't be broke, losing my income will obviously hurt our finances and life plans. I want her to have this chance, but don't want to sacrifice what we're building either.

About me...currently live in MD (just outside DC) and I work in higher education. Have about 20 years of experience in assorted industries. I have a bachelors in business admin and an MBA. I'm in my late 30's, and am average looking....so I doubt I'll be coveted for the gaming/hospitality industry's frontline positions, and I am cool with that. I have worked retail before, and am not really looking to end up in a service position again anyways...at least not longterm. I am open to many industries, but does anyone think there's much opportunity outside of the casinos? I keep seeing that advanced education is not really that beneficial in LV, and who you know matters. Plus, I am not seeing much from UNLV or the other higher ed institutions there.

On the other hand, the Denver area is in much better shape economically (CO unemployment is 14th), has an influx of entrepreneurial ventures, has a thriving and expansive higher ed system and is not an isolated valley. I am MUCH more confident in finding a job there than Vegas. Cost of living is comparable, minus the state tax deal. And her job in CO would not be terrible, but it does mean taking the lesser position.

My bottom line, do I have much of a chance of finding a professional position with a minimum salary of $40-50K in Las Vegas? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks so much!


PS....some more about me, in case it's relevant. Generally Democrat-leaning but not overly political, no plans for kids, enjoy the outdoors, gamble recreationally but not a major hobby, have lived in Phoenix so can relate to the heat, been to Vegas on vacation a few times.
I love Denver and will move back in the hopefully not too distant future, but lets be honest here. There is absolutely no comparison in the cost of living if you include housing. My house in Vegas would easily cost double in a decent suburb, triple inside Denver city limits. There are no cheap suburban options worth living in. My house in Vegas is a 4br with over 2000sf, in Denver I had a 1100sf condo. If I rented the condo it would go for almost the same as renting my house.

The income tax isnt that big a deal, its real but it's not going to change your lifestyle. Property and other taxes are very comparable. Commuting is much tougher in Denver due to traffic, especially on the 10-15 days a year snow causes issues. If you can take the train then commuting is easy. Job market is more dynamic, but it's not a land of endless opportunity in Denver. The quality of life is drawing in the hordes and they are very educated with good experience, its not hard to get someone to relocate there compared to Vegas where a lot of people just won't even consider the city. Dont pay attention to unemployment rates, if you have a degree and experience in any kind of growing field you can just as easily find a good paying job in Vegas.

No matter all that I would gladly pay more and deal with the traffic to live in Denver, but that is purely a lifestyle decision for the amenities it offers. I probably would focus more on that since it sounds like you could afford to live in either.
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:59 PM
 
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I also wanted to say that the cost of living between the two is nowhere near close. Colorado is expensive but Denver moreso than Colo Springs. It's difficult to purchase a house and Denver is quickly becoming the next San Francisco. Rents are very high and there is a lot of competition. You will pay triple to rent in Denver and at least double to rent in Colorado Springs vs. Vegas and at least double for a house. You would have better luck in Colo Springs. The crime rate in Colo Springs is probably similar to Vegas. There aren't as many jobs in Colo Springs as in Denver but the job market is good. The Colorado economy is extremely strong and always has been stable all things considered. It is true that in Colorado the seasons are winter and construction. The legalization of Marijuana has done amazing things for the state. There isn't really a Marijuana culture. Millions of dollars have been pumped into the education system, roads, economy from Marijuana sales. The voters have to vote to decide what to do with the excess marijuana tax money. It will either be refunded to the residents or put back into the education system/roads, etc. Sometimes the state smells like weed but really you can just say it smells like money, education, economical strength.

In Vegas you could probably live fine on one income but in Colorado you most likely will need two incomes.

What do you like to do for fun? There is nothing to do in Colorado unless you lIke the outdoors. If you like to ski, hike, snowboard, kayak, there are many beautiful places to do those things. But if you are not an outdoorsy or extreme sport type of person you will have absolutely nothing to do.

It really just depends on what you're looking for.
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Old 08-20-2015, 10:10 PM
 
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Yes, I have compared the job markets in CO to LV. There's really no comparison....CO has many more opportunities and a healthier outlook. But, since the opportunity for my wife is better, I am doing my due diligence (this board is an element of that) to see if LV is worthwhile. The numbers and comments I've seen don't paint a rosy picture of LV, so I am seeing if there's more to it by asking locals. Unfortunately, my network does not include many folks who have spent significant time in NV.

And yeah, my industry/qualifications/efforts will affect my success, but when I am hearing that there are limited industries/quality positions and a glut of applicants, it concerns me. We will have her income and other resources to keep us afloat, so we will not be destitute. However, we have career and financial aspirations that we would prefer not be derailed by a lengthy stint on unemployment.
I would really take into account just how much better your wife's opportunity is in Vegas vs. Colo Springs. If It's say 20 or 30% better vs. 60 to 70% better, does that justify the lack of opportunities you face?
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Old 08-20-2015, 10:22 PM
 
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REALLY? Having lived in both places I'd say they are quite similar!


Denver ISN'T in the mountains...is actually drier on your skin due to the altitude and while LV get a bit hotter in the hot times and Denver colder in the cold times most of the time they are withing 6-10 degrees of each other.

Denver has a way worse drug/gang problem than LV....like LV Denver has been pretty good about keeping that quiet.
If you work in the City of Denver you will also pay a city income tax along with state and Federal!

The only thing Denver beats LV on is that you can buy lottery tickets here.
I agree with you on how the temperatures seem similar. Denver is so much closer to the sun that 90 degrees easily feels like 100. I disagree however that Denver has a worse gang/drug problem. I do feel Colo Springs is worse than Denver but I think Vegas is much worse. The city tax is a very small amount. The free trash and recycling service in Denver more than makes up for it.

But for the real issue here, you can't purchase lotto tickets in Las Vegas?
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Old 08-21-2015, 01:37 PM
 
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What do you like to do for fun? There is nothing to do in Colorado unless you lIke the outdoors. If you like to ski, hike, snowboard, kayak, there are many beautiful places to do those things. But if you are not an outdoorsy or extreme sport type of person you will have absolutely nothing to do.

It really just depends on what you're looking for.
This is just such utter nonsense. Really you think there is nothing to do in an area with 3 million people around? There is little in and around Denver you cant do. Most people in Denver get up into nature once in awhile but very few spend all their free time in the outdoors, most are city people doing city things.
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Old 08-21-2015, 01:40 PM
 
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Denver is so much closer to the sun that 90 degrees easily feels like 100.

You should drop everything and move to Las Vegas. You're going to fit in GREAT here.
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Old 08-21-2015, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Pahrump, NV
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But for the real issue here, you can't purchase lotto tickets in Las Vegas?

you can't purchase lotto tickets in the state of nevada - gotta go to a neighboring state to play the lotto & fortunately, the majority of our towns on close to state lines
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