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Old 08-05-2015, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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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.
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Old 08-05-2015, 09:20 AM
 
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I think Denver is for you, also weed is legal
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Old 08-05-2015, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Lancaster, CA / Henderson, NV
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Having spent more time than I would like in the Denver suburbs recently, that might be a better option for you. I swear that 75% of the store fronts I passed, had help wanted signs up. Everything from fast food to medical offices.
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Old 08-05-2015, 09:37 AM
 
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Go to Denver.
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Old 08-05-2015, 09:38 AM
 
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CAB...yeah, I am encouraged by Denver's economy. Curious, why was your time in the Denver suburbs more than you would like? We are aiming at Colorado Springs, so while I am mainly seeking LV advice, I welcome inputs on CO as well. Thanks.

ginguy...weed is not for me, but I am curious what the legal marijuana culture is like.
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Old 08-05-2015, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Make sure you consider climate, as Denver and Las Vegas are polar opposites.

Regarding employment, Las Vegas is a city of 2,000,000. There are obviously jobs outside the casinos. Only speaking to my own personal experience, I moved here a little over 2 years with me, and brought my sales job with me. I looked for a better opportunity here, sent out 3 resumes, got 3 callbacks, 2 offers, and accepted the one I felt was best for me, with a higher base pay and commission structure than I had previously with my New England-based company.

Others do not have the same opportunities. I have heard that low wages are prevalent. I have heard that it can take months to find the RIGHT job for you (obviously, there are 1000s of jobs, but it is up to you to select one that works for you).

It depends on skillset, timing, etc. You don't need "juice" to get a position in many companies. You DO need "juice" to get the lucrative jobs in the casinos.
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Old 08-05-2015, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Lancaster, CA / Henderson, NV
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CAB...yeah, I am encouraged by Denver's economy. Curious, why was your time in the Denver suburbs more than you would like?
I don't like dying family members and I don't like cold weather, both of which I had to deal with for the vast majority of this past winter and spring. I like going to visit family in Denver between late August - mid September. Otherwise, it just isn't for me.
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Old 08-05-2015, 09:50 AM
 
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ginguy...weed is not for me, but I am curious what the legal marijuana culture is like.
Then you should post that question in the Denver C-D forum. You've curiously only posted in the Las Vegas forum. You surely plan to do your due diligence on Denver as well and not just take the word of Las Vegas C-D forum as to where to relocate, right . . .
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Old 08-05-2015, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Then you should post that question in the Denver C-D forum. You've curiously only posted in the Las Vegas forum. You surely plan to do your due diligence on Denver as well and not just take the word of Las Vegas C-D forum as to where to relocate, right . . .
I am mainly seeking information on the Las Vegas area, specifically regarding employment. My curiosity about Colorado's legal marijuana is a minor thought process, and of little consequence. Was just responding to your comment. I know people in the Denver area, and have explored our options there for awhile, as her job offer has been on the table longer. The LV offer is a new development, and I am hoping to learn more about what to expect from its seemingly struggling economy. I would like to make the LV option happen, but want to be realistic too. Thanks.
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Old 08-05-2015, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Make sure you consider climate, as Denver and Las Vegas are polar opposites.

Regarding employment, Las Vegas is a city of 2,000,000. There are obviously jobs outside the casinos. Only speaking to my own personal experience, I moved here a little over 2 years with me, and brought my sales job with me. I looked for a better opportunity here, sent out 3 resumes, got 3 callbacks, 2 offers, and accepted the one I felt was best for me, with a higher base pay and commission structure than I had previously with my New England-based company.

Others do not have the same opportunities. I have heard that low wages are prevalent. I have heard that it can take months to find the RIGHT job for you (obviously, there are 1000s of jobs, but it is up to you to select one that works for you).

It depends on skillset, timing, etc. You don't need "juice" to get a position in many companies. You DO need "juice" to get the lucrative jobs in the casinos.

Weather is a factor, but either would be OK with me. Both will have ups/downs, that I can manage. Should've included, that she'd probably prefer the warmth of Vegas. However, the wealth of sunshine in Colorado is OK with her too!
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