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Old 01-06-2011, 07:45 AM
Location: Durham, NC (Ballantyne/Charlotte in Sep)
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As most here know I'm a transplant from Virginia. I've been here for 8 months and have had a hard time finding gainful full-time employment. For the time being I'm working a part-time job on Ft. Knox which hopefully is temporary.

Last night, I'm talking to a co-worker who happens to be new to the area and is a military wife. She shared with me that she had unsuccessfully tried to find employment closer to home in Elizabethtown. Her explanation is that she got the feeling that employers in Hardin County would prefer to go with natives of the area over military wives (and husbands) who they know are going to be gone in couple of years or other transplants (such as myself.)

I really slept on this and I think that could possibly be one reason why I haven't been able to find solid employment in the area. I usually mention in my interviews that I plan to graduate college in late 2011. I could see most employers thinking "he'll bolt as soon as he graduates."

In your experience, do transplants have a harder time finding employment?
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:17 AM
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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Don't underestimate the effect of the poor economy. I think everyone is having a hard time right now. Having said that, I can see an employer giving priority to a local, long-term resident over a military spouse who may only be here a year or two.

First, they've known the local resident for years. They go to the same church, their kids have been on the same soccer team, they went to the same high school, etc. Second, as an employer, I know that the first year of an employee is almost wasted, just bringing them up to speed. So if I have someone I know is going to be gone in two years, naturally I prefer someone who will be there longer. Plus a local employee knows lots of other locals that may become customers of mine through that local employee.

So I don't think any prejudice is simply because you are an "outsider." There are other factors involved.
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