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Old 05-10-2013, 01:46 PM
 
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Hi forum,

I guess this is one for the tech guys and girls; programmers and such.

First of all, my apologies if there's already a similar thread. Please feel free to send me over there.

My family and I are moving to Louisville, KY this fall. While I will stay at my current job for now, I will be looking for new employment in the Louisville-area in the next 6 months or so.

I'm looking for a software engineering job, preferably in web-based technologies and R&D. The problem is - even though Louisville seems to get some good press when it comes to start ups, judging from what is posted on sites like Monster, Indeed or Dice, IT job opportunities are modest; definitely nothing compared to the glut in more established tech-poles. My same web searches yield 3-5 the number of openings when I switch the location to cities of a similar size like Austin, Denver, Nashville.... Maybe an unfair comparison, but still, reality. Anyway, I am also not familiar at all with the IT ecosystem in the area, I might be looking in all the wrong places.

So I am trying to compile a list of desirable companies to work for, places that I can cold call; even though they might not have openings now, they might have one 6 months from now. If you have any insights in what are some of the 'it'-places in Louisville where techies look for work - startups or established large companies, please post them here. Please do the same if you have any pointers to other resources like accelerator websites, regional networking organizations, a good local blogger on the topic, thinks like that. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

That said, I'm looking forward to moving. I know the city quite well for a tourist; I have spent many holidays there over the past 10 years. It's a great city, it has a lot of appeal, difficult to describe. Just a little worried about the IT job market, about finding a fulfilling job at an honest salary. In that respect, I fail to see the whole 'low cost of living' as an asset for the city. If anything, it sounds like code for low wages. Anyway, that's a little beside the point here, but couldn't help it . Also, if you have any personal experiences of looking for a tech job in Louisville that you think are relevant (maybe you're an out of towner too), do share them as well. I'd be curious to hear about them.

thanks a lot!
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, KY
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There are several smaller companies that do the type of work you mentioned, but no major ones that I'm aware of. That being said, quite a few of the major corporations in Louisville have large IT departments to develop programs and systems for internal use. Humana, UPS and GE are several that rapidly come to mind, but I'm sure there are many others.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:19 AM
 
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Hi forum,

I guess this is one for the tech guys and girls; programmers and such.

First of all, my apologies if there's already a similar thread. Please feel free to send me over there.

My family and I are moving to Louisville, KY this fall. While I will stay at my current job for now, I will be looking for new employment in the Louisville-area in the next 6 months or so.

I'm looking for a software engineering job, preferably in web-based technologies and R&D. The problem is - even though Louisville seems to get some good press when it comes to start ups, judging from what is posted on sites like Monster, Indeed or Dice, IT job opportunities are modest; definitely nothing compared to the glut in more established tech-poles. My same web searches yield 3-5 the number of openings when I switch the location to cities of a similar size like Austin, Denver, Nashville.... Maybe an unfair comparison, but still, reality. Anyway, I am also not familiar at all with the IT ecosystem in the area, I might be looking in all the wrong places.

So I am trying to compile a list of desirable companies to work for, places that I can cold call; even though they might not have openings now, they might have one 6 months from now. If you have any insights in what are some of the 'it'-places in Louisville where techies look for work - startups or established large companies, please post them here. Please do the same if you have any pointers to other resources like accelerator websites, regional networking organizations, a good local blogger on the topic, thinks like that. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

That said, I'm looking forward to moving. I know the city quite well for a tourist; I have spent many holidays there over the past 10 years. It's a great city, it has a lot of appeal, difficult to describe. Just a little worried about the IT job market, about finding a fulfilling job at an honest salary. In that respect, I fail to see the whole 'low cost of living' as an asset for the city. If anything, it sounds like code for low wages. Anyway, that's a little beside the point here, but couldn't help it . Also, if you have any personal experiences of looking for a tech job in Louisville that you think are relevant (maybe you're an out of towner too), do share them as well. I'd be curious to hear about them.

thanks a lot!
I heard that Indatus is expanding...they are building a new headquarters. It is still a small IT company. There are probably more jobs than you think, but the knock on Louisville is definitely the lack of high paying jobs....if there were more it would be booming like Austin. As you state, its tough to say what the draw is, but all the amenities are definitely there.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:45 AM
 
Location: downtown phoenix
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I know several people in i.t. with humana and they are always hiring the qualified.
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:51 AM
 
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I know several people in i.t. with humana and they are always hiring the qualified.
Very true. They are probably one of the best bets
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:54 AM
 
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thanks for the replies.

I'll be checking out these places. I've heard of Humana before, and checked out their site. They indeed seem to be looking for IT people ... I'd never heard of Indatus, but seems like an interesting place to work and they're hiring too. thanks again.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:17 PM
 
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I'm in a similar situation. I'm a tech person (software developer) hoping to move to Louisville to be closer to family. I've done research on companies and neighborhoods and I'm pretty sure it's the right move for me. I'm just wondering how to approach the job search. Right now I'm in the DC Area (Northern VA) with a stable job. I'd really like to have something lined up in Lousiville before moving. I'm just concerned I'll get stuck in the dilemma of "can't get a job there if you're not local/can't get an address there if you don't have job there". Should I try applying for jobs or looking for housing first? Unfortunately, I have no direct connections in Louisville that can help me (the family I moving to be close to is actually in Owensboro, but there aren't any jobs for me there.) It would be helpful to know if there are any companies/recruiters there who would be receptive to out-of-town candidates.
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:51 PM
 
Location: downtown phoenix
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I'm in a similar situation. I'm a tech person (software developer) hoping to move to Louisville to be closer to family. I've done research on companies and neighborhoods and I'm pretty sure it's the right move for me. I'm just wondering how to approach the job search. Right now I'm in the DC Area (Northern VA) with a stable job. I'd really like to have something lined up in Lousiville before moving. I'm just concerned I'll get stuck in the dilemma of "can't get a job there if you're not local/can't get an address there if you don't have job there". Should I try applying for jobs or looking for housing first? Unfortunately, I have no direct connections in Louisville that can help me (the family I moving to be close to is actually in Owensboro, but there aren't any jobs for me there.) It would be helpful to know if there are any companies/recruiters there who would be receptive to out-of-town candidates.
In some fields I believe your concerns would be warranted but I feel quality I.T. people are in such demand that location isn't the main concern. hell, half of the people I know in I.T. remote everyday. I would apply and see what kind of bites you get. It won't hurt you either way. good luck.
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Jamestown, NY
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Most IT shops hire based on skill set not on locality. This is especially true if you're talking about large employers. If you've got the skills they're seeking, they'll be interested in you even if you're living in Timbuktu right now. A good skill set and good references are going to count for a lot more with most potential employers than a local address.

I got my current position while I lived 350 miles away.
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