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Old 08-10-2008, 02:52 PM
 
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So I'm a native of Missoula, born and raised, spent the first 21 yrs of my life there, about 5 years ago I moved to dallas for work and school. I have worked in the mortgage industry for the last 3 years now. Its been pretty good to me, even considering todays market and whats happening in the mortgage industry. I have made a pretty good living out of it, however I have decided enough is enough, I have had enough of this big city and am moving back home next june. I just miss my montana too much.

My question is, how is the job scene in missoula when it comes to office work? When I lived there i always did some sort of labor work, it seems most people in missoula now work retail or labor of some kind. I realize moving back home means taking a income hit, but it's also much cheaper to live there than it is here. Does anyone recommend any sources for job hunting, other then the missoulian?
Thanks!
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Old 08-10-2008, 03:06 PM
 
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First tip: Have a job before you move back here.

Second tip: The mortgage business around here had pretty significant downsizing in the past couple of years. Might be hard to get into if you are thinking that way. Real estate sales are down a bunch, though not as bad as Florida, Texas and California.

Third tip: While Texas is one of the big three in the mortgage and real estate slump, if you have a job there (still) consider keeping it.

Fourth tip: The Sunday Missoulian is not a bad source of jobs and you can get it on line. You might try the Helena Independent also. Many Missoula firms place ads there to widen the net. And, there is always the Job Service.
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Old 08-10-2008, 03:33 PM
 
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First tip: Have a job before you move back here.

Second tip: The mortgage business around here had pretty significant downsizing in the past couple of years. Might be hard to get into if you are thinking that way. Real estate sales are down a bunch, though not as bad as Florida, Texas and California.

Third tip: While Texas is one of the big three in the mortgage and real estate slump, if you have a job there (still) consider keeping it.

Fourth tip: The Sunday Missoulian is not a bad source of jobs and you can get it on line. You might try the Helena Independent also. Many Missoula firms place ads there to widen the net. And, there is always the Job Service.
Thanks, but I'm not necessarily looking to stay in the mortgage biz, I'm open to options, anything office related would be fine really. I just don't want to be working graveyards at the mill if you know what I'm saying. I was there about 2 weeks ago, I noticed alot of new banks and buildings out there on north reserve, perhaps that created a few new jobs.
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Old 08-10-2008, 07:08 PM
 
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Don't worry about 'graveyard at the mill'! The enviros finally caused Simpson to shut down in Bonner and they will keep up the pressure that gets Smurfit-Stone and everything else in the end.

Office work. Apply to Missoula Federal Credit Union, First Security Bank, 1st National Bank of Missoula, Farmers Bank, etc. Tell them what you can do to increase their bottom line. You've spent some time in financial-industry related tasks. No sense throwing that away. Build on it.
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:27 PM
 
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So I'm a native of Missoula, born and raised, spent the first 21 yrs of my life there, about 5 years ago I moved to dallas for work and school. I have worked in the mortgage industry for the last 3 years now. Its been pretty good to me, even considering todays market and whats happening in the mortgage industry. I have made a pretty good living out of it, however I have decided enough is enough, I have had enough of this big city and am moving back home next june. I just miss my montana too much.

My question is, how is the job scene in missoula when it comes to office work? When I lived there i always did some sort of labor work, it seems most people in missoula now work retail or labor of some kind. I realize moving back home means taking a income hit, but it's also much cheaper to live there than it is here. Does anyone recommend any sources for job hunting, other then the missoulian?
Thanks!
What kind of things do you like to do? Being from Missoula, you know there are a lot of unique jobs that come from living in a mountian town. I'd recommend finding one of those jobs you like to do for a motivator, and using what you have learned at school and your first years off of the "teat" to make a place for yourself back home.

Not to be rude, but I question your research with the assumption you would be taking an income hit. Especially in the field you are working. Have you done any research?
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Old 08-11-2008, 12:38 AM
 
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Don't worry about 'graveyard at the mill'! The enviros finally caused Simpson to shut down in Bonner and they will keep up the pressure that gets Smurfit-Stone and everything else in the end.

Office work. Apply to Missoula Federal Credit Union, First Security Bank, 1st National Bank of Missoula, Farmers Bank, etc. Tell them what you can do to increase their bottom line. You've spent some time in financial-industry related tasks. No sense throwing that away. Build on it.
Yeah that may be a good idea, I actually got my first car loan from MFCU when I was 18! Hah!. I will have to drop them all my resume. Thanks again!
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Old 08-11-2008, 12:41 AM
 
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What kind of things do you like to do? Being from Missoula, you know there are a lot of unique jobs that come from living in a mountian town. I'd recommend finding one of those jobs you like to do for a motivator, and using what you have learned at school and your first years off of the "teat" to make a place for yourself back home.

Not to be rude, but I question your research with the assumption you would be taking an income hit. Especially in the field you are working. Have you done any research?
Yes, I have done some research, it seems the payrate is considerably lower actually, again I'm not complaining about that, just making a statement that I have noticed. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places but seems like the starting pay is a bit lower then I would hope for. Chances are I won't be able to stay in the mortgage industry and that is fine, however finance/bank jobs seem to pay less there. Do you recommend any particular resources? Thanks
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:07 AM
 
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I wish I could.
I'm not in the same field, it just seems like the way housing (and other costs) have gone up in the last 10 years that I assumed that the mortgage/real estate folks were out there making a killing!

Good luck finding something that suits you.
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