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hepcat    4,698
Just now, thefuzz said:

What I'm saying....is it's a very desirable place to live, and therefore it's usually tougher to get jobs there.....not really saying the same, just similar.

Oh that's definitely true, I'd live in either of those towns if it were possible. The jobs just aren't there like they are in Austin. Although rapidly rising cost of living in Austin is starting to mitigate the huge growth

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thefuzz    4,219
1 minute ago, hepcat said:

Oh that's definitely true, I'd live in either of those towns if it were possible. The jobs just aren't there like they are in Austin. Although rapidly rising cost of living in Austin is starting to mitigate the huge growth

Strangely, the jobs are here in Wilmington, but you better know people to get them....a resume is almost worthless around here.

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hepcat    4,698
1 minute ago, thefuzz said:

Strangely, the jobs are here in Wilmington, but you better know people to get them....a resume is almost worthless around here.

It's like that anywhere, but in smaller towns that's even more true. Recommendations always net the best hires

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Zaximus    4,429

Charlotte has like really low unemployment for IT.    Even with your skills you can probably get jobs making over 12 easily.   You may have to work for IT staffing places (Robert Half, Teksystems, etc) but there are jobs.   Not as cool as Austin but, if it gets to that ya know.  

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hepcat    4,698
10 minutes ago, Zaximus said:

Charlotte has like really low unemployment for IT.    Even with your skills you can probably get jobs making over 12 easily.   You may have to work for IT staffing places (Robert Half, Teksystems, etc) but there are jobs.   Not as cool as Austin but, if it gets to that ya know.  

Oh man, $12/ho is ridiculously low for me right now. I started at $12.50 an hour 6 years ago and I'm at over $40k a year now. I can't go back to that low now. I know Charlotte and also Raleigh have decent IT opportunities but I'm not sure I want to end up back in NC yet. 

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Anybodyhome    4,736

Though about getting into the public sector- working for a municipality in their IT department? Most of them don't have the money to invest in cloud servers and still have rooms full of hardware. Seems to me a lot of people in your business are always looking for the high-paying private sector gig without giving much thought to job security, municipal/county/state retirement system, health care, etc. that the public sector may offer. 

The pay may not be as much, but the benefits and retirement system for most cities/states is pretty darn good and could offset the pay cut you may take. 

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hepcat    4,698
1 minute ago, Anybodyhome said:

Though about getting into the public sector- working for a municipality in their IT department? Most of them don't have the money to invest in cloud servers and still have rooms full of hardware. Seems to me a lot of people in your business are always looking for the high-paying private sector gig without giving much thought to job security, municipal/county/state retirement system, health care, etc. that the public sector may offer. 

The pay may not be as much, but the benefits and retirement system for most cities/states is pretty darn good and could offset the pay cut you may take. 

Yea I've applied for a few state jobs, and one with the city of Round Rock. Haven't heard back from any yet. I think I need to get these certs in the bank first. I'm kinda in the middle of a public sector job and a private sector job because I'm a state contractor but my paychecks come from a private company. All the job security with none of the benefits

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Paa Langfart    2,227

Good luck to anyone trying to find a decent job if they are over the age of 50, unless you are some sort of corporate big shot.  You young folks better be some place stable by the time you hit 40.

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Paa Langfart    2,227
31 minutes ago, Anybodyhome said:

Though about getting into the public sector- working for a municipality in their IT department? Most of them don't have the money to invest in cloud servers and still have rooms full of hardware. Seems to me a lot of people in your business are always looking for the high-paying private sector gig without giving much thought to job security, municipal/county/state retirement system, health care, etc. that the public sector may offer. 

The pay may not be as much, but the benefits and retirement system for most cities/states is pretty darn good and could offset the pay cut you may take. 

Listen to this man.  If I were to have a employment do over I would go to work for the govt. and retire by 60.  I had a very good teaching job at a community college in the mid 90 s but decided I wanted my own business.  What a mistake that turned out to be.

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Inimicus    2,560

As someone who has hired and fired IT resources for almost 20 years my .02 is this:

At 6 years in you're in a tough spot. If I was looking at your resume I would have expected you to move up by now.  In the absence of that, I would expect you to have multiple certs, attended night classes, or something that shows me you're invested and investing in a career in IT. 

Get some certs. Go to a bootcamp. Do something on your own to show perspective employers that you are serious about your career and time served in a past job doesn't show that.

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hepcat    4,698
1 hour ago, Inimicus said:

As someone who has hired and fired IT resources for almost 20 years my .02 is this:

At 6 years in you're in a tough spot. If I was looking at your resume I would have expected you to move up by now.  In the absence of that, I would expect you to have multiple certs, attended night classes, or something that shows me you're invested and investing in a career in IT. 

Get some certs. Go to a bootcamp. Do something on your own to show perspective employers that you are serious about your career and time served in a past job doesn't show that.

I've always thought this might be the case. Working a state job didn't really offer me much chance to move up. I am definitely working on getting certs. Do you think it might be wise to say I've only worked at my job for 2 years or something? Say I was a freelance musician/audio engineer before that and got this job to have something stable? I've thought about that.

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Zaximus    4,429
6 minutes ago, hepcat said:

I've always thought this might be the case. Working a state job didn't really offer me much chance to move up. I am definitely working on getting certs. Do you think it might be wise to say I've only worked at my job for 2 years or something? Say I was a freelance musician/audio engineer before that and got this job to have something stable? I've thought about that.

This also depends on your location.   In Charlotte, with a couple years of experience doing support (with no certs, nothing) you can probably get a gig making at least $20 an hour through a staffing firm or even direct hire.   This is because there's a lot of jobs right now available.  

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