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Old 08-25-2002, 11:11 PM   #1
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Default job help here

howdy, i have recently become a victim to the trend of layoffs in the tech world...i think we were the trailing end of the dot com die-off

anyway, i am looking for jobs and figured now would be the perfect time for me to relocate back to CO (i live in MN now)...i miss CO and my friends there a lot...

i plan on being there for two weeks in Sept...this is where all of you come in, if you have any job leads i would love to hear about them...i'm a computer geek, windows and linux admin mainly, i also have extensive experience with backups and storage management...i'll be happy to forward my resume to anyone who thinks they can help

thanks!

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Old 08-26-2002, 09:13 AM   #2
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I don't mean to rain on your parade, but the Denver area is hurting as well. I'm a techie ( Software Engineer ), so I'm talking from experience.
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Old 08-26-2002, 10:04 AM   #3
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My school had an opening, but I'm not sure if it's still open. Check at MSCD.edu and see if there's a job listing there. Or check the State of Colorado employment website under "classified jobs" and it may be there as well.
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Old 08-26-2002, 11:58 AM   #4
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I don't mean to rain on your parade, but the Denver area is hurting as well. I'm a techie ( Software Engineer ), so I'm talking from experience.
i hear ya...i'm not saying the market is any better out there (it may even be worse)...but i figure if it's going to suck to find a job anyway it may as well suck in a nicer place like CO
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Old 08-26-2002, 02:45 PM   #5
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Job Market here blows bad right now. Ive been stuck in a mindless technical provisioning job for over a year now because there is nothing for me to do on the developmental side of the house. I was laid off in June of 2001 as Director of Engineering and managed to stay at the same company by going back about 10 years in my career - now I am a low level network technician. Pretty depressing, but still pays the bills.

If you do move back here, be prepared for a long job search.

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Old 08-26-2002, 03:02 PM   #6
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Not meaning to throw wood on the fire but let me share some of my experiences in the realm of unemployment and job hunting.

1) I got laid off shortly after 911

2) Been job hunting ever since. I got ONE interview becuase I had a friend "on the inside" up in Boulder for a ASIC developer doing verification/development (my old job). I got this interview almost a year after my initial laying off.

THe interview went well and all but 4 weeks after I interviewed they were put on a hiring freeze and now are facing ALL being unemployed like me if they can't get some "new customers" to pay their bills.

3) Called Lockheed HR dept. I know someone who works there so I actually got a name 'gasp' of someone to talk to. They initially refered me to the website since "they get between 5000-10000 resumes each week, and it's just impossible for them to look at them all". With some more persistance the lady in HR agreed to personally look over my resume to which end I have not heard ANYTHING about. I also check their website WEEKLY and apply for openings/reqs that apply to me.

4) Only 2 people out of the 20+ that I know of found a new job and it was becuase of HEAVY DUTY knowing the "right people".

5) My old roommate got a NO PAY internship up in Boulder becuase his friend works there. I guess apparently have to know someone these days JUST TO WORK FOR FREE !!

Right now I am going back to UCCS to get my masters in Computer Science, continue looking for a job, and it's somthing to do to ride this "down turn" out until next year.

Good luck... but I would advise if you have ANY kind of networking/leads where you are PURSUE them heavily and take whatever you can get. I am contemplating getting a "fun job" while I am back in school just to get a little extra spending money for now .
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Old 08-26-2002, 07:57 PM   #7
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yeah, i am thinking about starting my MBA out here simply because if i'm not working (because there are no jobs) i might as well go to school for something...i am also thinking it would be nice to just get something like a construction job...unfortunately the pay isn't what i am used to...hell, i make more on unemployment than some of my friends do who work full time...what happened to this market? to business in general? is the dot bomb still rolling strong? i have friends who have been out of work close to a year...it all really sucks for everyone
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Old 08-27-2002, 12:57 PM   #8
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Yep, the market completely sucks out here and nationwide. People like david_sh and -ld, I am sure very qualified people in the technical/computer engineering field being unemployed at all just boggles the mind when 2 years ago any bozo who had ever used a mouse could at least be working help desk for 35k! I have considered myself VERY lucky, but hanging on by the skin on my teeth. My company started at out about 50 people in the US (based in Denver) 2 years ago, and now having survived 5 layoffs and one 20% cut in salary, I still consider myself lucky. I am a degreed meteorologist doing 2nd level and technical pre-sales support for a systems management startup. And this was a job I got by "knowing someone who knew someone" (who was fortunately the director and VP respectively). So pretty much I will be here to turn off the lights if we don't get another big customer soon...sound familiar? In fact right now the main reason I have the WRX is because I had to stop paying for 2 cars (2000 Prelude and 2000 Suzuki Vitara, which to me was the best of both worlds), and got a compromise car...lol...turbo and awd!
My theory is as it has always been, way too much IT overspending for "Y2k" issues, and also the dot-bomb on top of that, flooded the market with too much equipment and underqualified people (not unlike me...lol), and here we are contemplating working for Best Buy or car dealers!
Good luck to all, I keep crossing my fingers that things pick up soon, but no holding my breathe.
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Old 08-28-2002, 06:03 PM   #9
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Yea, it sucks. I gust graduated from college and got hired by Intel in June. Now they are getting ready to lay off lots of people here in CO Springs. My last day is Friday. Luckily I am able to go back to where I had an internship during school so I'm not hurting too bad. Otherwise I would probably be going to grad school like several of my friends who couldn't find jobs are doing. Good luck
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Old 08-31-2002, 10:18 AM   #10
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And to top it off, the colorado economy just keeps getting more and more expensive from all the damn californians moving out there... so people like myself are forced to move to Texas to find a job. There are by the way plenty of jobs in Texas, but some areas here are hit very hard too... austin is struggling big time because it was at one time labled the fastest growing tech city in the nation, well now it's the fastest growing unemployment city in Texas. It's bad everywhere and more and more it makes me want to get out of IT all together. I - like jama, went from doing network architecture and design for the travel industry (ugh.. 911 just about jacked us all) to a much more mundane job. While I am not challenged at all anymore, I do get to play with my toys more and. But I also took more than 35k$ pay cut.... a fair portion of which can be dedicated to the cost of living difference, but damn it hurts on paper when you go from 6 figures to not....

As much as I love colorado it's simply too expensive to live there considering how bad the job market is. At least here worst case scenario I could pay my bills on 10 bux an hr, 10bux an hr in Colorado will not even rent me a room and pay my car payment.

Oh well... the price of looking at the mountains I suppose?

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