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Old 10-18-2010, 03:51 AM   #1
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Default Texas guys, chime in please!

What kind of job opportunities are there out in Texas? Before sombody gets smart and says its the same as here, spare me.

Im really considering moving out of state and have alway had Texas in my head as the place I want to move to. So give me all the reasons why I should move out there. I dont know the first thing about finding a job in another state. how would I go about that?

Im skilled in MIG welding, some fabrication and can drive the hell out a forklift.
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:06 AM   #2
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Less emission hassle, less traffic. Two good reasons right there, I don't know about the job market though.
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Are you living in the US legally or illegally?

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Tons of welding jobs in Corpus. I would pick San Antonio, Austin, or Dallas first though.
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A fair amount of the industry I am in, Non Destructive Testing and Inspection, is hiring right now and Texas is the best place to eb for that. Welders have a slight advantage, but not much as you can visially see flaws in welds without x-raying them. Depends on where you want to be, but there are a bunch of companies all over Texas that are hiring or will be hiring soon.

The pay is pretty good, but you have to be on the clock for long hours when it gets busy and sometimes work 6-7 days a week. That is only when it gets really busy and you only work an honest 2 hours of a 12 hour stint if you have to be there that long. The rest is filled with your laptop.
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Texas is fairing better than most states.

The job market is relatively stable. But it does suffer from moderate unemployment; predominately in unskilled labor.

The housing market is affordable and hasn't see as significant a hit as the rest of the nation.

Cost of living is very reasonable. (Compare with this: http://cgi.money.cnn.com/tools/costo...tofliving.html )

Corky is under an hour away from the San Antonio and Austin areas. The Texas Hill Country rocks and you can drive, with the top down, an average of 10 months a year.

Monster.com, usajobs.gov, careerbuilder.com, texas.gov, most of the oil companies; all good websites to check for opportunities.

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The Texas Hill Country rocks and you can drive, with the top down, an average of 10 months a year.
I'll be back there soon, permanently.
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Are you living in the US legally or illegally?

legally!


Im gonna start checking out alot of the sites that have been put in here, georgia just ****** sucks!


funny hustler! With the whole applying online for jobs online, I have never had any luck. I usually like getting out and searching for jobs taling to people in person and giving them resumes in person. To many idiots can get online now and flood the job market, clogging up **** with their shitty resumes.
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Old 10-18-2010, 02:34 PM   #10
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Here in San Antonio, the larger part of job opportunities are in business management, hospitality, and the health industry. Skilled manuall labor is secluded to the East, SouthEast portion of the city. And housing in the SouthSide is cheap.

Oh yeah and the Toyota plant has expanded and been picking up in business.
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when you say cheap, you dont me gehtto right?

lol, its starting to take over all of Metro Atlanta.
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legally!
You're fucked. I recommend loosing all your paperwork and developing an accent promptly.
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You're fucked. I recommend loosing all your paperwork and developing an accent promptly.
Plus get a tan and grow a funny mustache.
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damnit, im starting to lose hope.
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How much $ do you need/ Hr. Going with your skills.
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no less than 17 an hour along with some overtime! thats what i maxed out at welding for Yamaha.
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Here in San Antonio, the larger part of job opportunities are in business management, hospitality, and the health industry. Skilled manuall labor is secluded to the East, SouthEast portion of the city. And housing in the SouthSide is cheap.

Oh yeah and the Toyota plant has expanded and been picking up in business.
Although the South-side is experiencing a resurgence, I'd consider where I live w/ caution. No section of town is crime free, however there are several pockets in which you really should tread lightly.

I'd advise finding employment first, then housing to match, *if possible*. One area not listed is the military and other Gov't agencies; to the tune of about $5B+ annually. Ft Sam, Randolph, Lackland, DEA, FBI, DHS, Border Patrol; they all have a presence here and all tend to have openings of some sort.

If you have your Welding Certs, along w/ experience, you shouldn't have a problem finding employment around 20/hr+. I understand the hesitancy to use web-recruiting vice shoe leather in the job search. However, the web is a primary vector for most of the more enduring companies. Additionally, the San Antonio area is known for its nepotism; who you know helps (a lot).

The Alamo city has the feel of a smaller town, but is the 7th largest city in the US. Many things to do, many opportunities, but also many ways to get lost in the shuffle if you don't watch what you're doing.


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You are welcome to my couch if you come down here and want to search. I have a baller *** couch too. I probably wouldn't live on the southside. I live by sea world, and that is as close to lackland as I care to get. (I am on the WNW side?) Outside of 410 is better than inside. My neighbor works at toyota, I will ask if they need anyone.
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:19 PM   #19
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aweosme! thanks for all the help guys. i gotta work on my resume a lil and do some more searching online for jobs out there, this is something im getting more and more dead set on!
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I would look at houston too. With Pasadena, baytown, and all the other oil companies, areas, and plants in town there is always a need for welding.

SATX is nice, to visit, but SATX is very run down.
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