Once again I have found myself on the wrong end of a pink slip, So I come to you for leads!
I moved to Abilene, Tx. In may of 08, trying to find a better life and wage for my family. unfortunately, I moved here with a job, once i got here the company went bankrupt and I was in a new place with a lease and no job,
So I went to work for the Texas Dept of Criminal Justice. Which I found out later is one of the most corrupt and dangerous prison systems in the nation. I left there after about 4 months with a knee injury after they tried to force me back into work after my dr. said No, to climbing upwards of 1500 stairs a night,
Then I went to work at a local hospital, where after 3 months I was laid off...
My wife hates it here, I am not afond of it as I was,
We are also considering the Phoenix or Las Vegas areas
I have a experience is several different fields,
I was and Paramedic for 6 years, however I am no longer certified, nor am I able to re-certify at this time.
I worked as a Safety Tecnician, mostly with confined space, H2S and High angle entry and rescue.
I have about 1.5 years of construction experience, starting as a laborer graduating into a equipment operator. (Loader, compactor, and some skid steer) I am a fast learner on these machines due to my family owning a construction company while I was growing up.
I have a small amount of direct sales experience, I think this might be a good field for myself since I am a very outgoing and people oriented person.
Also I was recently a Correctional Officer for the State, (Not my choice, but it was more the confinement than the job)
I am willing to look at anything that will come my way, due to the fact that I MUST support my family since my last un-employed period, exhausted our savings.
I am willing to travel and be away from home and to potentially relocate if I can find a Job with career potential and/or enough of a monetary incentive.
I will toot my own horn and say, I am a VERY fast learner, Very detail oriented, I am not afraid of things unknown to me and am willing to learn and dedicate myself to the industry and company that employs me..
I am also fairly proficient with computers and most applications.
I again thank you for your time to read this and will be very grateful for any advice or leads, I may receive.
Ohh and to top it all off! I haven't fished or HUNTED since i have been here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks Again Joe
sorry for you troubles. in texas, and you havent hunted? damn shame.
ok, here is my take. not so good here in callifornia. lots of people getting laid off. but looking at your experience, i think your best bet is being a equipment operator. i work as a construction administrator for the state. big bridge projects. seems lately that most contractors cant find a decent excavator operator.
right now, kiewit pacific, is working on the devil's slide tunnel. from what i understand, the labor union can operate anything inside a tunnel. (?)
there is also a possible second huge tunnel project coming out. the third bore, for the caldecott tunnel. obama pushes this effen stimulus package thru, and it is a sure thing.
cost of living blows here. but the work seems to be here.
maybe a corrections officer here in the state? i know a dude that just retired.
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div>sancho, not that I am aware of unless they have changed something or came under an agreement with the operator engineers. I put 14 years in the Laborers Union Local #300 out of LA County. Operating heavy equipment outside of boom lifts, fork lifts, etc. would be considered an operator. I've built bridges with Steve P. Rados, Yeager, Kewitt, Daley Corp, 3B's and some others back in the day.right now, kiewit pacific, is working on the devil's slide tunnel. from what i understand, the labor union can operate anything inside a tunnel. (?)[/b]
code3punk, I too think operating equipement might be a good one for you durring these economic times. Vegas always has construction but getting into the Union might be difficult. You could come up here and operate too if you want to become a gold miner. They are always in need of operators, infact that is what I started doing here at first just to get my foot in the door. Pleanty of hunting and fishing too right out your door. Good Luck
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I wish I could give you some wonderful advise, but I can't. Sorry for your misfortune.
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Anyone know anything about the economic situation in Phoenix,
Given your previous experience in EMT and corrections, if I were in your situation, I would highly consider a county sherrif officer. Here in Marin County, there is always a position on the county job board and it starts at around 3500-4000 a month salary, and academy cadets are very desireable as well. I don't know how you feel about law enforcement, but if I wasn't 37 and had absolutely NO experience in law enforcement whatsoever, and didn't have a 6 year old daughter to support, I would consider it strongly. I wish you luck.......I was laid off in July of '08 and have just found work in my field as a butcher at a somewhat living wage. Good luck to you and your family.
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Check Accusport.com they were hiring a sales position a while back. I don't know the qualifications are.
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