Best and Worst Cities to Find JobsMindy Schultz | December 13th, 2010
As a recent college graduate, the stress of figuring out those next steps were stressful, yet, inevitable. No matter how long I tried to put it off, the decision of what jobs to apply for, and where to apply for those jobs was constant – I couldn’t escape it. And, although an easy and popular decision is to move back home, it is not always the best decision. Forbes.com recently released an article based off information found on JuJu.com of the best and worst cities to find a job in – the article was called America’s Worst Cities for Finding a Job. Among the top 5 cities to find a job in were, Washington, D.C., San Jose, Calif., New York, N.Y., Baltimore, Md., and Hartford, Conn. And, among the bottom 5 cities to find a job in were, Las Vegas, Nev., Miami, Fla., Riverside, Calif., Detroit, Mich., and Los Angeles, Calif.
Houston, TX, the city I was born in raised in, is the city I have recently returned to. Since I got back, I sat at home applying and following up with job position after position with no luck. And finally, after about a 2-½ month time period, I landed a job.
Throughout the whole job process, I judged my success based off my skill sets, interview skills, and the weak economy we are all faced with today. However, not once did I consider checking Houston’s unemployment statistics. I’m not saying those other three factors, were in fact, not factors, but I am saying JuJu.com did shed a different light in my mind. With an unemployed individuals per advertised jobs rate of 5.96, Houston ranked #26 out of 50 for best cities to find work in. So even though there could have been a number of reasons why my job hunt was a little lengthy, this static could have had an affect as well.
Although scarce, there is opportunity out there for us to find. But one thing this article taught me for sure is, if you’re striking out interview, after interview, check where your city ranks, because you never know, it may not be “entirely” your fault!
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About the Author: Mindy Schultz is a recent college graduate from Indiana University. Aside from looking for a full-time position in Journalism or Communications, Mindy spends her time writing for SixDegreesofZR.com and is a part-time employee at the University of Houston acting as a TA for a professor. She is best known for her bubbly personality, sweet nature, and dedication to work. Mindy holds a BAJ in Journalism from Indiana University as well as a Certificate in Business.