Looking for a job (MI)

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    lmwalz XDTalk 100 Member

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    Hi all! Currently located in western Michigan, and looking to move to the Rochester, MI area in the spring. I've been looking into housing, as well as work. This is simply an informal way of feeling out some options with the locals. Anyone know of any good yet reasonably priced apartments and/or good places to work? I'll be 21 by that time, military background, extremely hard worker, and willing to do just about anything for a paycheck. Love being outside, but like I said, I'll do just about anything. Thanks for the help!
     
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    BigDinTexas XDTalk 1K Member Founding Member

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    Unless you are ABSOLUTELY stuck on MI for living in, would you could consider working in TX on the oil rigs as a roughneck? I have a buddy who does and he says your ability/willingness to work hard would serve you well in that job...
     
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    I'd consider anything, my fiance and I always joke about moving to Texas some day anyway. On one hand, it'd be a decent job in a great state. On the other, it would kind of defeat the purpose of moving closer to my family and fiance. Definitely something I would consider though. What part of Texas?
     
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    Houston/Galveston area... You can live further away, but proximity helps... my friend lives in Temple and drives out when he needs to go to work...

    There is atleast 1 veteran placement company that specializes in getting vets into the oil field careers... do a search for them if you are interested...
     
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    When I was deployed with 1/23 (USMC reserve unit there) after the deployment they made us go to a job fair, I recieved lots of offers to do things like that. Seemed like a good place, the infrastructure to get vets a job is definitely there in Houston/Galveston. If I needed a job I'd go there. You interested in law enforcement? If so due to not having funding to teach M4 skills the Houston Sherrif department is definitely giving hiring priority to combat vets. They were hiring us last year, if you have interest in law enforcement, I don't think they were requiring a degree.

    Not sure who the group is, but contact a recruiting office in houston they will have the phone number for you. The guys there helping us get jobs are phenominal. IMO much better than the ones in in Michigan, could be an issue of just how many vets are down there, that vets like to hire vets.

    I'll keep a lookout though around Detroit.
     
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    Just avoid the whole Metro-Detroit Area. I can understand wanting to be closer to family, but honestly I don't expect SEMI to make a real come-back any time soon.
     
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    Don't forget North Dakota. The WHOLE state is hiring, not just the oil rigs. That means both of you would be able to find work. Nearly everyone in the oil patch is working longer hours but making 6 figures
     
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    Didn't Walmart just say they are going to hire thousands of veterans? There are Walmarts in Rochester Hills and surrounding areas.

    Everybody and their brother is looking for "whatever they can do"

    Got an education? What things are you good in?
     
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    Try the auto companies, they are all hiring like crazy. Do you have any formal education beyond HS? Die shops (the few remaining shops) are swamped with business.

    SE MI employment is getting better.

    Personally, if I didn't have decades into the auto industry, I'd move to NC or SC. I also like the hills of TX, but don't know what is available down there.
     
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    Sorry all, guess I should have given a little better background. I have 3 semesters of civil engineering under my belt, and military training. Eventually plan on going active duty with that as a career, however my unit sent me to the Best Warrior competition last fall, and lo and beyold I keep winning. Won Division level in November. With that, I've been given the opportunity to go both Air Assault and Airborne, among much other training, and am on pace to make SGT in about 2 years time in service. Kind of hard to leave all that for an active slot. So, I plan to put active off a couple years, and get a Law Enforcement degree in the meantime. I can do night classes, online, brick and mortor, whatever. But I also like to work, and was really just curious if anyone knew of any decent jobs. I can get a walmart type job just about anywhere, and have never ever had trouble getting hired. But networking is key, and sometimes getting a job comes down to who you know.
     

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