Thank you to Ed Tsyitee Jr. who shared his story today about frustrations of a job seeker. Make sure you follow him on Twitter @GreenChileAdict
After living in Virginia for 12 years, I moved back to Las Cruces, New Mexico in 2006.
I ended up working for Wal-Mart that year. With a Bachelor’s Degree. How much above minimum wage did I get for that? 10 cents. Yup.
You see, I live in a city where job opportunity means “Hey-at least McDonald’s offered you a job, so why are you complaining?”
The service sector dominates this job market.
You want to work in a call center? No problem! We have at least 6 to choose from!
You want to work in retail? Hey! We got you covered! We have 3 Wal-Marts now! Ooo! And a Sam’s Club!
Strange enough, New Mexico State University is here. You would think there would be a more diverse job market here for a city with a population of over 100k. But, there really isn’t.
Just a lot of promise, like the Spaceport will bring jobs here. Or the Army base will bring in jobs (read: service sector jobs). Or the industrial park 45 minutes from here will bring in jobs.
I just completed my Masters in Human Resource Management program this year. When people ask where I’m looking for work they seem surprised when I answer, “Oh, you know, Arizona Nevada, the Pacific Northwest.” You mean you aren’t looking here in New Mexico?
Do I really have too?
I just sent an application to the State of New Mexico for an HR job. It’s a longshot, but at least I’m trying to stay positive.
I’ll let you know how it goes.