No. 1 destination for a fresh job start?

According to, an online consumer resource for moving services, it’s Las Vegas! And I’m posting this just as I roll into Sin City with the hubby for a few days of R&R (he’s still working). lasvegassign says:

Despite being battered by the housing market and bloodied by a recession that’s pinching its gambling-heavy economy, Las Vegas still beckons to people looking for a fresh start … The data revealed that on a per-capita basis, Las Vegas retained its top spot as the No. 1 destination for people looking to make a long distance state to state move. (READ MORE HERE.)

Also, no one coming to California, where I live now:

The Northeast, the Great Lakes and the Midwest showed a greater propensity for moving requests out to exceed moving requests in, while the South, the Mountain West, and the Pacific Northwest showed gains. The notable exception is California, a state hard hit by the housing market – it saw more requests to move out of state than to move to the state.

Other hot destinations: Vegas was followed by Denver, Charlotte, N.C., Phoenix/Mesa, Portland, Ore., Seattle, Orlando, Fla., Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg.

Stay tuned. If I see any cool jobs while I’m here Friday — will post.

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I’m looking for jobs in all the wrong places …

My quest to find meaningful employment — and something that helps pay the mortgage — began in earnest this week. Those of you in the job hunt already know you have to network like crazy and keep asking folks for tips and help. It’s a bit like pestering your parents to drive you somewhere before you had your driver’s license.job_search_indeed

As a journalist — former business editor at The Orange County Register — I’m on all of the media Web sites, as are all of my fellow scribes, who are also out of work. (And most of those jobs are back East.)

For a reality check — because I’m told there are jobs out there — I called up, which let me simply search by region (in this case I used “Irvine”) and key word. I found out that if I were a nurse, engineer, technical writer — I could probably land a job. In fact, there are lots of job listings in Orange County for professional services, such as accounting. If you have any mechanical experience, you’re in luck, too. I saw job listings for people with knowledge about certain heavy equipment. Even saw a post for a gourmet coffee attendant.

As for the old writer/editor — nada thing. I’m looking at the wrong profession!

Happy trolling.

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Where Obama says to look for new jos

Looking to retool your career or just wondering where to find the next hot job? President-elect Obama gives some direction in his latest economic speech:imageresizehandler

And that’s why we’ll invest in priorities like energy and education, health care and a new infrastructure that are necessary to keep us strong and competitive in the 21st century.

That’s why the overwhelming majority of the jobs created will be in the private sector, while our plan will save the public sector jobs of teachers, police officers, firefighters, and others who provide vital services.

To finally spark the creation of a clean energy economy, we will double the production of alternative energy in the next three years. We will modernize more than 75 percent of federal buildings and improve the energy efficiency of 2 million American homes, saving consumers and taxpayers billions on our energy bills.

To read the full text of his speech CLICK HERE!

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Economy: Find out the latest

planet_money_animatedNPR’s PLANET MONEY: This is a cool NPR podcast that’s on daily and serves up a solid explanation of the daily economic news and what it means to you. I like it because not all of their editors and writers are experts and so if you don’t know what the TED spread is or that a swap is not a swap meet, it’s OK. They do a great job getting experts to explain it. Particularly fun: Economist House Calls — where an economist evaluates a caller’s financial circumstance. (WARNING: Given the nature of the news, it can be kind of a downer when you’re in a job funky mood.)

Download from iTunes or go to the Planet Money blog, where you can post comments and read about everything they’ve yakked about that day by CLICKING HERE.

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New Year — new job?

hp_flag_rightLooking for work in 2009? I’ll try to post a few nifty jobs weekly for those in the market.

CIA: Heard a radio ad by the Central Intelligence Agency, which is looking for folks to work for the CIA. No joke. They need “Clandestine Service Officers” and other bodies “to be on the front line of human intelligence.” CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

MORE GOV’T JOBS: Wanna be a border patrol agent? CNN ran a series of broadcasts about hot jobs — mostly government posts — so check out THIS LINK for specific job listings and to read the transcripts.

LOCAL OFFERINGS: Live in SoCal/O.C.? CLICK HERE to check out some of the jobs and tips posted by my former colleagues at “Handling Hard Times” blog. (Their post on 25,000 medical jobs in and near OC are open” caught my eye.)

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