I started to look for a new gig about a year ago but it started out casually. In the last 4 months I've taken it up a few notches.
It seems to me that most jobs that I'm qualified for are in bigger metro areas - and a lot (maybe half) of those happen to be in California.
What I find a little strange/frustrating is how often employers insist that you have a CA drivers license and experience with CEQA. I say strange
because, well, if you have a driver's license in any state you can transfer it and if you have experience writing EIS/EIR and you can read you can
figure out CEQA. I get that if you're not familiar with the laws of a particular state it's going to count as points against you but I've been reading some of the
announcements to say, "if you don't have any experience with CEQA don't even bother applying" but in the meantime I have experience with CAFRA
and Pinelands Review in NJ which are, in different ways, more stringent than CEQA. Is this just their way of limiting the pool of applicants?
Has anyone from outside of CA ever landed a job there that wasn't entry level?
I'm sure others are in the same boat with how frustrating this whole thing is. I feel like I'm at a serious disadvantage because I don't have a master's (even though I have 5 years experience) so If I don't find something by November I'm doubling down on going back to school in January. But I feel like when I'm sending resumes out for a job in Austin or Chicago I don't stand a chance against someone who already lives there and when I'm sending them out for some tiny town in Colorado or Ohio maybe there's less competition but more of a "this big city guy isn't going to last 3 months here."
I sent out a resume for a gig in NC not even two weeks ago. Two days after I sent it I got a postcard in the mail saying "thanks." Then today I got a letter saying "no thanks". The job was exactly what I did at my last gig. I wasn't really expecting to get the job but I was expecting at least a call back. I've read the horror stories where 1000 people are applying for the same job but just how many out-of-work planners are actually out there?