Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Are There Jobs in Oregon?

I'm not originally from Oregon, and maybe that's why I've heard so much about this subject. I have lived off and on in Oregon for many years now, and in several different areas, both east and west of the Cascades. While it is true that in some areas of Oregon jobs are slim, but there are other areas where there seemed to be more jobs than people willing to take them. Or possibly that's part of the problem. It's like I've said before, successful people do the things that unsuccessful people are unwilling to do.

In this area, there are relatively few jobs available, and even fewer if you are ultra-selective about what you are willing to do for an honest paycheck. Sandy is a pretty decent sized community, with enough grocers, restaurants, and retailers to offer a good portion of local community employment, but to travel to the nearby city of Gresham opens up the doors of opportunity even wider. Of course, downtown Portland is a mere 30 minute drive for those up to the commute.

But here on the mountain, things are a little different. There are jobs here, but you just have to be willing to try new things. For example, there is new residential construction in Sandy almost on a consistent basis, which means a great deal of work for laborers. In Welches area, there are many restaurants and bars where locals can make a decent living bartending, serving tables, or as part of the kitchen crew. There are many cabins and vacation rentals needing cleaning crews. The local resorts are a great place for people to work in a professional service position, security, janitorial, and even a few basic medical positions. Of course, there are a large number of jobs available during the winter months as skiers and snowboarders fill the snowparks.

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