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HiTech RedNeck job search vanity: GERMANTOWN MD?!? Anybody near there???
Me | 7/12/2012 | HiTech RedNeck

Posted on 07/12/2012 7:59:24 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck

Dear Freepers,

HiTech RedNeck struck out on the two other jobs whose locales were inquired about earlier: Madison WI and Bentonville AR. While a formidable challenger, HTRN had even more formidable competitors and did not win out.

Stinging off of the Wisconsin loss (which had looked a lot like a win until the very end) HTRN signed up for two new job boards: corp-corp.com and engineerjobs.com. They looked rinky dink compared to the classy, complex Monster and Dice, but they were ranked high by Google, and I was thinking any new ports in a storm. Well, very shortly HTRN's email and phone began to hop! 4, 5, 6 nibbles a day. Where were these guys all my life???

Well, it turns out that one contract house wants programmers in my specialty in Germantown, MD. The client is a Fortune 500 business that makes office products, and is selling things to Washington, DC. They want to interview me quickly and then, if all goes well, they will want an answer 24 hours from the time I hear about an offer which would probably be late next week.

So I figured I had better do my homework now. If this materializes (although I am busy talking with others now) it will be a bird in hand which today is worth about a dozen in the bush. Thinking NOT of permanently moving to the area, but of setting up in a business lodging like extended stay (maybe a cheap motel for a couple weeks till I get paid, then I can expand my budget). The prices in that area seem moderately high, and the rush job makes me want to raise my eyebrows a bit, but the client seems nobody to complain about. Also it's a liberal armpit of America, not that I've come to politick there, but still....

Anyhow, any insights on what this would be like. Any special warnings. Should I wave to Barack Obama?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: maryland

1 posted on 07/12/2012 7:59:30 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Yo won’t be too close to DC, in the outer suburbs. It’s fairly expensive but not too bad out at Germantown. You could stay in Fredrick and drive down. Should be cheap hotels in the Rockville/Gaaithersburg area, on 355, and then be driving against the traffic which can be heavy.


2 posted on 07/12/2012 8:10:11 PM PDT by expat2
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To: drZ; DSH; LiberalBuster; bigtoechz; theepengu1n

Germantowners???


3 posted on 07/12/2012 8:13:22 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Germantown is outside the Beltway but has become essentially a suburb of DC.


4 posted on 07/12/2012 8:17:01 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I moved out of that area a few months ago. Things are VERY expensive compared to most of the states...taxes, lots of traffic nightmares, insufferable libs all over the place, whacky lib county government and so forth. Germantown has a lot poor people who have government chits to live there so... Good luck as long you’re going with open eyes.


5 posted on 07/12/2012 8:18:24 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen

Where’d you end up going, hal?


6 posted on 07/12/2012 8:21:28 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Although Germantown is in Maryland it is on the way to the much more normal(conservative) part. You could easily stay north of there and find something reasonable”ish”. check out Craigs list for Frederick Md. or the Washington DC one for lodging possibilities.
7 posted on 07/12/2012 8:22:07 PM PDT by Bainbridge
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Thanks! I'll check out those job boards!

(signed) nully who at this point would re-locate to Hell...

8 posted on 07/12/2012 8:26:10 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1268 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: null and void

No need to be N.V.’ous (pun intended)

But I was flabbergasted. These two have served me up more stuff than Dice and Monster put together ever did. Warning: if you aren’t a corporation then you can’t contract literally corp to corp, but other options are open on corp-corp. Understand what they are and how paid (W2 may be net 15, 1099 net 30).

One thing I did that seemed to help recruiters like my resume better, was add a section dedicated to programming accomplishments in the particular area of concentration I was aiming at. That was then followed by the normal chronological stuff. I did something analogous marketing myself as a computer administrator. It seemed to help a lot to break ice where some of my best work was several years in the past.


9 posted on 07/12/2012 8:33:35 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Thanks!


10 posted on 07/12/2012 9:06:05 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1268 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Of course I hope you get the job, just knowing you from here makes me sure you deserve it!

My kid just had to move to MD from VA (sigh, double sigh, triple sigh) around that same area. Well, in fact MD is not very large, it is just sort of convoluted in shape.

And yes, it is run by stinking liberal dems, it puts New York to shame. It is basically the CA of the east coast.

But, what can you do? My kid had to move there to keep her job, you might have to move there to get a job.

We get enough folks like you and her there, perhaps MD can have a tea party revolution! (Right after NJ where I am, I’m sure!)

But MD is nice country, they have kind of a big foodie culture, lots of churches from what I saw when I was briefly there, CRAB CAKES! RAVENS!

I give you the same advice I gave my own child, I say go for it! (And vote the straight republican line!)


11 posted on 07/12/2012 9:31:25 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: HiTech RedNeck

If you’re lucky your employer will have a contract with Department of Energy - a bottomless pit of money for contractors.

DOE has a large facility in Germantown.

Virginia is within commuting distance but traffic sucks.


12 posted on 07/12/2012 10:10:27 PM PDT by satan (Plumbing new depths of worthlessness on a daily basis.)
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To: satan

the devil, you say?!?


13 posted on 07/12/2012 10:50:02 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: 2A_Martian; 4NUQ8R; 69ConvertibleFirebird; 99tango; ace2u_in_MD; AConservativeRealist; ajlicht; ...

Yo to the Crab Cake State... I had no idea there were so many Freepers in Maryland. Anyhow I’m looking for info in a hurry about Germantown, which I might be getting a job offer in after years of being out of work. If this happens I want to get situated as advantageously as possible. And you do have a cool state flag, the only one I’ve seen that looks like a racing flag. Thanks in advance.


14 posted on 07/14/2012 4:09:03 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: 2A_Martian; 4NUQ8R; 69ConvertibleFirebird; 99tango; ace2u_in_MD; AConservativeRealist; ajlicht; ...

Yo to the Crab Cake State... I had no idea there were so many Freepers in Maryland. Anyhow I’m looking for info in a hurry about Germantown, which I might be getting a job offer in after years of being out of work. If this happens I want to get situated as advantageously as possible. And you do have a cool state flag, the only one I’ve seen that looks like a racing flag. Thanks in advance.


15 posted on 07/14/2012 4:10:04 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: All

Oops, sorry about the double ping to y’all. FR returned a post error the first time I tried, and I assumed it failed.


16 posted on 07/14/2012 4:13:24 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
What is your current specialty. Do you know NI Labview? Do you have an EE background? Look at Schneider Electric in many different states. Pick a state then see what they have. They are snatching up the power management industry at a pretty good clip.


http://www.schneider-electric.us/sites/us/en/company/careers/search-na-jobs.page

17 posted on 07/14/2012 4:18:53 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
"Yo to the Crab Cake State..."

LOL...a lot of those *Maryland* crabs are shipped there from Louisiana.

18 posted on 07/14/2012 4:21:25 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Michelle Malkin used to live there but she might have been a conservative aberration :-)

You're just over the bridge from one of the most expensive parts of Virginia, if you'd prefer to not live in Maryland but that area of the corridor is now pretty expensive no matter what.

19 posted on 07/14/2012 4:31:28 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: eyedigress

Do have a bachelors in EE, but it’s old and dusty. I switched to an emphasis in software after about half a year in industry. Have a masters in CS from one of the Ivies. Specialty Unix, some Linux, C, some C++, lots and lots of shell, SQL and database interfacing, administering processes, software, and machines under Unix and Linux. See my lede story for the rest. This place wants a C++ programmer.


21 posted on 07/14/2012 4:32:05 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

They will certainly take a hard look at you. C or any variation thereof gets a call. They hire any age as long as they can learn new code. Visual is becoming more and more prevalent. I hope your new opportunity works out but just in case, I would look at Schneider. They are growing.

BTW this goes for anyone looking for any skill background. Just go through the states one by one and select “all” jobs.

Good Luck


22 posted on 07/14/2012 4:40:00 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: eyedigress

What connection do you have with Schneider?


23 posted on 07/14/2012 4:42:52 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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One other thing. If anybody does get contacted by Schneider be sure to FReepmail me so I can get my thousand bucks for referral. :^)


24 posted on 07/14/2012 4:47:29 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I can’t tell you anything about Germantown. What I CAN tell you is that this is the People’s Republic of Maryland—ruled by entrenched Demovik apparatchik, a clique of corruptocrats that make Trotsky look like a moderate. Good luck.


25 posted on 07/14/2012 4:51:34 PM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Test Engineering 13yrs. Power Business Unit, Nashville.

Just transferred to Schneider ITB and currently taking class in W. Kingston RI. I will be relocated to NC.


26 posted on 07/14/2012 4:51:34 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You don’t want to live in the Freak State ,,, 0’Malley is worse than 0’Bama ,,,, currently Md. is 40.7 billion in debt ,,, that’s $7,500.00 per each citizen and 0’Malley will impliment Commiecare in this state . He’s chased all the millionaires out with a millionaires tax and now his sights are on folks who make 100k . Currently 10% of the population are illegals and there are 3 counties loaded with minorities that carry all the elections thanks to recent redistricting . Maryland is one of the most corrupt states in the country ,,, you really don’t want to live here
and that’s coming from a decendant of the original settlers in 1634 . I’m 67 and plan to move from here very soon . You have gotten a fair warning and you can take heed or come here to help expand and support this nanny state .

Maryland is a beautiful state to drive through but you might not want to live in a communist society .


27 posted on 07/14/2012 5:22:44 PM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: Lionheartusa1

What I might do, though I’d feel like a rat, is to go ahead and keep applying for other jobs even if I take this one. The logistics would make long term presence in Maryland awkward for me, but beggars can’t be choosy.


28 posted on 07/14/2012 6:09:19 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; ...

You’re willing to move to MARYLAND? ARE YOU CRAZY???

Good luck with your interview, by the way.

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


29 posted on 07/14/2012 6:11:41 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Germantown is in Montgomery County, a suburb adjacent to the western side of DC. Montgomery County is very expensive but Germantown is not as bad as Bethesda or Potomac.

Maryland is a great place to live. It has a moderate climate and is close to both the Chesapeake Bay and the Ocean. There are scenic mountains close by. It is close to DC and the close to the inner suburbs. There are a lot of things to do. There are great seafood restaurants and other great restaurants throughout Mont Co, DC and Northern Virginia. There is also a wide range cultural events in the D.C. area. There are also many intelligent, friendly people to get to know.

The only bad thing about Montgomery County and Maryland is the politicians. They are almost all liberals and waste taxpayer money. There are high taxes and poor quality government services.

Be careful where you locate. Traffic in the area is terrible. You can easily end up with a commute of over an hour each way.

30 posted on 07/14/2012 6:13:44 PM PDT by detective
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To: Lionheartusa1

40 billion in debt , and we had a surplus under Ehrlich 6 years ago.


31 posted on 07/14/2012 6:29:30 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: eyedigress

As I do not know who you are, I was not able to name you as the Schneider employee referring me. (I stated the source as anonymous bulletin board.) But I was able to select all US locations and an interest area of IT, and I successfully threw a resume over the transom to them. One of dozens that have gone out over the last couple of weeks.


32 posted on 07/14/2012 6:36:16 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: Joe 6-pack

It’s not the crab, which could be obtained anywhere from NY to LA. (Mostly LA and NC.)

Or the shrimp, FTM

It’s the way it’s cooked. MDers know crabs like no-one does; we adore crabs like NO-one adores ANY food (and I mean that). And doing shrimp the same way as the crabs is genius.


33 posted on 07/14/2012 8:41:22 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Employment is way overrated.


34 posted on 07/15/2012 2:07:23 AM PDT by tdscpa
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To: Venturer

,,,, yes 40.7 billion in debt ,,, and if you don’t believe it ,,,, type in MARYLAND DEBT CLOCK in your search engine ,,, but first sit down . When B. Ehrlich (R) left the office he had a 2 billion surplus . Maryland is an anti-business ,,, pro welfare ,,, illegal immigrant ,,, sanctuary nanny state . Govt. handouts from cradle to grave and the dwindling working tax payers are expected to always pay more . Now the current redistricting map assures the Rats can always retain control .


35 posted on 07/15/2012 4:36:18 AM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: Lionheartusa1

The State recently stuck the counties with an unfunded teachers pension.Now the Counties will have to raise taxes tpo pay for that.

O’Mally is killing us.


36 posted on 07/15/2012 6:11:56 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: HiTech RedNeck

A notable advantage of Germantown (Montgomery Co.) is its proximity to Frederick Co. (better), Washington Co. (even better), Loudoun Co. VA (better still), and and the 3 counties of the Eastern Panhandle of WVa (best of all). The latter two are reachable via White’s Ferry (cool ride) and the Potomac Bridge Harper’s Ferry. There’s also a commuter rail between Martinsburg WV and Germantown. You can work in G’town and be totally away from Monkey Co. and DC in minutes.


37 posted on 07/15/2012 7:22:31 AM PDT by GopherIt
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To: HiTech RedNeck

If you have a varied background just go state to state with all jobs selected. Do not confine yourself to IT. The jobs all take a learning curve. I know numerous folks who have great potential in many fields but limit themselves. Go For It! is the attitude toward any field.


38 posted on 07/15/2012 3:57:23 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: eyedigress

Not sure what this “go state to state” business is. The job application form asked for locations. I highlighted all US ones. Bogged down the browser for a minute but it worked.


39 posted on 07/15/2012 5:07:58 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Germantown is on 270, the Tech Corridor. Lots of tech and contractors.

Maryland is a corrupt one party state and that is that.

That’s due to BaltCity, PG County, Montgomery County...but you can escape to Frederick County to the North and commute down 270....There are pockets of conservatism, in Carroll County or way out West in the mountains where I live.


40 posted on 07/15/2012 9:18:42 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

If you get the job in our taxed-burden state of Maryland you may not want to live within the state lines, it’s cheaper in WV and PA then MD. If you choose to stay in the state it’s far cheaper nearer to Hagerstown, which would be a 45 min commute (unless rush hour accidents mess that up). Let us know if you end up here & we’ll make more suggestions. Sorry for the delay, I don’t get on that much during weekends, but Monday it’s time to catch up with the real world.
Where do you hale from?


41 posted on 07/16/2012 3:45:20 AM PDT by conservativesister
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To: conservativesister

I live in Ill Noise. This obviously would mean at least a temporary relocation. Someone else suggested a spot in West Virginia that’s linked by commuter rail to Germantown. I like the idea of West Virginia. Sounds to me to be the most redneck country you can get in those parts.


42 posted on 07/16/2012 2:56:28 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: GopherIt

Gopher, do you know of a train going from Martinsburg directly to Germantown, or does this involve changing trains in (I think) Rockville? The Capitol Limited of Amtrak goes that way, but that’s a once a day train. You mentioned a commuter rail and I can’t find it with Google Maps rail.


43 posted on 07/16/2012 3:29:32 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I have been in maryland for 20 years. The first 10 were great. The last 10 have been horrible. The only reason I statesman was the job prospects were good but not now. I am a database programmer. unemployed for two years.

I am driving a limo to make enough to pay for my trip out of here.

the fr group here has been the best. but i thonk that is the only positive reason to stay in taxyland.


44 posted on 07/17/2012 11:08:31 PM PDT by Sensei Ern (;'()
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I have been in maryland for 20 years. The first 10 were great. The last 10 have been horrible. The only reason I statesman was the job prospects were good but not now. I am a database programmer. unemployed for two years.

I am driving a limo to make enough to pay for my trip out of here.

the fr group here has been the best. but i thonk that is the only positive reason to stay in taxyland.


45 posted on 07/17/2012 11:08:35 PM PDT by Sensei Ern (;'()
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I have been in maryland for 20 years. The first 10 were great. The last 10 have been horrible. The only reason I statesman was the job prospects were good but not now. I am a database programmer. unemployed for two years.

I am driving a limo to make enough to pay for my trip out of here.

the fr group here has been the best. but i thonk that is the only positive reason to stay in taxyland.


46 posted on 07/17/2012 11:08:35 PM PDT by Sensei Ern (;'()
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To: Sensei Ern

Weird. With all the unemployed high tech folk in Maryland, some guy reaches out and snatches an unknown from Chicago and puts him posthaste in Germantown. That’s what’s going on now. The offer letter should appear in my inbox today.

I’ll freepmail you who it was (the contract house) in case you’re curious. Let me know.


47 posted on 07/17/2012 11:51:49 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: Sensei Ern

You think Maryland’s taxy. Look at Ill Noise.


48 posted on 07/17/2012 11:53:23 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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