My good friend Victorio Milian (@victorio_m) came up with a great idea for a lot of HR folks to talk about HR and their Home (city). You can read my post below, but also check out the other compilation of posts from some great HR folks at his site: http://www.victoriomilian.com/2012/12/hr-and-home-carnival.html.
Ranches. Cowboys. Skyscrapers. Concrete.
Not your run of the mill words used to describe a city, but all of these can be used to describe my town – Dallas, TX.
I moved here a little over a year ago and for many reasons – new job, closer to family and friends, and because it is just an all about great place to live. However, many people have disagreed with me about my feelings of working/living in Dallas because of the traffic (check out I-635 at 5 p.m., if you want to experience it first hand), the amount of concrete here (we like to drive), and the heat. But don’t you have that with any major metro (well, weather varies depending on where you live)?
Anyways, back to what I really want to talk about.
Recently I decided to officially call Dallas home so I purchased a home. No more can I just pick up and move as you can with a rental property. There is more now that ties me here.
Seeing as I do not plan on moving any time soon, I have been reflecting over the past couple of weeks how this city impacts me and my future (particularly my career). If you haven’t heard, Texas is a land with many jobs across several metros – Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio – and each provides its own host of various organizations to work for. What more could you ask for, right?
Well, this is partially right in my book. Why?
Although there are many opportunities available, there is also a competitive labor market here. I know there is a competitive labor market everywhere, but there is another side to the coin other than just job availability – you also have to back it up with your KSAs. Again, I know this is common sense, but what you have to realize is that Dallas is a vast place with many smart, bright, and ambitious folks. Much of this due to the fact this city boasts the third largest concentration of Fortune 500s in the nation.
Yet, I don’t let this deter me; instead, I use it to motivate me to continue to develop myself in my profession, as well as personally. And I know the impact that I will have here and the impact this city will have on me will be great.
With that said, I realize that I need to do a better job integrating myself into the HR communities here as part of my development and overall need for networking. This is hard when you travel for your job, but no more can I use that as an excuse. We have close to ten plus HR organizations just in the metro that I can take part in….I just have to make myself available.
And from the little bit I have seen, the HR communities here are robust with awesome people; yet, the one thing I would like to see is more of that talent integrated with social media. As we all know, SM is a driver to sharing information beyond the typical luncheon and I want to see some more SM rock stars added to the handful currently here to propel our city’s talent, learning, and networking.
Given the fact we have a lot of opportunities and people to compete with, if I go back to the original question I started out reflecting on and that was how this city impacts me, I can honestly say it impacts me for the positive. I love living here and enjoy calling it home. Where do you know of a city that offers you a place to relive the cowboy and cattle farming days and then just 45 minutes away, experience trendy shopping and happening places to eat? Dallas!
And the great thing is that some other kick ass HR folks call this place home too – Craig Fisher (@fishdogs), William Tincup (@williamtincup), Crystal Miller (@theonecrystal), Carrie Corbin (@thealphafemme), Elizabeth Lalli-Reese (@TXStrategicHR), Lois Melbourne (@loismelbourne), and so many more I haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet.
So if you find yourself interested in coming to see what were are about down here, even if just for a visit, hit any of us up and we would be excited to share our great place with you!