Finding a Job
Now that you know a little more about what types of jobs are often available out here, these resources can help you find out the latest about who's hiring, and help get you integrated into the local community so that you can obtain leads, find telecommuting opportunities, or perhaps even start the next great business here!
Durango Chamber of Commerce. The Durango Chamber maintains a job bank where businesses that belong to the Chamber can post jobs. You can also post your resume on this page so that local companies can search for you as well.
Durango Herald. The Durango Herald is the hometown newspaper of Durango, Colorado. In its classified section you can find up-to-date postings for both full-time and part-time work throughout Southwest Colorado and Northwest New Mexico (Farmington, Aztec). You can also post ads in the Herald for employment opportunities you may be specifically seeking. Other local sources.
The Durango Telegraph is a weekly paper published in Durango that provides job listings in their classified section.
Finally, the Pine River Times is the weekly paper that serves Bayfield and Ignacio. They too carry help wanted ads in their classified section.
Staffing agencies can be a great way to enter a local workforce. Staffing agencies typically have a deep understanding of local employers and job needs in a region. These agencies also have jobs not posted online and may even know of potential leads for professions such as yours. La Plata County is fortunate to have two staffing agencies, SOS Staffing and Uni-Staff. Both are headquartered in Durango but work throughout the County to fill job needs for our leading employers and support job seekers as well.
Workforce and Continuing Education
Colorado Workforce is the primary state agency dedicated to help people who are unemployed, underemployed, or seeking a career change. Their website can help you research careers and look for job opportunities in Southwest Colorado. They also have an office in Durango where you can stop by to seek jobs, get certified in valuable programs, and enter apprenticeships. Please see their website for more information about how they can help you. For more information on continuing education and collegiate opportunities in La Plata County, please see our workforce development page.
Networking and Entrepreneurship
La Plata County is recognized for having a strong entrepreneurial- some would say a pioneer- spirit. If you've ever thought of opening your own business or going to work for yourself, we have the resources to help you! Please see our page on starting a business to learn more about the resources that are here to help you, or contact the Economic Development Alliance today for a free appointment to learn more.
We are also a very open community that enjoys getting together for good times and good business. There are a variety of networking organizations in town that can help you get to know businesses, or other entrepreneurs, or develop opportunities for self-employment. Many of them are listed on our business resource page, but here are a couple that can be especially important for you to look into as an emerging professional in La Plata County:
- The Durango Tech Group has over 170 members from the IT industry who work for local companies, telecommute, or are self-employed. The group helps IT professionals network, learn about the latest technology trends, and develop technology businesses in La Plata County.
- Durango Space is a new co-working space that offers the self-employed and telecommuters a place where they can work and network with other like-minded professionals. They also host a number of events that can help with your professional growth.
- There are also several local Rotary clubs, as well as Business Network International (BNI) that you can join to meet other professionals in the community. Finally the local Chambers of Commerce of Bayfield, Ignacio, and Durango host a variety of events every month where you can meet other businesses and professionals and learn more about the community as well.