30 Things You Need To Know About North Carolina Before You Start Working There

By Chris Kolmar
Jun. 15, 2015

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1. You will order sweet tea at a business dinner and get a raise (of a glass!) because of it.

2. You will conduct business on the golf course as much as possible in the summer (or March for that matter).

3. You will have to choose a college sports team and it may impact your employment chances.

4. You will stop on the way to work to grab a biscuit and a coffee.

5. You will have moonshine at the company holiday parties.

6. You will add Duke’s Mayo to your brown bag sandwiches.

7. You will argue at the water cooler over what the best BBQ joint in town (Q-Shack in Durham in case you were wondering).

8. You will wear a toboggan to work in the winter (But you won’t be able to ride one to work very often).

9. You will drink some kind of local brew at Friday night happy hour.

10. You will take vacations to the outer banks (or the closest beach possible).

11. You will run into colleagues at the farmer’s market on Saturday morning — and try to avoid them if you’re me.

12. You will learn what each city specializes in and naturally gravitate towards one over the others (They call it the Research Triangle for a reason).

13. You will make Nabs the official office snack.

14. You will have to travel to Churyville (not Cherryville) and Beaufort (not Bewfort) for business meetings.

15. You will find out that North Carolina runs on Krispy Kremes, not Dunkin Donuts.

16. You will have the best chance of snagging a job near the two major (best?!) cities in the Tar Heel State — Raleigh and Charlotte.


17. You will wish you could expense team lunches at Cookout.

18. You will set up your own set of radio stations for the commute to work — Kiss95.1, WUNC, WFAE, G105…

19. You will try to wear flip flops to work at least once.

20. You will have a harder time finding a job around the border of the state.

21. You will join the office softball team — or kickball or volleyball or basketball or every other sport imaginable.

22. You will bless your boss’s heart a little too much sometimes.

23. You will ask the person in charge of company food to make sure they stock up on Cheerwine and Sundrop.

24. You will love how far your paycheck goes because of the low cost of living.

25. You will work hard so that one day you can own a house as large as the Biltmore.

26. You will cherish office lunches sponsored by Bojangles.

27. Y’all learn to use y’all in casual business lingo.

28. You will wish the company would host a party at the North Carolina Zoo.

29. You will want to have your retirement party at Duke Gardens.

30. You will have colleagues over on the weekends to hang out the porch and take in the awesomeness of North Carolina.

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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