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As an entry-level job seeker, Aravind Rajadurai hoped to have a developer job lined up once he graduated from Texas State University in December 2020. But he was met with a harsh reality as he found himself still searching for full-time positions in Austin almost 10 months later.

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A record number of workers quit their jobs in April, according to the latest available date from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Pexels)

Welcome to the Great Resignation.

Amid a flurry of job openings across the U.S., workers are quitting their jobs en masse.

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Austin's tech industry is hardly insulated from the post-pandemic labor shortage. Its workers stand to benefit as a result. (Joe Jungmann/CC)

Austin's tech labor market, which was already tight heading into the pandemic, has grown even more so as California companies flock to the capital city. It's made for a situation where employers are listening more to worker demands to fill job openings.

For tech workers—like their counterparts in the restaurant, construction and myriad other industries facing labor shortages—that means setting their own terms, such as remote work options and higher wages.

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It seems almost every business has a "Now Hiring" sign plastered on the front door, but not Texas' beloved Buc-ee's, the world record holder for largest convenience store, which has become a sensation on social media for retaining its workforce.

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