Finding a job can be hard enough but when you add moving into the mix, it becomes even more of a challenge. To ease some of that worry, we’ve come up with a few tips to use when you pursue your next job opportunity in a new place.
Before considering a move, take a look at the location as a whole and determine if it’s a place where you’ll be able to support yourself and one that you’ll be comfortable calling home. Researching your options and visiting websites such as AreaVibes will give you information on your employment prospects as well as other valuable considerations such as housing, weather or crime.
When looking at employment, you should determine the biggest companies and industries and create a short list of the places you’d like to work. This can be done by searching job postings on sites such as Indeed or taking a look at what local staffing agencies are offering. Many organizations also offer job alerts, so take advantage of those too.
If you have enough time, try planning a trip to your new city before the move. You’ll get an idea of what it will be like to live there and you may be able to schedule some interviews during your visit.
If you know anyone in the area that you’ll be heading to, ask them for their advice and see if they can refer you for a job opening. A referral will give you the best opportunity to land a good job fast in a new city.
If you’re making the move with few connections, your next best option will be to reach out to the top leaders in employment. By contacting the local job center, chamber of commerce or a few staffing agencies to start, you’ll get some education on the current job market as well as some outlets for finding work.
Don’t forget about social media either. Using LinkedIn or Facebook to build your network and join local job groups is an excellent option to start networking before physically making the move.
It’s important to be flexible when you’re starting somewhere new. It’s even more important if you haven’t completed the move.
There are times when an organization will dismiss candidates that don’t live in the area as a quick way to get through a stack of resumes. If you have an address that you’ll be moving to, put it down to avoid this issue.
If you don’t have your housing settled yet, make it clear in your cover letter when you’ll be making the move. An extra step you can take, beyond simply submitting an application, is contacting the company and reaching out to hiring manager to explain your situation in more detail.
In regards to interviewing, you should be prepared to make a trip if you’re seriously interested in a position. Some companies may offer phone screens or interviews via Skype early in the hiring process but will more than likely want to meet you in person before bringing you on board. There are no guarantees that the trip will be covered by the company you’re interviewing with, so make sure you’re committed to this opportunity and the costs associated with it.
As mentioned previously, staffing agencies are an excellent place to turn when moving to a new city. They will connect you with local employers, getting your foot in the door and serving as a representative for your employment needs.
No matter where you’re at in your career, don’t be afraid to take a temporary or seasonal job as a way to earn some cash and get started. As you get settled, you can take the steps to pursue a job that might be a better fit or something that offers more stability.
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