Tips on finding a job in a different city
Relocating to a new city? You’re one in 40 million Americans that move at least once, each year. According to USA Today, “Much of that movement includes younger people relocating within cities, but it is trends of Americans moving to warmer climates, more affordable areas, and better job opportunities that have largely determined migration patterns in recent decades.” No matter what your motivation for the move, we’re giving the skinny on the best tips for finding a new job in a new city!
Have a plan—One of the most common mistakes when people move to a new city in search of a job, is lack of preparation. Even though it might seem daunting to apply for jobs long-distance before you move, it often proves itself as worth it in the long-run. On the other hand, if you decide to wait until you arrive in the new city to job search, then, it’s important to financially plan and save the necessary amount to pay your necessities before landing your new gig!
Study your new city—Testing the market that is specific to you, is one of the best things you can do to prepare for your new job search. Get to know the economy as well as large companies and industries that dominate the area. Visit local news sites with the latest stories to discover what’s happening in the city’s infrastructure. Going into the situation with a knowledge of the local business scene, will not only help you in the job search process but your interviews as well!
Join a local chamber or networking group—The best way to meet new people and especially prospective employers is through getting involved in active groups! Visit the US Chamber of Commerce for a full directory and to find a chamber near you. Additionally, there are often other weekly and monthly networking groups in various cities that are compiled of individuals specific to each industry. Google your specific industry and location.
Target specific companies—Thanks to social media, it’s easy to access the hiring managers and other important staff members at specific companies. Once you narrow down which companies you’re most interested in, do your research online and reach-out directly through LinkedIn. Direct contact will get you a whole lot further than joining the endless resumes uploaded to the job postings.
Get a temp job—Pursuing temp work is a great way to get your foot in the door. Often times, if you prove yourself, a temporary position leads to a permanent one!The beauty of this option is that you also get to continue pursuing a full-time job, while collecting an income from your temp job.Local temp agencies make the process fairly easy and convenient!
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