You may have decided that you want to move to a new city, but how much time have you taken to consider your career? Finding your feet in unfamiliar surroundings can be difficult, so we’ve compiled this handy guide to help you be successful in your future job search.
Get a local address
Including your home address on your resume can have its advantages and its disadvantages. If you remove it, there is nothing obvious to inform prospective employers that you’re not local. At the same time, it could prompt them to jump to conclusions, especially if your past positions show that you’ve been working in another city. Instead, you might want to consider using a local address of a friend or family member or if that’s not a feasible option, just be sure to make it clear to any interested parties that relocation is on the horizon.
Sign up for job alerts
Look on local or national recruitment sites and sign up for email alerts so that you can jump straight to action when any jobs with your criteria are listed. You should also do your research and contact recruitment agencies in your new city so that they can help you in your search.
Talk to your current connections
Think about who you already know in the place you’re planning to move to. How might they be able to help you out? Whether it’s giving you a place to stay for a few nights or putting the word out that you’re job hunting, this might be the assistance you need to make the move. Don’t be afraid to get in touch with Facebook/LinkedIn connections, university friends, and professional associates.
Start building a new network
Whether you already know a few people in your new city or no one at all, it’s essential to start building a new network. LinkedIn “Groups” can allow you to connect with professionals in the area who may be working in the same field. Don’t underestimate the power of networking when it comes to moving forward with your career.
Be prepared to interview
You might have to catch a last-minute train (or even plane) to attend your interview and while this might cost you in the short-term, moving to a city without a permanent paycheck in place will put you out of pocket even more. Make the most of your trip and see if there are any networking events taking place when you plan to travel.
“Candidates usually report one of two opposite reactions after walking out of their first job interview. They either feel they did extremely well or, unfortunately, that they failed completely. Then, they spend a few hours (or days) mulling over every small detail of the interview in their minds, reading into what happened. This can turn into something that an old mentor of mine referred to as “R&R: Review and Regret” — not a constructive use of anyone’s time.” – TopInterview.com
Finding a new job in the same city is stressful enough without throwing travel into the mix, so don’t get discouraged if it takes time. People land new jobs in different cities all of the time, so nothing is stopping you from doing the same!