Simply picking up and leaving is a more desirable option when you’re a little younger, with no bills and no additional responsibilities. As you get older working out the logistics of the move becomes a more difficult proposition. One of the things that we are big on here at Jobtrakr is preparation. Victory loves preparation. However, we recognize there may be circumstances beyond your control that speed up the decision making process. Finding a job in your hometown is hard enough. Finding one in another city may prove to be even more difficult. If done right, this could be the jump-start that your career needed. Here are a few tips to ensure success in finding a job in your new town.
Do Your Research
Before you pack up the moving truck, try to do as much research as you can about the city where you are moving to. Find out as much as you can about the hot industries in the area and which companies are the major players. Think Orlando and Disney. Most large cities should have a major player that calls the shots. Get as much info as you can, and you’ll be ready to hit the ground running.
Grow Your Network
Make a short list of individuals that you already know that may be in the area. Let them know that you plan on moving to the area, and inquire if they can introduce you to other professionals in the area. Leverage the power of your social network. People are usually willing to help those that are new in town to get plugged into the local scene. Take advantage of as many networking events as you can.
Reach Out to College Career Centers/Alumni Networks
Most college career centers will be willing to help recent graduates that have moved to a new city. Do some research to find out which ones are available to you and if they are hosting open information sessions. Colleges are great ways to get connected to employers that are hiring. Take advantage of any free resources that are made available to you. Also look to see if your Alumni association has a local presence. There’s nothing like having a familiar face in a strange place, especially when you’re just venturing out in a new city.
Take Temporary Work
One of the easiest ways to get your foot in the door is to take on temporary work. Don’t just take on anything. Take on work that will give you visibility to opportunities and get your name and face out there. This is a great way to make solid connections and contacts that could help you along the way as you get yourself established in your new surroundings.
Relocating can be stressful. The most important thing is making sure you have a solid plan. Figure what your expenses will be for a few months and how far any savings will take you. Identifying an exit strategy is equally as important. If things don’t work out in the new town, you don’t want to linger without knowing what your next move is going to be. Preparation is key. As long as your prepared, you’ll be ready to hit the streets running in your new town.