Whether it’s because you’re in a rut and just need a change or you’re moving to be closer to family, deciding to relocate can be both stressful and exciting – notably when it comes to landing a new job.
However, tackle your job search the right way and you can pursue that new career in a brand-new locale quite successfully. The following are our top tips for a successful job search out of state.
Build Online Networks
One of the best things you can do during a job search out of state is to build networks online with individuals who work in the same industry, or who work at a company you are interested in. Don’t be afraid to make a visit to meet with contacts in person; indeed, in this digital age, it is not uncommon for people to build a professional relationship online. Reach out to at least 50 contacts, initiate informational interviews, stay connected and follow up.
Find Local Alumni
Taking into consideration the area you are interested in moving to, find alumni who live there and make connections. Relationships are built on shared connections and interests, and with alumni, you know you share at least one thing in common. Alumni groups can be located through a university, LinkedIn groups and other organizations that may collaborate with associations. Send emails to literally every person you can who may be able to help, mention that you are moving and ask them if they know anyone in that particular state or city.
Be Honest About Your Current Situation
Prospective employers like honesty, we can tell you that, so be honest with whomever you contact about your current situation. Don’t tell him or her that you will be available in two weeks, for example, when you know that relocating to a new area would realistically take you close to four weeks. In short, look for a new job in your desired location, answer honestly when asked for your reasons for relocating and don’t tell your current employer, if applicable, you are intending to leave until you have a written contract.
Consider Relocation Costs
Determine whether you have the means to cover relocation costs on your own or not; some employers do not cover the cost to interview or relocate to a new area, so before you make the leap it’s important to evaluate your budget. Financially, one of the most common miscalculations many people make is assuming a larger income automatically equals a more prosperous life; in reality, money is not immutable – its value alters as national and state boundaries are crossed.
Find Your Support
Connect with family, friends or friends-of-friends to help you make the transition to a new state temporarily, until you can find a place of your own – support is the key!
Be Prepared for FaceTime or Skype
More and more employers are utilizing web and video-based interviewing techniques, so practice feeling comfortable in front of your computer screen and having a conversation with someone on the other side of it. Also, it’s important to wear proper attire during a video interview, just as you would if you were face-to-face.
It can be difficult to find a position in a new state, but the nature of the job market is changing and employers realize that their top candidates may not be of the local variety. By targeting the right positions and putting in the extra effort, you’ll be packing your bags and settling into a new job in no time.