Are you ready for a change of location? If you’re in a rut and need a change, or want to move closer to family or friends, you may be searching for a new job in a new city - which can be challenging. Luckily, with the ease of video and phone interviews and the ease of applying for jobs directly online, it’s more effective now than ever to get yourself noticed by companies around the country. Here, we’ve outlined a few tips to make your out-of-state job search just a bit easier. Pack your bags and get ready to go, cause your new home and your new job are just around the corner!
This isn’t your typical job search. On top of applying for multiple jobs, you’re going to be juggling packing, finding a new apartment, learning a whole new city, and all the other requirements for moving. This means you’re going to have to stay hyper organized throughout the entire process. Don’t let emails or calls slip through the cracks - you want to be available and ready to speak with recruiters and hiring managers who may want to bring you on board.
Use who you know
Do you have any friends, family, or former coworkers who happen to live in the city you’re looking to apply in? Your extended network can be a great help - not only in giving you tips on where to live in the city or the best restaurants coffee shops around town - but to connect you with professionals they know who work in your industry. Don’t be afraid to Facebook message or LinkedIn message an old contact or friend, we’re sure they’ll be more than willing to help out!
Alternatively, your university’s alumni network is another great place to find connections in a new city. Reach out on social media and see who may be able to point you in the right direction.
Be detailed in your cover letter
Employers are going to be very curious as to why you’re moving, and your cover letter is a great place to explain your professional and personal reasons for doing so. Use this opportunity to be detailed, yet concise, and offer them everything they need to know about your dedication to work, your drive, why you’d be a great candidate, and why moving is important to you.
Be persistent, and stay focused
It may take a bit longer for you to find a new job in a new city, but don’t let that break your spirit. You have made a decision for a reason, keep that reason in mind when you’re waiting to hear back from employers. If you’re persistent and you stay focused, your new job will be waiting for you right around the corner!