Erik Larson writes about the job market, resume improvement, and career advice
Career opportunities in new cities can prove both frighteningly foreign and utterly alluring. To lessen the fear factor in any move, consider some of the following strategies.
Knowledge is Power
The first key to relocating is thoroughly researching your desired destination. Review your finances to ensure you will get along well in that city. Read up on the average climate of the area to guarantee your comfort. In addition, understand whether the place you are moving to is more urban or more rural. If you are moving from a small town to a big city, make your pitch as a specialist. Let employers know that you have a particular skill set that they cannot find in other residents of the city. If you are moving from a big city to a small town, make employers feel as though they will be gaining something special, almost otherworldly, by hiring you. Sell yourself with moxie.
Don't Miss a Single Detail
Once you have determined where you would like to live, devise an overall plot in regards to the move itself. Take time to visit and explore the area before deciding approximately when you would like to pack up and set out. Arrange a set budget that will last you as long as it takes to complete your job search. Because the average search may take anywhere from three months to a year, you must plan accordingly, keeping factors such as rent, security deposits and mortgage payments in mind.
The Land of Opportunity
Once you have arrived in your new locale, begin conducting more research to discover which major employers are located near you. You can find such information in phone books, newspapers, by word of mouth or through the company's website or networks such as LinkedIn. It is also wise to contact your Chamber of Commerce and ask for a membership directory. Keep a list of target employers and vital contacts throughout this process. Line up interviews with as many potential workplaces as possible, as early as possible.
Never Settle for Less
If your deadline for bolstering a job is looming just overhead, consider temping. This offers a "foot-in-the-door" approach without forcing you to accept a lower level occupation simply for the sake of having one. You should avoid settling for a job that you are unhappy with as you might find yourself stuck in it, and the work will grow overwhelmingly tedious. Know what you want, and put yourself first.
Money Doesn't Buy Happiness
Remember to keep your loved ones in mind before making a big move. Take into account how often you will be able to see them once you reach your new city. Any job can wear on you over time, and it is your relationships that will help you maintain emotional balance. If you are moving because your significant other received a job in your city of choice, however, use it to your advantage. Check to see if their company provides any consulting resources to aid you in your search.