It can be very difficult if you’re looking for a job in another state or city if you’re willing to relocate for a new job. Looking for a job in another state or city is much more difficult than applying for local jobs and waiting for a return call. When you are preparing to relocate there’s a lot to do.
There is a lot to do if you want to move to another city. The first thing that you need to do is to learn as you can about the city just to ensure that the new city is where you want to live. You should also make sure that you can afford to live in this new city because most cities have very different costs of living. If you don’t have a new job already lined up you should also consider if you can afford to move.
Then you should prepare a strategy for relocation by determining how much time that you’ll have available for exploratory trips prior to you moving and when how and when you’ll move. In a perfect world you should plan on making two separate trips, one for interviews and one to determining the general details about such things as finding a place to live.
Next, you should make a list of employers who may be hiring and begin to contact them and asking them to arrange an interview. You should hunt down advertisements for jobs, us all of the resources on the Internet, and contact recruiters. At this stage, even interviews for informational purposes will be useful because they’ll help expand your network of contacts in the city to which you want to relocate to. You should also use your partner’s network, if you’re relocating with one.
You should explain in a cover letter that you are relocating when you contact potential employers, and provide them the date that you will be in their area if possible. You should inform potential employers that you can be available for interviews over the telephone if that is more convenient for them. When you plan to make exploratory trips to the new city you should schedule as many interviews as possible scheduled for the dates of those trips. You should plan your exploratory trips to the new city to coincide with the scheduled dates of events such as career fairs.
You should consider a temporary job as a solution in the short term if you are close to your date that you plan to relocate without a job. A temporary job might lead to a full time job and at the least can be a great way to expand your network. But, you shouldn’t take permanent job that is a lower position if possible. It may hold your career back, although it may seem like a good idea in the short term.