The job search process and moving might be two of the most stressful situations known to man. Combine them both together and you can have quite the cocktail of anxiety, apprehension, and lost sleep. The job search process is tedious and grueling enough when you are trying to find the ideal occupation in a local setting; add relocation and remote job searching to the mix, and you have an entirely different ball game. No longer are the days when you can walk to the company down the street and hand them your resume. Times when someone can call you to come into their office for an impromptu interview are no more. When you are moving and simultaneously trying to find a job, the decreased flexibility on both sides creates hurdles and headaches that can make the moving job seeker want to crawl into their suitcase and never come out.
Here are some tips on alleviating some of your job search/relocation woes!
Research your destination: For the most part, this one goes without saying. Obviously, if you are deciding to move somewhere, chances are you have looked into the location a bit. But this tip doesn’t refer to looking into the location’s average high temperature, or what kind of school district you would be in. Specifically in relation to job searching, you should look at the average salaries in the area. What is the job outlook? What sorts of positions are available? What is the unemployment rate? Make sure to know what kind of job search climate you are entering.
Network the best you can: We know it is difficult to really establish a circle or network when you are not in the area, but social media might be a great option for you, especially professional profiles such as LinkedIn. Make sure your profile and credentials are strong, and include information on your profile about your desire to relocate. If you are a member of groups, put the word out to see if anyone is from your new area and has any tips. You can also use LinkedIn to seek out business professionals in your new area and reach out to them.
Anticipate the confusion of “If you live there, why are you applying here?” Be prepared for people to be slightly perplexed if you applied for a position in Florida but your resume says you live in Montana. If you are job searching before you actually move, make sure you are ready to explain to people your aspirations to move, or especially if you are applying online, they might think you just applied by mistake! A good way to clear it up from the get go is to include something in the objective of your resume or in your cover letter.
Have a Plan B. Like we said, finding a job anywhere can be tough, but it is especially tasking when you are not in the area. Make sure you have a backup plan if you don’t find a job right away. Do you have enough money set aside to support you while on your job search? Are you prepared to accept a temporary position while you search for your ideal position? A good solution for this (and we aren’t just saying this because it’s what we do!) is to reach out to a staffing company. Staffing firms are an excellent way to get your resume out there and obtain temporary positions and build your experience. Also, recruiters at staffing agencies have far more access and knowledge about available openings in the area, so they might be able to get your foot in the door for your ideal job as well.
Be positive and persistent. This can be a grueling process, and it takes a lot of work to find work! Make sure to keep your head held high and know that you have to maintain steady persistence with follow-up and communication. Don’t get down if a job doesn’t fall in your lap immediately, and fuel your job search with the ambition and excitement of the next venture you are about to embark on!