Want to Boost Your Job Prospects? Head to D.C.

January 11, 2013

Changing Careers, Job Hunt, Networking

Get Hired Fast - job prospectsWant to increase your job prospects? You might consider a move to the nation’s capital.

According to a recent story by the Reuters news service, Washington, D.C. is experiencing a population boom as job seekers head to the district hoping to nab one of the new manufacturing or technology jobs offered there.

But here’s some advice: Simply moving to a city or community in which companies are growing doesn’t assure you of a job. You’ll still need to run a professional job search, and that means boosting your networking skills, crafting a strong resume, and conducting a social media job search.

D.C. on the Rise

According to the Reuters story, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Washington D.C.’s population increased 2.15 percent from July of 2011 through July of this year. Only North Dakota enjoyed a bigger percentage increase during this time.

The Census Bureau also found that D.C.’s population rose 5.1 percent from 2010 to 2012. That’s the biggest population jump in the country during this time.

Reuters reported that D.C. boasted 632,323 residents as of July 1.

Why D.C.?

Why has D.C. seen this type of growth? For one thing, the city attracts a large international community thanks to the many foreign embassies in its borders. At the same time, the D.C. area hasn’t been hit as hard by the recession and the country’s slow recovery from it as has been other major U.S. cities. That has helped attract new residents seeking jobs.

And the jobs offered in D.C. are varied. The area is home to many high-tech companies seeking specialists in the world of STEM, science, technology, engineering, and math. Manufacturing jobs are also on the rise here.

And, of course, government jobs are plentiful in the D.C. area.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in D.C. dropped to 8.1 percent in November from 10.1 percent in the same month one year earlier.

Finding Work There

Just because D.C. is a hot place for job seekers doesn’t mean that those seeking to make a professional job change won’t have to rely on the top job search strategies.

Networking remains the best way to find a new career or job today, whether you’re looking for that job in Chicago, New York City, Kansas City, Seattle, or Washington, D.C. Having the right resume, one that promotes your career accomplishments, is still key. And relying on such sites as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to contact your online business network is still a necessity.

If you need job search advice, whether you’re heading to D.C. or staying put in your current hometown, consider signing up for our Get Hired Boot Camp. Our career pros can give you the job search advice you need in today’s challenging economy.

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