Sometimes you may have a job that you enjoy but your significant other receives the job offer of a lifetime which may require relocation. Finding a new job in a new city can be challenging. Here are some suggestions on how to job search for positions in other cities.
Check with Your Current Employer
Your first step should be to check with your current employer if you find that you may need to relocate. Your employer may have opportunities in the new area where you are moving and you may be able to take that position. Your current boss may also give you the opportunity to work remotely in your current position. So definitely talk to your boss about opportunities.
You can also ask your significant other about any services that his/her new job may be offering. Sometimes, the new company may have some services to help the significant other during the move. This perk is not as common nowadays as it may have been in the past but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
This situation lends itself to LinkedIn and Facebook very well. You can determine if you have connections that live in the area – 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree – and use those contacts to find out about job opportunities in your new area. These connections may even be able to suggest other contacts that may be able to assist you.
If you are a member of associations or business groups, you should remember to transfer your information to your new location. This will also allow you to make additional contacts in your career area. If there is no chapter of your professional organization in your new town, you can look into chartering one; this gives you the chance to reach out to others in your field and make new contacts.
A Dual Use for House Hunting Trips
When you go to your future location for a house hunting trip, you can also look for work. Before you arrive, you can contact various companies in the area that you might be interested in working with and set up informational interviews for when you will be in town. Again, this increases your set of contacts in the area and it might open some doors in your new town.
Looking for a new job as a part of relocation requires some prep work. It may take some time so you have to be patient. For more job tips, sign up for our GetHiredBootCamp today.