Do you have to move before finding a job in a new city? This is a very valid question and whether you are moving for a better opportunity, family obligations, or just a plain old fresh start, the truth is that you don’t need to move first. Here are a few tactics to help you land that job prior to the U-Haul pulling up in your driveway.
Research the new city that you want to be in.
Ask yourself key questions such as; What’s my industry like in this city? What’s the probability that I can get a good job? What’s the cost of living index, and will my likely salary be able to manage it? Will I have to downgrade my current lifestyle because the new city won’t let my dollars stretch as far? Research areas to live in, hotspots to visit, culture, and whatever else is important to you and your lifestyle. The more information you have, the better off you will be.
Leverage your current networking and begin building one in your new city.
See who you know in there. Friends, family, past colleagues, alumni connections. Can they introduce you to anyone else? Try to connect with others in the city that might have a common connect and ENGAGE with them. Simply adding a connection is not enough.
Make it clear that you are relocation in your cover letter.
A prospective company might give preference to a local candidate because they won’t have to fork out the big bucks on relocation costs. Be sure to address this clearly in your cover letter to ensure you are still being considered. There are three ways to do this: The start of the cover letter, “My family and I are moving to Denver in April…”. At the end of the letter, “I am currently in the process of moving to Denver and have the resources in place that would allow me to relocate immediately upon hiring.” A general statement, “I am willing to travel and relocation for your service.”
Join Groups (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc…) in your new city.
Look for groups that are in your industry, line of work, or even hobby. This will allow you to engage with like-minded people in your new city, chat with them about their companies, areas to live in, and even hotspots that you should try. Not only are you building new friendships in your city, but these are the people that might refer you into your new job.
Target 3-5 companies that you would like to work for in your new city.
Make a list of 3-5 ideal companies that you would like to work at and get as much information as you can about them and their hiring process. Check out places like Glassdoor, Yelp, and Indeed to see customer and employee reviews. Follow them and interact with them on social media. Reach out to company recruiters or hiring managers through a direct message and introduce yourself. Let them know that you will be in town and ask if they have 10 minutes for you to drop by and learn about their work and company.
It’s undeniably harder to find a job when you are not local, but not impossible. Even under the best circumstances, a job search takes time and perseverance. Manage your expectations during this process and keep your head up and soon enough, you’ll be packing that U-Haul!