The national economy is slowly improving, but there are areas of the country that are faring particularly well in this recovery. While the deflated housing market and the likelihood of one’s home value being “underwater” is likely to prevent many job seekers from relocating, those in a position to pick up stakes should definitely cast as wide a net as possible when seeking employment.
There are several ways one can effectively tackle the job search in another location.
One of the first things that must be done is to contact family, friends and former business associates to see if anyone has any business or social contacts in the new location.
Examine your own contacts. You will undoubtedly have many more than you think, once you start making a list. In terms of the new location — do you know anyone working there? Do you have any former school associates who may live there? How about your own parents and other relatives — might any of them have any contacts there? Think about your friends, and the mutual friends you and your spouse have developed through your social contacts. Do they have any business associates or friends of their own in the new location to whom you might be referred for job leads? Do any of your former work associates know any employers in the new location?Social networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook can be invaluable in reaching these far-flung friends, family and acquaintances. If you have yet to sign up for one or all of the available services, now is the time to do so.
You can readily see how the list of potential contacts can grow. That can serve as one of the important bases for your job search. It is helpful to have a personal contact of some sort to mention when you are contacting a prospective employer rather than having to make a cold call on the company. Do not be discouraged, though, at the prospect of making cold calls. Many job seekers do, with great success.
Another excellent source of information on companies is the public library. Conduct internet research on the new location, trolling local business pages, chamber of commerce sites, state department of labor sites, etc. Taking this action may provide a job search starting base.
You can also check the newspapers or online news sites of the city to which you will be moving and look through the want ads.
It is also a good idea to call the Chamber of Commerce in the city to which you will be relocating. Many will provide you with a list of companies or other sources you can contact to find possible job openings in your field.
Look at all industries. Just because you worked in aerospace, for example, does not mean that is the only field for which you are qualified. Sell functional job skills. A salesperson is a salesperson. A secretary is a secretary. The type of industry in which those functions were previously performed is irrelevant. Chances are, your job skills qualify you for a variety of other industries.
Plan a visit to the cities you are considering. Before you arrive, contact several companies and ask to talk with the person who heads the department for which you want to work. Try to set up face-to-face interviews. Even if the companies are not hiring, ask for a meeting, explaining that you will only be in town for a couple of days and would like to get the person’s advice and guidance on finding a job in your particular field in that city. People love to give advice and if the meeting goes well it could turn into a job offer or you may obtain the name of a manager at a company that is hiring.
For those who decide to relocate before finding a position, it is necessary to expand one’s local network as quickly as possible. Join local clubs, volunteer organizations and business or professional groups. Attending community meetings will also help build your network.
These new contacts and friends can be instrumental in assisting you in your job search.
What you will be doing in many cases as you interface with the new business contacts and friends is to tap the so-called hidden job market, where jobs exist that have not yet been advertised. Those jobs are quite often created on the spot for the individual whom the employer decides he or she likes and wants to hire. The company may have an as-yet unarticulated need for a person with your skills and abilities, a job that is not announced because the company does not want to attract swarms of unqualified job seekers.