Moving is the worst. If reorienting your entire life wasn’t enough, there’s the packing, the box moving and then the unpacking (unless you take the “hide the boxes where no one will see them” approach). The last thing you want to deal with in the middle of a chaotic move is a long drawn-out job search, and who can blame you? Usually making your job search easier is just about having a little bit of a strategy going into it, and no matter where you’re moving to that won’t change. Here are a few strategic tips to make applying for jobs a little easier in your new location.
Get to know your surroundings: You don’t necessarily have to pull out a map and study every turn and dead-end street, but driving around your new neighborhood is a great way to keep you from getting lost and seeing what types of companies are near you. Most people want to work near where they live, so getting the lay of the land is the first step in that process.
Make friends: Whether you make friends through a hobby, or just get to know your neighbors using your favorite apple pie recipe, your social network can be the key to getting your next job. Job openings are often made known to current employees before they’re ever listed, and if the jobs listed already, having an employee referral will definitely help you get your foot in the door.
Look to ol’ reliable: You have enough changes in your life; your job is one place where you can stick to what you know. Look for jobs with similar responsibilities to what you’ve done in the past. Past experience is something every employer looks for on job applications.
Update your information: It’s something a lot of people over look, but if you’re applying for jobs online, you’ve got to remember to update your contact information. If you leave an address on your profile or resume that is several cities or states away, an employer may not call you back because they think your application is a mistake, or that you won’t want to make that awful commute for very long.