Casual office workers sat in a row[/caption]Whether you are relocating out of choice or out of necessity the long distance job search is rather different to looking for a job on your own doorstep. In this post we will be exploring just how you can successfully secure yourself a new position in a distant city so that your first weeks in your new home are not spent desperately pounding the pavements searching for whatever job you can find so you can pay the bills!
Do Your Homework – and Lots of It
Your first order of business should be to learn as much as you can about the city or town you are moving too in general terms. And unless you have previous knowledge of the area you are relocating to that is going to involve quite a great deal of research.
Fortunately thanks to the Internet that is a lot easier these days. One of the best places you can usually find to begin your research is the official website of the location you will be moving to. These days almost all towns and cities have one and they are usually a very useful resource for information about everything from the towns history and basic geography to information about average housing costs, salaries and all the useful numbers you need.
The other advantage of beginning your research at a towns official website is that they also usually provide lots of very helpful links to other resources that offer reliable information which can be invaluable.
Here are some of the general essentials you should make sure you find out:
Average cost of utilities like electricity, water and TV and Internet services. Sometimes you may have to call the individual companies to obtain this information and they will only be able to give you rough estimates but those figures will help when it comes time to start making your relocation budget.
Information about recreational facilities, social clubs and what is available that relates to any other particular interests you have. After all you will want to do more than just work when you make your move!
Gather together all of this information not only on your computer but in a notebook as well. Many of the numbers and other information you collect you may need right away – before your computer has been unpacked!
The Relocation Job Search Begins
Once you have worked through the basics outlined above your relocation job search can begin in earnest. Once again this process has been made so much easier thanks to the Internet, but your search will still contain some offline elements. Here are some of the essential parts of the relocation job search that will help ensure your success:
Tap Your Existing Network
Networking is important in any job search but of course your network in the city or town you will be relocating to is likely to be rather limited. Your existing network may be of help to you though. Ask around among friends, colleagues and the members of professional organizations you belong to to find out if perhaps any of them know the city or town you are moving to, or have professional contacts there that they can put you in touch with. You may be pleasantly surprised by the amount of help you can receive this way.
If you are a member of any national professional organizations you should contact the nearest branch of those organizations to your new city or town and attempt to gain any help or guidance you can from members there.
If you are relocating, as many do, because a spouse or significant other is changing jobs make sure that they have inquired about any job hunting and relocation assistance that their company may offer to relocating partners.
Research The Job Market
You may be very familiar with the job market for your professional niche in your own town but the state of your industry around your new home is likely to be very different. There are a great many Internet resources you can make use of but don’t just spend time on job listing sites .
One of the places you may want to spend some extra time in on this site are local forums. These can be great places to get your specific questions about jobs in your new home answered by people who already live and work there and you may actually be able to begin building your new network through these interactions as well.
You should also get into a daily habit of reading local newspapers from the area you are relocating to as well, and not just to check the job classifieds. Reading the business sections of these publications every day is usually a great way to gain insight into the businesses, industries and people who are important and may lead you to companies you can begin researching as possible contacts.
Begin a Cold Contact Campaign
As you work your way through your initial relocation research begin making a list of target companies that interest you and try to find out who the key people to contact are. Often that information will be listed on a larger company’s website or failing that a simple phone call should at least gain you the name of a person to whom you could direct a job inquiry.
Once you have your list of around 20 target companies send each of them a copy of your CV as well as a well crafted cover letter. In this case your cover letter is of even more importance than ever before. This cover letter will have to be a little different to one you might send to a local employer as it will have to convey information about your impending relocation as well as your interest in any possible career opportunities.
You should also make contact with recruiting companies and “head hunters” in the area you will be relocating to. Working with these individuals can help by having an on the spot contact who can find possible job opportunities for you. And of course yo can begin applying for any interesting opportunities your see on job boards.
Moving Day Arrives But No Job Yet?
If you relocation date is just around the corner and you have yet to secure a position in your new city temping may be an option worth looking into. Temping in a new city can be a great way to learn a great deal more about the job opportunities in your field as well as a very useful way to build up contacts while also offering you a little more time and flexibility to complete your move and settle into your new home and environment before you have to commit to a permanent schedule that will be harder to fit such things into.