As an experienced recruiting agency, we know that searching for a job in a city other than the one you’re living in can be challenging…especially if that city is halfway across the country. There are all kinds of logistical issues you must deal with. In addition, employers are less likely to hire someone outside the area because, let’s face it, they see dollar signs in the form of relocation costs when they look at your resume.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that finding a great job in a new city can be done. In fact, as a recruiting agency with 25 years of experience, we see candidates do it all the time. So to help you on your journey, here are some tips to keep in mind:
Do your homework before selecting a city.
It’s one thing if you’re planning on moving back to your hometown. However, if you want to move to another city where you’ve never lived before, do some research ahead of time to ensure that city is really a good fit for your career. Just because they have a good economy in one sector, doesn’t mean opportunities abound in your field.
Ask for help.
What good is all this social networking if you can’t tap into it in situations like these?! So reach out to people in your social network who live in the cities you’re interested in. They’ll be able to give you the real scoop on the local economy, the top employers, and the cost of living. They can also keep you in mind should they hear about any job leads.
Don’t expect employers to pay you to relocate.
Some employers will pay a new hire to relocate. However, it’s typically because that person’s skill set is in high demand or they work in an extremely niche specialty. Otherwise, you’re likely on your own.
But keep in mind, hiring is an expensive process for employers. And the last thing they want to do is pay to fly candidates out for interviews and pick up the tab for moving expenses. So be clear about the fact that you will be paying all associated travel and moving expenses should you get hired.
Put your target relocation date on your resume.
If you’ve got your heart set on moving to a new city, regardless of whether you find a new job there ahead of time, then put your target move date on your resume. That will signify to potential employers that you’re already committed to moving to the city.
Obtain a local phone number.
Invest in a new cell phone and get a local number for the area you’ll be moving to. Potential employers will be more likely to call you if you have a local number, rather than a long distance one.
Contact a recruiting agency.
One of your best resources for finding a job in a new city is a recruiting agency. They can help you conduct your search and also offer you additional feedback and guidance about job opportunities in your field.
If you’re interested in learning more about how a recruiting agency can help you, let us know. Since 1987, we’ve provided thousands of candidates all over the country access to top jobs with top employers. And we may be able to help you too! Find out how we do it.