A 10-Point Plan for Getting a Job When Moving

Young woman sitting among her possessions on moving day

A reader writes in: “I am moving at the end of the month. What job search strategy do you suggest?”

While not ideal, sometimes life circumstances dictate relocating and then finding a job. If you find yourself in this situation, here are ten tips to hit the ground running!

1. Make sure you change your LinkedIn profile so it indicates that you are in a different location and available to work.
This helps you in two ways:

  • Your network is alerted to the fact that you have moved (or will soon be doing so). If they have any leads for jobs around your new digs, they will know that those are now a fit geographically speaking.
  • Recruiters search for possible candidates on LinkedIn by location. You want to be sure that your profile would be included in that broad sweep.

In addition, it wouldn’t hurt to do a status update regarding your move, just to flag it again for your network.

2. Join a professional organization and attend its local meetings.
It’s a great way to network in your new city and find out about jobs that may never be posted. Being a member of a professional organization is also a great addition on your résumé, especially if you are active on a committee or its board of directors.

3. Use an aggregate board such as Indeed.com or SimplyHired to search for jobs online, if you aren’t already.
While I don’t advocate sitting in front of your computer all day, every day looking for a job online, it still should be a part of your job search strategy. If you own a smartphone, Indeed.com has a great app for checking out job postings. (The Android app is pretty awesome, and I’m guessing that the iPhone app has similar capabilities.) It’s a whole lot easier than hitting multiple job boards and company websites trying to ferret out jobs that would be of interest.

4. Volunteer.
Depending on your field, you may not be able to find a volunteer opportunity that pertains directly to what you do, but pick one with an organization that is meaningful to you and start volunteering to get to know them better. This is also a good way to get local references who can speak to your “soft skills” and the quality of your work.

5. Update your résumé and LinkedIn profile.
For your résumé, include your new contact information, your membership in the professional organization you joined, and your latest volunteer experience. On LinkedIn, list your professional organization affiliation and your volunteer experience. You heard me right — LinkedIn now has a “Volunteer Experience & Causes” section that you can add to your profile. You definitely want to take advantage of this.

Even if your volunteer work doesn’t directly relate to your field, having a section that demonstrates your community involvement is always seen as a positive thing. And in the case of someone who has just moved, it also conveys a sense of permanence and commitment to the new home.

6. Contact placement agencies.
Like job boards, recruiters shouldn’t be the only part of your job hunt strategy, but they should be used. They know the local companies and can be foot in the door.

7. Keep up your online profiles.
If you’ve been active on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or any other online forum, make sure you keep talking to those folks. You never know if they may have some good connections that can be valuable in your new location. Plus, prospective employers will be checking you out. You want to have something current for them to read on your profiles.

8. Be willing to take a “survival job.”
Even if it means taking a part-time job that’s related to your profession in a cursory way, it’s work and it shows that you are employable. Plus, it could lead to a full-time job at that company.

9. Take a class here and there, if you can swing it.
I know that moving can be quite an expense, so this one may not be an option right away. If you can go, both community college courses and university courses in your field would be good to show that you are keeping your knowledge base up-to-date.

10. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Do this again and again until you’ve got that job. Something will stick!

Image courtesy of John Benson

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