Have you been planning a long-distance relocation? If so, do you know how to get a job in a new city? Unless you’re moving for work, you will likely need to start a job search even before the relocation date. Getting a new job in today’s market is not an easy task, regardless of the industry. Luckily, there are some things you can do to maximize your chances.
Start Looking Before Moving
You might have a nice little cushion of savings to live off of during the first few months after moving to your future city. But these funds are limited and won’t last forever. So the sooner you start the search for a new job (and find one), the sooner you will be able to leave these savings alone. You might end up needing them more some time in the future.
Consider as Many Options as Possible
Who says you have to stay limited to the same type of work you’ve been doing in your previous city? Moving is a great opportunity for a career change as well. Don’t be afraid to consider going into a completely different industry, or at least a different branch of the same one. It can be a valuable learning experience, so use every opportunity presented to you.
How to Land Interviews
Statistics say that only a small percentage of applications result in an interview and even a smaller one in employment. In other words, landing an interview is not as easy as submitting your resume and receiving a call. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get invited for an interview.
Search Job Sites
Of course, job websites are a goldmine when it comes to looking for work. Filter through all the ads and don’t hesitate to apply to each one that fits your career goals. Larger websites often have thousands of jobs listed, so you are bound to find something.
Meet New People and Network
If you network, you will significantly raise the chances of landing an interview in the future. Networking is about more than just being present in the industry’s scene. Make a good impression, especially with people who can help you further your career. Be the kind of person others will think of when asked if they know someone who would be a good fit for a certain position. This means that you will likely need to do some work on your social and communication skills as well. As a plus, those will come in handy for the interview as well.
Optimize Your CV to Land an Interview
One of the most common mistakes people make is having one universal CV they send to everyone. What you should do instead is optimize your resume for each application. Remove all the information the employer will find unnecessary and add the things they’ll want to hear or read about. For example, an employer who offers remote work won’t care much about whether you have a driver’s license. They will, on the other hand, what to hear about your ability to self-manage and organize. In other words, pay attention to what the employers want and do your best to be that person.
Consider Jobs Outside Your Comfort Zone
How many times have you stumbled upon an ad for the perfect position for yourself during your search – one at a reputable company, with a competitive salary, space for career growth, and lots of benefits – only to realize that they are looking for someone with way more experience than you or a higher level of education? Next time this happens, instead of closing the ad and continuing scrolling for other jobs, apply for the position. Getting turned down is the worst thing that can happen. On the other hand, you might end up getting the job of your dreams.
Of course, you never want to seem desperate to get hired. But make sure you show you’re eager to work and, more importantly, ready to learn new things and constantly improve. The employer needs to feel like you’re applying to this position because you want to, not because they just popped up in your search engine.
Aim for Specific Companies
Do you know which companies and nonprofit organizations are located in the city you’re moving to? If so, visit their websites. Some larger companies will often post jobs on their websites instead of advertising somewhere else. By applying for such positions, you show that you’re interested in working specifically for that company – after all, you had to search for their website to find the ads for these jobs.
Never Turn Down an Interview
Have you been offered an interview for a position that isn’t exactly up your alley? Don’t turn it down. You might end up finding out more about the company and changing your opinion. Or perhaps they end up offering you more money. And if not, the interview will still be a good way to practice for when you start negotiating with a company where you actually want to further your career.
Finding a New Job Takes Time
Don’t forget – looking for jobs is a process that takes time. So don’t get discouraged if you don’t get a single call back in the first period. Besides, you still have some moving and packing to focus on – your career can take a back seat for a few weeks. If you want to speed up the whole relocation process, contacting a reputable and professional moving company is always a good idea.