Simply picking up and leaving is romantic when you’re young, but as you come into your own and have bills to pay and mouths to feed, it’s a lot more difficult to work out the logistics of a move. At Doostang, we advise you to always look before you leap! However, we also recognize that sometimes circumstances may dictate that you have to leave on short notice, and without a job lined up. If you thought finding a job in your own hometown was difficult, finding employment in a new one is even tougher. You won’t know as many people and you will have a myriad of other things to juggle with the move. Here’s some advice on how to lessen the burden of finding a job in a new town:
Do Your Research
Before you pack up and leave, try to do as much research as you can about the city where you are moving. Figure out what the hot industries are, which companies call the shots, and whom you might be able to contact to help get you in the door. The more you get to know your new city, the less likely you are to feel like a deer in headlights once you get there. Try to gain your bearings prematurely, and you’ll be primed to hit the ground running.
Grow Your Network
Yes, networking is tricky enough from the comfort of your hometown, but it’s important to reach out a little bit before your big move. Try to leverage the network you have to help you meet people in your new city. Make it a goal to get in touch with a short list of new people, so that when you get to your destination you can immediately start to grow your social network. The more people you know, the more opportunities you will have access to, and the more individuals you will have on your side looking out for your best interests.
Reach Out to College Career Centers
Oftentimes, college career centers will be happy to help recent graduates who have moved to a new city. Check to see which ones are around you, and stop by for an informational meeting. Your own college may also have a reciprocity program with another school in your new area, so look into that as well.
Consider Temporary Work
If nothing seems to pan out, don’t be afraid to take on temporary work. This is another great way to establish connections and get your foot in the door with your new city’s job industry. Don’t take just any old job out of desperation, but find something for the interim that keeps you busy, gives you face time with people, and perhaps teaches you a few new skills.
Have a Solid Plan
You should put together a plan for your new life in the new city, including your living expenses and how far your money will take you while you don’t have a job. It’s also important to bear in mind an exit strategy if worse comes to worst.
Making a big move is exciting and presents a multitude of opportunities. It can be stressful as well, but do your best to plan ahead and do the leg work before – as well as after – you get to your destination, and you will certainly lighten your load.
The Doostang Team