There are so many reasons that people relocate to a new state. Some people move to be with a significant other, family member or loved one. Maybe they're eager to experience a new climate that differs from where they grew up. Perhaps they simply wish to explore another part of this great nation. Whatever their reason for moving, these people will all have one need in common: finding a job in their new state. If you don’t already have a job offer in your new state, check out some of these great tips for finding a job after moving.
Prepare for Your Move
The best way to make sure you’re ready to find a new job is to make it your top priority. The easiest way to do so is to make sure all of your moving and storage needs are planned out and taken care of in advance. If you need some help planning, our blog has several articles with tips on preparing for all types of moves.
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to lock down a location that you’d like to relocate to. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you must have found a home or apartment already, but having a general idea of what town or neighborhood you will live in is vital to being prepared.
Leave Your Current Address Off Your Resume
In today’s age of electronic communication, a physical address isn’t always important for a potential employer to see on your resume. Make sure the company you’re seeking a job with has all of your essential contact information such as phone numbers and email addresses. However, a physical address from another state may confuse the person reviewing your resume and cause them to question an otherwise qualified candidate.
Use Social Media
The Internet can be a huge advantage in finding a job in another state. Not only can sites like Monster.com help you locate a job in a new state, but you can use LinkedIn and other social media sites to help connect with potential employers.
- First, be sure to create professional profiles on any social media sites that you’re thinking of using. Facebook, Twitter and especially LinkedIn, can all be used to create a professional online presence. Make sure that your professional profiles are completely separate from any personal profiles you may already have.
- Next, connect with professionals in your targeted field of work on LinkedIn. You should, if you can, also connect to specific companies that you might want to work for. Doing so will help create a presence for you in the area that you will be living in. Many professionals in a particular area will already be connected to each other, so if they see that you are connected as well, it will add validity to your presence. You can also join large, locally-based networking groups on LinkedIn.
- Finally, use social media to research potential employers. Many businesses have active social media presences today and a lot of information can be gained by following them on Twitter or Facebook. Social media can give you insights into a company’s culture that can be difficult to find otherwise. This is an excellent way to narrow down which employers are right for you. You should also research local companies in your field with a conventional Google search and by going directly to each company’s website.
Research Local Market
Another way to find out where to apply is by doing local job market research. Chambers of Commerce and the local Office of Economic Development can assist with this. Knowing the state of the local job market can help in deciding where to move, as well as knowing where to send your resume. It will be much easier to find a job in a field that is emerging or “hot” in a specific market.
We wish you all the luck in the world in your new home. By following these steps, you can better prepare for your move. It's never too early to start exploring new job opportunities. If you need help finding a local mover in your new state, use our Find An Agent tool to help narrow the search.