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Finding a new job during a move

  • September 05, 2012

Finding a new job during a move

Americans move for many different reasons. Whether it's moving out of state to be closer to family or moving south for a preferable climate, there are plenty of reasons to move that aren't related to employment. However, if you're like most Americans, the odds are that you will need a new job once you get where you're going.

In many instances, this can produce a problem. In the current, tepid economy, it can be tough to land a job, but finding one across a long distance can be doubly difficult. However, there are some steps you can take to make the process a little easier.

Internet research
The first tip is the most obvious - do extensive remote research. The internet provides a great way to get a sense of the local job market in your future hometown. Months before you start packing, you should peruse various online resources to see what jobs are available in your field.

It might also be helpful to post your resume online to see if you get any bites. Using the internet as the first step in your job search can give you a good sense of what opportunities are out there and a great way to make initial contact with potential employers.

Make a trip
Once you've learned about available options, it may be worthwhile to make a scouting or interviewing trip. Print out a few dozen copies of your resume, make a list of possible jobs and hit the pavement. You can use this either as a chance to officially interview with employers or simply as a way of getting the lay of the land. Either way, you will want to think carefully about which avenues to pursue.

Video interviews
Sometimes a trip to your future home can be out of the question. In those cases, it might be useful to make a few serious job inquiries in the months preceding your departure and set up a few video interviews.

New research shows that video interviews are quickly gaining popularity among both potential employers and employees. In fact, 63 percent of human resources managers said their company conducts interviews via video, according to a new OfficeTeam survey. This number, up from just 14 percent a year ago, shows that this technique has become one of the most commonly used tools for hiring managers.

Leave the moving to someone else
Whatever option you choose, it is likely that you will need to spend a few days or weeks focusing on your job search full time. Because of this, it might be worthwhile to hire a household moving company to give you the time you need to concentrate on attaining employment. State to state movers can give you the flexible schedule you will need to find the perfect job to go along with your new home.


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