Finding a job when you’re moving to a new city, or even country, can be challenging. It’s like starting over again from scratch. You not only have to adapt to a new environment, but you also have to compete against the locals who are looking for work and create a whole load of new contacts.

If you’re moving to a new area and are on the hunt for a job, here area few pointers to make your job search easier.

1. Update your online profiles.

Before you move, make sure that your social media profiles, such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook are updated, so that you are listed as living in the new area. This way when hiring managers or recruiters search for local candidates, your profile will show up as an individual located nearby and you will be considered for current vacancies.

2. Check out employers in the new area.

Conduct some research on some of the companies in the new area, so that you  know what some of your options are before you move. Find out the companies in your field and see if any of them are hiring. You can then engage with them on social media, and let them know that you are moving there and what you have to offer. If there aren’t any vacancies listed on the company website this doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t an opportunity for you within the business and a quick phone call or email enquiring about opportunities won’t do any harm and will get you know by the hiring manager. 

3. Tell your current network about your move.

Let people know that you are moving and ask if they know anyone who lives in the area, who might be able to help you find a job there. If you’re on LinkedIn, you can do a search to see if your connections have connections in the new area. If so, ask for an introduction but try not to be too pushy. After your move, set up casual meetings or coffee dates with your local connections, so that you can get to know them and seek their advice about finding a job in the area. Do your best not to come across as too salesy as this may put them off and you want them to feel like connecting with you is mutually beneficial for both of you.  

4. Join a meet up group.

Networking plays a vital role in finding a job, especially when you are new in the city. The more people you know, the better. Have a look in to whether there are any local meet up groups that you might be interested in joining and make contact. By attending these meet ups it will then give you a chance to network with other members and you may make some useful contacts who can help with your job search. If you can’t find any meet up groups, see if you can volunteer in your new community or join a sports team. The goal is to get involved and meet people.

5. Let your prospective employer know that you are moving.

Start your job search before your move. In your cover letter, make it clear to your prospective employer that you are moving to the area. This is very important because many employers don’t hire people from out of town and it’s possible that your application could be discarded before you are given a chance.

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