Trying to Get Out of Town? Some Tips on Job Searching from a Distance

Research the City:  When thinking about relocating to a new city, it’s important to do your research before committing to a new job.  What is the cost of living?  What is the average rent?  Is the city growing economically?  What is the weather?  What is the social scene?  All are important factors to think about before committing to a new job.

Researching the city can also help in a potential job interview.  No applicant want to feel like a tourist; it’s important to research both the city and the company they are interviewing with so that they can have a dialogue with the potential employer.

Work on your phone and Skype interviewing skills:  Many employers will not fly out an applicant for a face to face interview until the second or third round of interviews.  It’s important for applicants to work on their phone and Skype skills.  The biggest mistake that applicants make during these interviews is they don’t take them seriously.  Just because a candidate for a job isn’t in the same room as the hiring manager doesn’t make the meeting any less important.  It’s important for the potential applicant to go into all meetings with a professional

Furthermore, when dealing with Skype, it’s good to do the interview in a well lit room and to adjust your webcam before the interview.  Also, remember to please dress in interview attire for the Skype interview.  It would be a good idea for Skype interview candidates to come by the career services center and talk to a professional about advice.

Narrow Your Search: Searching for a job in one city is difficult; searching for a job in 1,000 different cities is impossible.  If a student is unsure of what type of city they would like to live in, it’s a good idea to go to the website and take an assessment on what type of city you would like to live in.  Also, research the industry you are interested in and find out what cities are hotspots for this type of work.

Network:  More than eighty percent of jobs were filled from networking.  If you are moving to a new area for the first time, it’s important to contact any of your friends/family from the area.  No one is an island; it’s important to ask for help from any connections you have so that you can better navigate your new environment.

In addition to asking for help from your friends and family; ask for help from people in your profession.  Go to conferences in different cities and ask colleagues questions about how they like living in their specific area.

Secure a Job before You Move:  It’s better to secure a job before moving to the big city.  Some people move to their dream city (San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, etc.) and then have trouble securing the job.  SBNation writer Matt Ufford often writes about his experience moving to Brooklyn and then finding himself unemployed for the first eight months; he basically blew though most of his savings before finding work as a freelance writer.

Don’t put your (local) address in your resume:  Some companies have automatic computer programs that throw out resumes with far away addresses/zip codes.  It’s perfectly okay to leave off an address, but it’s important to remember to address the situation in your cover letter.

Explain your moving situation in the cover letter or interview:  When talking to a potential employer about working for their company, tell them about your living situation and when you are available for work.  Put in your cover letter if you currently live far away but will soon be moving to a closer location.  Be as open and specific as possible so that the employer knows when you will be available to work.

Prepare to spend some money:  Not every company is going to pay for an applicant’s travel expenses for a face-to-face interview.  It’s important to make a budget for possible travel expenditures (plane, hotel, food, etc.)


Cities with a low cost of living (according to Forbes)distance job search

Knoxville, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

Buffalo, New York

Cincinnati, Ohio

Dayton, Ohio

Louisville, Kentucky

Akron, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Cities with growing populations (according to Forbes)Roadmap-to-Success-2

Raleigh, North Carolina

Austin, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Houston, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Phoenix, Arizona

Salt Lake City, Utah

Denver, Colorado

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Interested in Working for the Federal Government?


It is October 1st

Many Federal Application Processes Are NOW Open!!!!

Federal Government Pathways Program
Provides current students and recent graduates with meaningful training and career development opportunities to gain access to federal jobs and internships.  The program includes the

* Internship Programpathways

* Recent Graduates Program

* Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)

PMF Applications accepted October 1 – October 15

To apply, visit

Statistics show that the United States Government is the largest employer in the nation.  According to the Office of Personal Management, the federal government employs 2.1 million civilian workers or a little over 2 percent of the American workforce.  Federal government employees travel the world, interact with the public, preserve natural resources, transport supplies, etc.

The federal government offers a variety of different positions including but not limited to: the postal service, the national parks service, Amtrak, agricultural department, public transportation, Veteran’s Affairs, botanical gardens, etc.

Some benefits of being a federal employee include having access to the widest range of health care providers, flexible spending account, life insurance, retirement plans, family-friendly policies, good salary, relative job stability, paid time off, etc.

There is also potential for job growth; the website of AARP states that the federal government is expected to hire 95,000 new employees this year.  Also, 25 percent of the 2.1 million federal workers are eligible for retirement.


Federal Government Information SessionsCSC logo
UNCG Career Services Center

U.S. Marshals Information Session
October 7th @ 12:30pm

FBI Information Session
October 21st @ 12:30pm


Famous people that worked for the federal government include:

Wanda Sykes (contracting specialist-NSA)

Steve Carrell (mail carrier)

Walt Disney (substitute mail carrier)

Julia Childs (office of Strategic Services)

Kal Penn (white house staff)

Dr. Seuss (sold war bonds)


Top Websites for Applying For Federal Jobs:

If interested, we are holding a Q & A panel on Tuesday, October 7th from 5-6:30pm where you will have the opportunity to hear from representatives from various departments of the federal government. RSVP is required because space is limited!

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Internship Success Story with Megan Jaekle

Name: Megan JaekleMegan - LinkedIn

Major: Economics and International Business

Internship: Global Active Ingredients Sourcing at Scotts Miracle-Gro headquarters in Columbus, OH

How did you find your internship?

Through personal connections and networking on LinkedIn!

What are you learning as an intern?

I’m learning so much from everyone here – I get to sit in on important meetings and conference calls, where really big company deals and decisions are being made. It can be a tense environment with strict deadlines and high-pressure moments, but I’m so glad that I’m learning about it through this experience!

What is the office like?

This is the company’s headquarters, so it feels like a Google campus; there’s a gym right here for all employees, there are bikes available to ride from building to building and a pool you can take a dip in on hot summer days.  You can tell that everyone is working really hard, as well.

How will you use this experience in the future?

I’ll be working here through December, and then I’m studying abroad in France this spring semester.  The company has an office in Lyons, so there’s a possibility for me to be able to work abroad with this company in the future!