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 attitude.
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 findyourspot.com 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)
Buffalo, New York
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Cities with growing populations (according to Forbes)
Raleigh, North Carolina
San Antonio, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma