Monday, July 22, 2013

Have You Considered Relocation?

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In our economy, sometimes we have to be open to the idea of relocating to another town or city to get a job. The more you are willing to consider moving for a job, the more likely you are to get a job quickly. This is especially true if the town or city you live in is smaller and has less job opportunities.

It can be intimidating to start job searching in a city that you don’t even live in though. Even if you have been there once or twice, there is always the fact that you might not know anyone or know how to get around. But it is possible to search for a job in a new city.

Take these things into consideration:

  • Create a list of companies you would like to work for. Once you have a list of 30-40 companies that you want to work at you can target all of your efforts at making connections with people in these companies.
  • Learn to use social media. Social media is a great way to connect with people in specific companies when you do not live in the same town or city. On LinkedIn you can find people that work at those companies by searching for the company profile and then looking at their list of employees. Join groups that these people are in and then interact within the groups. See if they are on Twitter or if the business has a Facebook Page. Facebook Pages offer lots of opportunities for interaction.
  • Be willing to take a temporary position. If you are able to stay in the city for a short time (there are furnished monthly rentals that will give you a place to stay) you are more likely to be able to get a full time job with the company. Consider your budget of course, but the rewards may be worth a little extra expense.
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