Find a Job in New City (part 2) • Greatest Hire Blog
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Apr 3, 2017 • 5 min read

Find a Job in New City (part 2)

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This article continues from the part 1 article on the ways to find a good job upon moving to a new city. Some additional methods that you can use immediately to assist you with the local job search are given here.

Community employment services

The local community colleges, universities, community centers, and libraries may have facilities to help you with finding local jobs in your city. Often these services are government sponsored. They have a very friendly, non-judgmental, and inviting atmosphere. Often there are no or only minimal charges for such services. Here you may also receive assistance with review and evaluation of your resume, and you can receive help in formulating cover letters to impress select employers.

Friends, family, and mentors

Your immediate family members and closest friends can also help you with your job search. If they have been residing in the area that interests you for a number of years, they will also have more specific information on the types of employment with the highest demand, as well as the potential employers. Mentors are people who have already been successful in their careers, and they can share ways to navigate the job market that saves significant quantities of time and frustration. Mentors are also a great group for introducing you to unadvertised job leads.

Public library

The public library will contain a wealth of information on employment related topics. This will include books on employment, as well as reference materials such as government-sponsored surveys on employment trends, wages, growth areas, etc. Information on currently available government contracts may also be available for review. Electronic media in the form of CDs, DVDs, eBooks, and internet access to important websites will also be available, which can complement the job search with up-to-date and valuable information.

Freelance jobs

Freelance jobs, that is jobs which you work on as an independent self-employed person, are an excellent way to make yourself known in a new city. Freelance jobs are sometimes easier to obtain, as the employer does not have a long-term employment obligation. Additionally, such jobs are often very focused and you will already possess many of the skills that are needed to be successful. Hence the employer may be more receptive towards hiring you without a prior employment history and perhaps limited references. With these jobs you also have the flexibility to negotiate your work terms including wages and the days of the week during which you are working.

Recruiters

Recruiters, also referred to as head hunters and staffing specialists, specialize in filling job vacancies for employers. They typically do not charge fees to employees, and they are trained to maintain a high degree of ethical conduct and trust with both the employer as well as the employee. Because recruiters are typically working for the most motivated employers, they will have access to the most promising leads with employers who are ready to hire. They can also serve as a arbitrator between and employer and the employee in negotiations, as well as with facilitating the initial phone screen interviews.

Informational interview

Sometimes an employer is not presently ready to hire someone with your skills. But it does not mean that they will not need someone with just those skills in 3 months time or 6 months time. A great way to learn about a company, and to make you known to that company, is by requesting an informational interview. In these interviews there is no immediate job opening available, but the employer meets with potential future hires and discusses the general requirements for the job.

Local networking events

These events are useful for to get to know people who are in your community. You can get to know people in your industry, and may be just make some friends through the process. Often, someone will know someone else who may be hiring, or someone in your field of expertise.

Skills proficiency

There is no substitute for knowledge. Although you no doubt already have a tremendous amount of experience, it can nevertheless be very valuable to refresh your technical knowledge in your area of specialization. This can be done by review of the courses that you have taken, and also by reading the latest journals and articles so that you can demonstrate maximum competency and up to date knowledge with potential employers when you receive an opportunity to speak to them. If your schedule and budget permits, you may also wish to attend regional conferences in your domain of expertise to hear from the speakers talk about the latest trends. Often it is easier to hear an expert speaker talk about a subject instead of reading about it, and in a live setting you can also ask questions in an interactive fashion. Watching the evening news and reading the business, technology, and financial sections of the newspapers is also an excellent method for remaining up to date on the latest developments. If you remain abreast of the latest progress in your trade using these techniques, you actually be more knowledgeable than many of the employees with your future employer.

Be Proactive

You can begin your job search in the new region where you will be working even before you move there. For example, you can update your resume and/or online profiles to indicate the new address, and mention the approximate time when you will be moving to the new locale. You can also reach out to potential employers and acquaintances to let them know that you are looking for opportunities in that region.

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