Whether you’re eager for a change and open to pursuing roles outside of your home city, or you’re relocating to accommodate a partner’s career, moving to a new place can be overwhelming, especially if you have the added stress of looking for a new job.
But fret not, to give you a helping hand in this exciting time, our expert recruiters have plucked their top tips on navigating new professional terrain and finding success when job hunting in a new city.
Though your priority list may be bursting at the brim when uprooting your life, dominated by decorating new houses, finding new schools for your kids or getting to know your neighbourhood, a pragmatic, organized approach to job hunting will make your life so much easier. Never leave your job search to the last minute since the unpredictable world of employment is ever-changing, and if you’re not careful you could easily miss out on stellar opportunities. Research your professional field before hand as well as the leading companies in the area, and find creative ways of reaching out to them, even if they aren’t currently hiring.
Make The Most Of Your Connections
It’s likely you’ll know a few people in the new place you’re moving to, and if so, utilize those networks to find jobs that won’t necessarily be advertised to the public. They can recommend you to potential employers as well as being able to point you in the right direction when it comes to best-fit opportunities. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Be Transparent With Potential Employers
Got an interview for an awesome job in the city you’re moving to? Nice work! But what’s next? Make sure to be clear with a potential employer about your availability and when you’ll be based in the city, as well trying your best to accommodate their needs, even if that means starting the job a few days before you move and staying with a friend.
Consider The Commute
Though you may have scored an interview for a prestigious role in the right location, remember that your knowledge of the area may not yet be up to scratch just yet, so ensuring that you can commit to the commute is crucial. Research the city and make sure that you work out what length of travel you’re prepared to take and what impact this might have on your home life or working hours.
Be Prepared For Interviews
You might not yet have Wi-Fi in your new pad, or you might not even be moved in yet but make sure you find a place to have access to Internet to conduct Skype interviews or phone calls. You’ll also reap the added benefit of getting to explore local restaurants and cafes.
Sign Up For Email Job Alerts
Job sites and recruiters often offer job alerts if an opportunity is advertised that may suit your skills and experience. Signing up for alerts is easy and simple, and it’ll give you an idea of the roles that are out there for you. That way, if you’re preoccupied with the move, you’ll still have your finger on the job hunt pulse.
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