Searching for a job can be tough enough in the city that you live in currently, but finding a new position in a new city adds its own set of challenges. Two of the biggest challenges are 1) not having an established network and 2) not knowing the companies you want to target in the new city. Below are three ways to address these challenges and help you find a job in a new city.
Take Stock of Your Network
Who is in your network in your new city? Think beyond just the people you know. Many individuals say “I only know 1 or 2 individuals.” While that might be true, that doesn’t mean you do not have a network or ability to network in this new city. Consider those who might have a connection to you. These will be the easiest people to meet. Do close friends, family members, co-workers know individuals in the new city?
Connect with Alumni
Is there an alumni chapter from your University in the new city? If there isn’t a traditional alumni chapter in the city, are there alumni you can reach out to? Look into your alumni database to see who you can find. Typically, those who have a connection to you in some way will be the most likely to help you. Don’t limit yourself to those who are in your specific industry. You never know who these individuals know in your industry.
Find The Business Journal
Does this city have a Business Journal? If so, start reading it. Consider going to the Library to read it if you are unable to subscribe. If the city has The Business Journal, the library will also typically have a Book of Lists. The Book of Lists is published by The Business Journal and is a collection of lists of top companies in that city.
Identify Local Chapters of Professional Organizations
Research some of your industry or trade’s professional groups who meet in your city (i.e. SHRM, AMA, CNRA, ASWA). Attending meetings with these professional organization can help you meet others in your industry or profession and learn more about the companies who employee folks with your skills. If your profession doesn’t have a traditional professional organization or there isn’t one in your city, consider using www.meetup.com to look for groups of others in your city who are in your profession, or have the same interest areas as you.
Moving to a new city while searching for a job brings some additional challenges for job seekers. It will most likely require you to do some extra work, take additional proactive moves, and overcome any fears of meeting new people or networking. The three steps above should help you compensate for the knowledge gap you have searching for a job in a new city.