If you’re planning to move to Atlanta, finding a job probably tops your to-do list. But, how can you land a position in A-Town when you are living somewhere else? Follow these five tips to search smarter.
- Think Ahead
Looking for employment in another city presents several challenges and may take longer, so be prepared. Ask yourself questions such as, “Will I begin my job hunt before or after I move?” and “How long can I afford to be unemployed?” If you need to find work sooner rather than later, start the process several months in advance. Rework your resume, write a cover letter, clean up your social media accounts, practice interview questions, create a list of professional references, shop for interview outfits and make a plan to travel for interviews if necessary. When you are ready to search for employment, you want to hit the ground running.
- Set up Job Alerts
Hunting for a job can feel like a full-time job. Plus, you are trying to organize your move. Make your life easier by taking advantage of job alerts. Most job boards, employment agencies and large companies offer this service. You’ll probably have to create an account. Then, go to either preferences or subscriptions. Specify the type of work and the location as well as how often you would like to receive notifications. Alerts will send positions of interest straight to your inbox. It’s almost like having your own personal assistant.
- Address Your Address
Some organizations may not consider an application with an out-of-town address. Instead of paying for a PO Box or using a friend’s mailing address (both of which seem shady), be up front. In your cover letter, briefly explain your reasons for moving, and if you are relocating regardless of whether you land a job, make this clear. Some companies hesitate to hire if they think a candidate might ask them to cover moving expenses.
- Use Your Network
Networking still is one of the best ways to land a job. If your employment search is public, advertise that you are looking for work in the Atlanta area on social media. Tap into your professional connections, your alumni network, your friends, your family and even your acquaintances. You never know who might be aware of an opening or who might be able to help you get your foot in the door.
- Call a Staffing Service
Especially when you are looking for work in a new city, an employment agency is a fantastic resource. Recruiters understand the local economy, and they have established connections with businesses in the area. Their insights and advice can be invaluable. In addition, if you are struggling to find the right opportunity, a staffing firm will connect you with temporary placements so you can continue your job hunt and make money at the same time.
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