Moving to a new city can be stressful without a job. Searching job in a new city needs a thorough research as well as takes up a considerable time. Apart from adjusting to the requirement of the new location, job hunting can be too hectic. Organizing things before you move to a new city can be helpful to reduce the stress level. The below options can help you in applying for a job before moving to a new city.
Check if you can get support from your present employed company: The reason of your moving to a different location if is understood by your current company. You can get additional help from your colleagues and managers. They can guide you, giving references from their immediate contacts in the industry. You can even search for a job in open. However, the reason you give for moving to a new location should be genuine such as for looking after aged parents, for partner’s new job or else to attend training.
Local Job market analysis: Scanning the local job market you can get insights of what are the suitable companies in the new city. You can even contact good recruitment agencies to know the possible job market for the industry, you belong to. Reach to your professional and social media networks who stay in the new city. You should start searching as early as possible.
Be prepared with reasons for location change: You like it or not, you will have to answer the reason for relocating to friends, family members and your employer’s hundreds of time. Practice the reason you give for relocation. It should sound enthusiastic, confident and should give an impression on how seriously you want to move to the new city. Employees will be comfortable to hire you in their organization if you sound serious and credible for your location change.
Specify the relocation reason in your cover letter: Area plays an important role in selecting applicants. Mention in your cover letter you want to move to the new city and the reason for the change needed. If you don’t mention the location change in your cover letter, an employer might feel you are not eligible for the job as you do not stay in the current location.
Be flexible: There would many potential local candidates in the new city. You have to be flexible with interview schedule. Be prepared to travel for the interviews. If you are lucky some employers might consider taking the interview on phone or skype. Weigh the cost involved in traveling for the interview. You should be very clear whether you will be able to manage traveling costs, your availability and expectations from the company.
Finally, having a job before moving to the new city is the best possible way to avoid unnecessary tensions. Talk to everyone in your network about your future relocation plans. Seek options from your friends, colleagues, bosses, and mentors about the relocation plans.
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