Making the Most of Visit to City Targeted for Relocation

Emily writes:
I recently read your article on 10
ways to develop job leads
. I am currently job searching long distance and will be visiting the
city I would like to relocate to for 2 weeks. I am trying to figure out how to make the most of my visit.
I noticed that you mentioned one way was to submit applications by going to door to door
and it was a good method to use for someone who would like to relocate. I am very interested
in learning more about this method. Could you give me some pointers?

The Career Doctor responds:
All job-hunting requires planning and doing your homework but when you
are preparing to relocate you really need to step up both activities — so
you are on the right track. And whenever you can make one or more visits
to your new location before you move the more likely you will have a job
offer waiting for you.
Before we get to relocation strategies let me just refresh folks about
developing job leads. Here are some of the best ways to track down future job
opportunities in order of how you should prioritize your efforts: your network of contacts professional and trade organizations college career centers
and alumni offices cold contact (you contacting prospective employers directly) headhunters/recruiters classified want ads online job boards
and pounding the pavement (applying directly at the employer’s place
of business).
When you are considering relocating away from where you currently live
you should ideally have a few months to plan and make visits before you
actually move. If you cannot afford to make trips before you move you
can still attempt some of these activities and strive for some phone interviews
so that you at least will have some hot job leads ready to tackle once you
do relocate.
And a two-week trip is wonderful. You can get a lot accomplished with
proper planning. Start building your network in the area by asking your
current network if they know people in the area. Do the same thing with
your professional organization. (For example I am a member of the
American Marketing Association and they have chapters all over the
U.S.) Go online to the chamber of commerce Website for the area
and locate the names of employers who need workers with your skills.
Contact the companies and ask for the manager/director for your field.
Send a resume and cover letter to that person and explain when you’ll
be in the area and ask for an interview. And if they have no openings
ask for an informational interview. Your goal should be to have several
interviews each day you are there the first week with some flexibility
in the second week to schedule more once you are there in the first week.
Learn more about relocating strategies in this article published on
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