So you’re sick of the mediocre job market in the city you live in and meanwhile you struggle to support yourself and your family. You are ready to relocate after your aunt mentioned that the economy is booming where she lives. You do further research and it turns out to be true. But before you make that move, here is what you should do.
Unless your boss is transferring you to a new location and offering relocation benefits, it would be best if you had at least a few months’ worth of money saved up to cover your expenses while looking for work in the new city you’re moving to. This helps reduce the stress of relocation.
It also helps to use the address of a relative or friend who lives in the city you’re moving to when seeking employment. This is because a growing number of employers are turning away from out-of-town job candidates in favor of local ones although there are exceptions.
Another thing you should do is research the cost of living in the city you are moving to, then compare this with the average salary of the industry you work in. If the cost of living is less than the average salary in that city, then it would make sense to relocate.
Visit the prospective city a few times before deciding to relocate. Talk to people there who work in the same industry as yourself and ask what kinds of work are available. Attend job fairs and present your resume. Check out the popular and lesser-known areas of the city during the day and at night.
I’m interested in relocating at some point, and I was advised to go to networking sites such as LinkedIn to join groups that are focused on the industry I work in and that is based in the city I plan to move to. With these sites you can post your cover letter, resume and portfolio of work.
Work on your resume weeks before the relocation. While mailing them out, be sure to address them to the right persons within the company. Also tailor each resume to the position you’re applying for so that you will not send generic resumes to hiring managers.
If necessary, work in fields that do not match what you want when you first arrive in the city. You would then build steady savings that can help you get an apartment or car there. You can also apply for SNAP benefits and Medicaid once you arrive there.
Don’t automatically purchase a home once you move to the new city, even if you have a decent paying job. This is because you might lose the job or decide that it is not the right city for you.
Relocating to a new city might seem scary if you do not yet have a job but with these steps, it’s possible to thrive there long term.