Many people struggle to find the time to job search while moving into an apartment or housing in a new city. Though finding a job while you’re moving can seem like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be. Use these five tips to land your dream job while you’re settling into your new life in a new city.
1. Button up your resume
When you’re job searching, it’s important to have your resume ready to go at the drop of a hat. Ensure your most recent experiences and skills are listed, and have great references available should you earn an interview.
2. Network, network, network
Do some research about your new city and find the best networking groups in town. Make it a goal to go to two events a week to meet new people and learn what opportunities are available. While you’re there, collect people’s contact information so you can follow up later.
3. Use social media
When you meet someone at a networking event, be sure you stay connected through social media. Staying in touch on LinkedIn or Facebook might lead to a meaningful connection — and job — in the future. Just be sure your social media profiles are up to date and professional.
4. Ask people out to coffee
More often than not, people are willing to help you find what you’re looking for. If you meet people at a networking event or know people who have your dream job, ask them out to coffee. While there, ask how they got into their field, and what advice they’d give you as you search. They may know how to connect you with companies looking for applicants like you. Be sure to pick up the tab to show your appreciation.
5. Be persistent
Oftentimes, the way to ensure your resume or application rises to the top of the stack is through follow-up. After you inquire about a job, contact the hiring manager via phone or email within the next week to check in. It can help them remember you, and sometimes it puts your name at the top of their interview list.
Settling into a new short-term rental in NYC or room share in Boston can be stressful enough; be sure your job search isn’t. Use these five tips to get the job you want while you’re transitioning to your new life.