You are about to move to a new city but you would like to secure a job, first. This requires doing some long distance job searching. Accept that this is not easy to do and then follow the tips we offer when you start job searching because you plan on relocating.
1. Create a list of companies to work for in your new city
Before job searching, you have to do your research to see what jobs and industries are thriving in your new location. Go on LinkedIn’s job search feature and do a keyword search by:
- The job you want
- Located in the city you are moving to
- And the minimum pay you need
See if the industry you work in has a lot of companies and work available for you. Out of the companies you are finding, see if any of them currently employ your college alumni. College alumni make some of the best connections for the entire span of a career. For now, you are just making a list for yourself to see who you will be contacting or the companies you will be applying for. When this research is done, you can get down to business!
2. Find your connections
Now that you have some companies and names, it is time to start reaching out to people. For all the companies you desire to work for in your new city, contact your college alumni at these companies with connection requests. Add a LinkedIn note that is brief and friendly. In the note, explain that you are moving to their city, looking for work, and went to the same college.
LinkedIn is a great help in this process because a company’s page displays your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-degree connections. Granted it will feel odd reaching out to strangers but given you both went to the same alma mater, you should feel comfortable knowing you have a common background in education. There is something about “going to the same college” that connects people for their entire lives, even those who attended the same college at different times. Use it to your advantage.
In addition, you should try to contact anyone you see working at your dream company, especially if they are a 1st-degree connection. It would help to start up a dialogue with a new person in your new city before you arrive.
3. Try to get face-time with these new connections
Studies show people, in general, only trust about 31% of the content and people they connect with online. Until now you have been requesting to connect with people and writing messages, but there is no social proof you are a real human.
While networking, see if you can talk a connection into connecting for a brief call. Let them know you would like to ask what it’s like to live in this city you are moving to and what they think of it.
When you give a person a chance to talk about what they know, they will take that chance to tell you. In return, you are making a connection and thanking a person who may soon be your neighbor. During your face-time with new connections, you can get details about jobs, life in the new city, and much more.
4. Start online job searching
Many say applying to jobs for people online is a waste of time. Granted, the hit rate is not that much by comparison to the number of applications filled out, but it is a good way to see the job activity in a city and maybe make some calls.
Just because you have an online job application, does not necessarily mean that filling out the application is the only means of communicating to get the job. See if you can find who posted it on LinkedIn. Start to connect with people posting jobs in your new city.
5. Follow up
This process certainly involves lots of hustling. Making all these connections, job searches, and contact requests would be pointless if you never followed up with any of them. Without endlessly pestering them, stay in touch with the people you are networking with. And by all means, once you arrive in your new city with or without a job, make sure you thank them for offering such a pleasant introduction to your new location!