How to handle a long distance job search
Due to globalisation, job networks and opportunities are more accessible compared to 10-20 years ago. Depending on your lifestyle and willingness to commute, many opportunities that were beyond consideration could now become part of your search considerations. If you are thinking about moving interstate or even internationally for a job, here are some guidelines on how to go about the job search.
Research your designated area by using all available resources – check online about career opportunities, schooling facilities if you have a family, development in the prospective city or town etc.
Inform your friends/personal contacts of your plans to relocate to your target area and request information they may have about the area, the names of friends, relatives and others living there whom you can contact for information.
Send your resume with a cover letter to recruiters in that area informing them of your commitment to relocate.
Respond to ads and use an extensive direct mail approach to target companies researched from the resources suggested from point 2, clearly stating your plan to relocate and need for an appropriate position.
Using all the “favourable” responses from point 3 above, if you are able to travel in advance, schedule a one or two week trip to your selected area. Should a recruiter arrange a job interview, your trip expenses may be covered, but this will not always be the case. Contact your potential network telling them when you will be in town and that you would appreciate the opportunity to meet. In many cases, if you’re not able to make the trip, arrange as many Skype or phone meetings before your trip.
Your trip is for business not pleasure. Don’t be side tracked. Phone for appointments and schedule several meetings a day if possible. Follow up on your leads.
Remember to harness the power of social media by using your profiles to its full potential. Follow the pages of companies you would like to work for, keeping an eye out for vacancies. Connect with recruiters and ensure all your profiles are aligned in terms of employment dates, job descriptions, areas of responsibility etc.
Relocating in itself can be a stressful experience. Adding a job search to that process could make things overwhelming. Regardless of the amount of work experience you have, remember to tackle the process by breaking it down into small manageable tasks. Stay positive throughout the process as your next career move could be your best one!