This Is How You Job Search When You're Moving

You’re moving to a new city! You might be experiencing mixed emotions—a ball of excitement, anxiety, and uncertainty wouldn’t be an inaccurate description.

Couple the stress of a move with that of a job search in an unfamiliar place where you may not know anyone, and your anxiety level has skyrocketed before you’ve even begun.

Take it from someone who’s relocated four times in the past 10 years, quickly landing great opportunities with each move: I promise you that you, too, can do this. It’ll take effort and energy, but persevere and it’ll pay off.

That means instead of sending perfectly tailored resumes and cover letters into the digital abyss, try this practical and effective approach.

1. Create a List of Companies

The first step is all about research. Familiarize yourself with the industry landscape in your new area. Your goal is to create a list of 20-30 potential employers in the city.

Begin with identifying companies in your field that you’re familiar with.

  • Utilize LinkedIn’s keyword search function. For example, if you’re looking for a nonprofit job in Nashville, TN, use keywords “nonprofit in Nashville.” If any employer piques your interest, add it to your list. Don’t spend too much time researching the company at this point. You don’t want you to get bogged down and lose momentum.
  • Find out where alumni are working: Check your alma mater’s career center for information about local employers that recruit in your new city.
  • Do a quick online job search. No need to research postings yet—at this stage, you’re just building out your list of organizations.