There is nothing more exciting than making the decision to relocate to a new and exciting city. The world is filled with incredible places, so why not get out there and see them? Whether it’s a long term move, or just a brief desire to live somewhere else, there are still a lot of things to consider.
One of the main things? Well, getting a job in your new city, of course. It can be a challenge to figure out the best strategy for finding a new position in a new place. Thankfully, we’re here to help, with some great tips on how exactly to go about landing a job in a new city.
Do Your Research
A move is not as simple as packing a bag and booking a plane ticket. There is a LOT of research that will go into moving, especially when lining up a role at the same time. One major thing you need to look into is possible visa requirements. If you’re leaving the European Union for a city further afield, you will need to arrange a work visa for yourself. These require research and preparation. You should also look into stuff like cost of living, rent prices and that kind of stuff. These will all come in handy when you get to the interview stage of your job hunt. The more you know, as they say…
It’s Not What You Know
…It’s who you know! If you are moving to a new city, think about the people you may know that live and work there (if any). Reach out to them for job leads, advice, and information about working life in the city.
Can You Transfer?
So you’ve decided on the city of your dreams, but the idea of trying to get a new job scares you. Well, have you thought about transferring internally? This is not something that everyone has access to, but if you work for a large, International company, it might be worth chatting to your boss about. Especially if you like your job, and the company you work for.
Do yourself a favour (while also kind of skipping a step) and sign up for as many job alerts as possible within the city of your choice. This will make your life a lot easier, as relevant jobs will just land in your inbox.
Networking is Key
When you touch down in your new home, make sure you start networking as soon as you can. Look into professional bodies that are within your industry, and sign up to as many events and meetups as you can. These kinds of things are a great way to meet people who may be able to offer you career opportunities, or advice. You never know who you might meet!
When you start applying for roles in your new city, make sure you look into CV specifics. Different parts of the world have different standards when it comes to CVs (or resumes, as they’re called in the USA). Make sure you learn about the most common CV practices in the city you’re moving to. Think things like length, images and that kind of stuff.
Social media will be one of your most valuable assets as you start the job hunt in your new city. Make sure you update and perfect your LinkedIn profile, and connect with important people within your industry. Ask former colleagues and employers to write you recommendations on LinkedIn, and to endorse you for your skills. Get yourself out there!
Location, Location, Location
When you’re thinking about making a move to a new city, you really need to consider the location in terms of getting a job, if you’re looking for a specific kind of role. What is your chosen industry like in the city of your dreams? Will there be jobs available to you? Make sure you align your city of choice with your career aspirations!
Think About The Interview
So you’ve done it – you’ve been called for an interview. This can be a tricky one, especially if you haven’t actually moved officially as of yet. Make sure you can get to your new city at reasonably short notice, so that you have the chance to interview. Alternatively, see if the places you are interested in working for would be willing to enable a remote job interview. Given the goings on over the last few months, this shouldn’t be an issue.
Don’t assume that your new job will give you a relocation stipend to set yourself up in your new city. While many businesses offer a relocation package, many don’t – so be sure you have enough money to cover yourself until you receive your first pay cheque. Don’t be stuck.
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Best of luck on your new adventure!
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