Hence, we offer you some advice about long-distance job hunting: it takes a little more patience and hard work than usual. There are a number of things you need to consider before doing a long-distance search. However, if you’ve considered all factors and you’re still determined to do it, here are some tips that could help you:
1. Identify your area of specialization.
Most people relocate from a city with a low demand to a city with a high demand. If you are one of these people, you need to have skills that stand out. You have to be very specialized in your area of expertise.
You see, the idea behind being a specialist is that you are so great at doing a specific thing that employers will have a hard time finding someone as good as you, locally. In a city which is not your territory, you have to be the real deal.
2. Pitch yourself as a big-city catch.
While others are moving from a low-demand city to a high-demand one, some will try to move in the opposite direction. In this case, you can vaunt yourself as a big-city catch who can bring something new and different to a smaller place. Usually, when a star performer from a big city relocates to a smaller one, an interview with that person is being automatically considered and processed.
It’s a little bit biased to say that the competition in bigger cities is stronger, but let’s face it: if you came from an area of top-selling and top-rated companies, you’re probably a good catch!
3. Build local networks.
If you are really determined to get a job even before you move, you should start building local networks. Most jobs come from networking, so you need to have a strong and tight network where you want to be relocated.
However, you should remember that when building networks, you need to choose people who you can have real conversations and share real ideas with. After some time, these people will build strong relationships with you, start to care, and eventually help.
4. Select a city if you can’t select a job.
If you can’t decide on what job to choose, try looking for a city first. It would be better to identify first the city where you want to relocate before hunting for a job. Are you sure that you’re going to the right place? Make certain of it before searching for a job; this will make the process much easier.
5. Take time to think.
Hopefully you already know this, but let me remind you: money can’t buy happiness. A job, by itself, does not make you happy, especially if you’re only working for money and not because you enjoy doing it. Consider your family and friends. Are you sure you’re ready to leave them? It would be much better if you stayed near them while having a job that will make you truly happy.
As stated earlier, long-distance job hunting is hard. If you can’t prepare yourself with the help of these tips, you will have a hard time doing making it work. So, before embarking on a long-distance job search, ask yourself if you’re prepared to make some changes in your life.