Moving to a new city or state can be an exciting adventure, but moving without a job is a terrifying prospect for many. The reasons that you may want, or need, to move somewhere are numerous, but there are some resources that can make the job hunt in your new city easier. Many times, you can start looking before you even pack your bags.
With job searching increasingly moving online, it has become very easy to scope out job listings ahead of time. Websites such as Craigslist and Indeed allow job seekers to see job listing anywhere in the U.S. On the right side of Craigslist’s main page you will see “Nearby CL” and links for U.S. Cities, States, and even worldwide. Clink on these links to view jobs and housing anywhere you would like to go. Indeed makes it even easier. Simply put the city where you are thinking of moving in the “Where” box, and Indeed will search listings and companies near your destination.
Indeed and Craigslist are not the only places to look for work. Most Chamber of Commerce sites have lists of major employers in their area. Most major companies accept applications online, and many have a long hiring process that allows you to submit applications in advance of a move. Most cities also have a free weekly paper that lists job and housing opportunities on their website. Just search “free weekly paper” and your destination city to find it.
Of course another great option is to get involved with the Goodwill in the area that you are moving. A Google search of “Goodwill” along with the city that you are moving will bring you to the website of the Goodwill covering that area. Although all Goodwills are unique, most offer services to help people find work.
Looking for work can be stressful, especially if you are not living in the area you want to work. Now more than ever, technology is making it easier to find work before moving. These are a few ideas to get you started!
Career Connections Specialist