Relocating to a new area?  Here’s your timeline for job hunting

Relocating to a new area can be exciting and stressful.  And what about looking for a new job?  Here are a few best practices that will help you map out the best strategy and timeline for job hunting in a new city.

  1. Update your resume to include the city in which you are moving.  The best way that I’ve seen this done on resumes is to add this just below your current address (example: below 1234 Grant Street Cleveland, OH you’ll want to write “Relocating to Denver, CO in June 2017).  This allows your recruiter or interviewer to clearly see your intent to move and a timeframe in which you plan to relocate. If you have not yet decided on a specific date, list a season like “Spring 2017”.
  2. Create a short list of companies, in the new city, where you’d like to work.  Research local companies by searching, or typing “best companies in Denver (new city) list” that is published annually and is compiled using employee satisfaction ratings.  The companies with the highest employee satisfaction, strong pay and benefits packages and growth opportunities are recognized on these lists in most major cities.  These websites will also allow you to filter local company profiles by industry or size. Ideally, you’ll have 5-10 companies on your list.
  3. With your short list in hand, research the companies and positions that align with your experience. If you see a job opening that you like, go ahead and apply as it’s beneficial to be among the first applicants for a new job posting. When should you start applying? It’s best to apply no more than 6 weeks before your moving date. This is because most job postings are immediate with plans to hire as soon as possible.  If a typical interview cycle takes 2-4 weeks and you plan to give a suggested 2-week notice to your current employer, this 6-week window now seems more realistic.
  4. Your goal, at this point, is to get an initial interview.  Most often, you’ll start with a phone interview, so no need to worry about not being in your new city yet.  If your phone interview goes well and depending on the level of the position you have applied for, the company may want to schedule a video conference or fly you out for an onsite interview.  Be sure to tell your recruiter upfront about your plans and timeline to relocate.  This will help them guide the interview process accordingly.
  5. Lastly, in most cases, companies do not pay for relocation.  In today’s job market, relocation money can be hard to come by.  So it’s okay to ask your recruiter if there is relocation assistance, but you should not expect a “yes.”  If moving to a new city is contingent upon you receiving a relocation bonus, you may want to call a Recruiting Firm or a Direct Placement Firm as they may be able to better represent you and guide you towards opportunities that offer such benefits.

Moving to a new city can open a new world of job opportunities for you.  For best results, take the time to map out your moving timeline and your targeted companies. Always get in contact with a good recruiting firm like The Canon Group well in advance to make sure you have a great job when you arrive.