Whether family, friends or a desire for a change of scenery draw you to another state, the first step in your relocation plan may be to find a job in that state. Looking for a job when you don't live in the state you're targeting presents challenges. You can't schedule an interview on short notice. You may not know anyone in the state who can provide you with job leads. But you can find a job in another state and move if you take advantage of many resources on the Internet.
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Update your resume. Because you'll probably be making your initial contact with potential future employers online, you need an up-to-date resume in an easy-to-email format, such as Word.
Compile a list of potential employers in your field. Career One Stop offers a search engine that allows you to search for companies by industry and by state. Make a list of possibilities, along with address and contact information. Search company websites for possible job openings.
Read the online classifieds of newspapers in the major metropolitan areas of your desired state. These may turn up more job leads. While you're at it, check the real estate ads to get an idea of the availability and cost of rentals.
Schedule a trip to the area. Set the trip for a couple of weeks out. Plan to stay up to a week. Chicago Kent College of Law notes that an in-person visit will be necessary to interview. If you let employers know when you'll be in the area, employers will schedule your interview then. You can cover a lot of ground in a short time by scheduling several interviews during your visit.
Contact the employers on your list. Chicago Kent College of Law suggests sending your resume or application through the company website, but following up with a telephone call a week before your visit. Let the hiring manager know you'll be traveling to the area and ask for an interview.
Prepare for the interview as you would any other with two additions. Be ready with an answer when the interviewer asks why you want to relocate. According to Chicago Kent College of Law, employers are wary of applicants who appear impulsive. Show that you've thought this out carefully and have sound reasons for wanting to move. Also, if you receive a job offer, ask if the company will pay your moving expenses. Have a plan to pay these costs yourself if the employer declines to do so.
Visit several neighborhoods in the new area to get a feel for where you'd like to live. Research the cost of moving your belongings and draw up a budget to help you make your move.