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Job Searching in a New Location

When moving to a new city, it can be a daunting task to look for a job. Unless you know the location well, it can be a struggle to learn who the employers in your area are and how to find them. The below tips can get you started on making the transition. 

Start Finding the local resources

If you are moving to a city, often times there will be local resources that focus on the area's job market. Start with the local newspaper's site, then branch off from there to see what you can find. Additionally, look for local chapters of professional associations. For example, if you are pursuing a career in Human Resources, look up the local chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Often, they will have local job listings. If you are interested in working in non-profits, find the local United Way. Typically they will have a list of area organizations that you could explore for jobs. 

Additionally, check out resources sponsored by the State. Each state runs job listings through their Department of Workforce Development (might be called different things in each state).

Explore the location's chamber of commerce

Take the time to explore the area's local Chamber. Chambers look to promote the area businesses and attract new residents and employers. Often they host job sites, but even if not, they have member directories that can let you know which organizations are in your field. For instance, if you are in accounting, the Chamber should have a directory of local accounting firms who are active members. These then make great organizations to research and reach out to. Finally, on their websites they often promote data on the largest employers in the region that you can use as a jumping off point. 

Research at local colleges and universities

Look at area schools can often provide a number of resources. First, see when they host their career fairs. Often, they will allow members of the community to come for a small cost, or for free. Even if they don't, you can typically find a list of attending organizations, which can end up being an excellent inventory of potential employers who are actively hiring. Additionally, they may list local career search tips or resources that can help you get started.

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