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On the (Job) Hunt While Making a Move

Looking for a job in Denver while you're living in D.C.? Moving down the street can be difficult, but moving more than a few hours away brings its own set of challenges and complications. One of the most important things to think about when moving is your career. Unless you're moving for a job, you'll probably need to transition to a new company and finding something can be tricky. To help you make the switch smooth, we talked with Dan Gomez-Palacio, Director of Career Services at Columbia College to get some of his top job search tips. 

One of the first things Gomez-Palacio suggested was to keep a list of potential employers and organizations as you go about your job search. Be sure to highlight any bonuses such as help relocating or great benefits. If you are looking to change professions, look into potential education requirements and, if needed, local or online universities near your relocation area.

To get started, check out websites such as Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com and Glassdoor.com. These sites "can provide a lot of information in specific geographic areas and help you not only look for open positions, but also potential employers," Gomez-Palacio said. Even if a company doesn't have your perfect position, they might still be worth looking into should a job open up. You can also use these sites as a jumping-off point to go to company specific sites.

Gomez-Palacio also suggested looking into the local Chamber of Commerce website. This will give you a good idea of the local businesses as well as helping you narrow down large and small companies depending on what you're looking for. The Commerce website can also help you see lists of the largest employers, relocation information, a list of businesses/organizations in your industry and networking opportunities.

Another way to go about the job search is to start within your industry. Many professional organizations will have local chapters which actively host career sites and networking opportunities. Most will have a free job bank and information. Gomez-Palacio pulled out a few suggestions for our Denver example:

  • The Denver Public Relations Society of America
  • Denver Ad Club
  • Colorado Non Profit Association
  • Institute for Internal Auditors - Denver

For some cities, universities and colleges are the largest employer, and looking into their career services could also help. Many host career fairs and advertise their career partners on the website, giving you an idea of the local businesses and organizations currently hiring. You can also peruse sites such as Craigslist, but Gomez-Palacio warned that "you have to be wary of scams." Using LinkedIn lets you connect with friends and employees and do preliminary searches for specific jobs or locations. You can even use Twitter and "follow local job hashtags and job sources" for updates and potential open positions. 

There are a number of ways to go about the job search, but doing it from a different city can be tricky. Be open to Skype or FaceTime interviews and try to have a firm grasp on your timeline for moving and when you can actually start your new job. Remember to start broad and narrow it down from there and don't forget about good, old-fashioned networking - good luck!

Job Search, Change, Family, Career Change, Columbia College

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