When you have your sights set on moving out of state, know that you’re going to have to work twice as hard – not just to find a job but also to convince that out-of-state employer that you’re the right person for the job. Fortunately for you, a lot of jobs get posted somewhere online these days. So, unlike the days of old when the local newspaper may have been the only place to find local openings, you can use a number of online outlets to search for jobs.
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1. Get job alerts
Whether you’re using FindEmployment or any other job board to search for jobs, there’s more to the platform than just poring over jobs on a daily basis. To make the process easier, sign up for job alerts. When a job comes up that meets your search criteria – including job titles and locations – you’ll get an alert sent to your email address.
2. Join an industry association
If you’re not already a member of an association that’s related to your industry, it’s time to join. Being a member of a group of people in your industry can give you access to conferences and trainings that can help to improve your career. What’s more, associations typically offer a jobs board to members, making it easier to find jobs online. In addition, networking with other people in your industry can put you in touch with people who may be hiring.
3. Pay for an industry job listing
Beyond association job boards, look for job boards that are specific to your industry. For example, JournalismJobs caters to professionals in TV, print and online journalism. Getting premium access to listings sometimes costs a little bit of money, but the investment can be worth it. If you’re not sure where to start, ask around among your colleagues; they may have some ideas you didn’t know about.
4. Find target employers online
Use the wealth of information available on the Internet to your full advantage. Check out employers’ social media feeds to get a feel for their style and to brainstorm areas in which a particular employer may need help. If you pitch the right idea to the right employer at the right time, you could carve out a new job for yourself. Use LinkedIn, social media, company websites and your personal connections to direct your inquiries to the right person with target companies.
5. Email your network
If you really want a job in a particular state, you should also tap your own personal network to find people who might know people who can help. Send an email out to your friends, family and trusted colleagues (who won’t spill the beans about your desire to leave your current job), and let them know that you’re seeking employment in a certain city or state. Ask for any connections or recommendations for places to start. The people in your network might not be directly connected to someone who’s hiring but they may know people in the target state who you can tap for more information.
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A long-distance job search can take a lot longer than a local one, reminds Alison Green of U.S. News & World Report, but if all that effort results in a new job in your dream state, the extra effort you took to make connections online will definitely be worth it.