Relocating is a big deal, especially when you’re taking a leap of faith and looking for a job after the move.
Making a fresh start somewhere new can be a stressful time that’s mixed with the feelings of excitement and apprehension. So, before you pack up and hand over the house keys, take a few minutes to read our tips that’ll get you bouncing back to the job market in your new neighbourhood.
Even if you’re already in the late stages of preparing to move it’s worth researching your new location. Look at the kind of businesses in the area and search for job vacancies online. There are plenty of national and international job websites that list a wide variety of roles.
Bear in mind that if you apply for jobs from afar the employer may still want to interview you face-to-face, so be prepared to travel. But some companies are happy to do phone or Skype interviews. You may find you have no luck until you move, but don’t be disheartened.
Tune into local media
Regional newspapers, TV and radio stations are treasure troves of information about their communities. Many also have websites so take a look at job adverts, business news and forthcoming events. In fact, look for anything that can open the door to your new business community.
Update your CV
Don’t forget to update your contact details on your CV before sending it to potential employers and recruitment agencies.
If you have a LinkedIn profile update that too and add your last job to the ‘Experience’ section.
Local recruitment agencies
Regional recruitment consultancies such as Pure know their business communities inside out, so register with the ones you feel can help you with your job search. Talk to a consultant about what you’re looking for – you may pick up some invaluable advice!
Social media is a fantastic way to find out about the latest vacancies. It’s worth signing up and following your chosen recruitment agencies.
Do your homework!
If you want a big change in both your home and work life, consider a role that enables you to work at home. This is ideal if you’re relocating to a rural setting that is a long drive to the nearest places of work. Make sure you have a reliable internet connection, however.
Remote working can also bring you flexibility if you have a young family and it has the added benefit of allowing you to save on those petrol costs!
Have a ‘Plan B’
Relocating and finding work may prove more challenging that you originally expected, so make sure you have a ‘Plan B’!
If you’re ultimately looking for a full-time job, be open to part-time, temporary or even voluntary roles at first. All of these can help you get to know the local area, make new contacts and prevent any career gaps on your CV.
Should the job search be really difficult, perhaps your fresh start could include re-training or going self-employed. Before doing so, however, do your research and don’t rush into any decisions!
Gill is a founding Director of Pure and has worked in recruitment since 1988, including eight years of specialist recruitment experience within an international specialist recruitment company and five years working within financial services recruitment in Sydney, Australia. Gill’s approach is to provide clients and candidates with the highest quality of service. She has a consultative style which has led to her building long-term relationships with both clients and candidates.