Table of Contents Focus on Your Job Search Stay Organized Moving Expenses Visit the Area First The Address on Your Resumé Research Valuable Tools Multiple Sources of Job Leads Be Proactive! Network Questions?
Focus on Your Job Search Vital components of your “sales pitch” Know what you want Know where you want to be now and (possibly) in the future Know yourself You will be better able to make career decisions that will satisfy you into the future
Stay Organized Keep detailed records of your applications, research, contacts, and follow-up Help to ensure that you do not miss an important step in the process
Moving Expenses It can be very expensive to move Investigate moving costs in advance Make a detailed budget to plan for all possible expenses Be prepared to travel to interviews at short notice Is this in your budget?
Visit the Area First It is often easier to find a job if you can move to the area first Often not financially feasible If not, visit the place you wish to relocate to at least once Do preliminary reconnaissance Visit again for interviews Arrange as many interviews and meetings as you can for your time there
The Address on Your Resumé The address you use can make employers think twice They may feel it is inconvenient to hire someone from out of state Ask a local friend or relative to use their address and phone number for your job search Make sure they will pass on any mail and phone messages and that your name is included on their voicemail message If asking local connections is not possible Be clear in your cover letter about your plans to relocate Give your moving date Say when you will be in town in advance of your move So they know when you can interview
Research Research the cost of living, economic climate, key industries, and companies Also housing, typical weather, neighborhoods, and recreation resources Ensure that you make your decision to move with as much information as possible Employers will want to make sure that you are invested in your new environment So you will stay for the long-term
Valuable Tools Online job listings are available for every state Feld Career Center has more information on state and industry-specific sites Business section of area newspapers online or in print
Multiple Sources of Job Leads Include posted ads (online and in print) Family contacts Friends Alumni Other networking resources
Be Proactive! Make calls Set up informational interviews Follow up with thank-you notes and a phone call Create your own luck!
Network Professional associations often have local chapters that are a great resource for the newcomer Try to schedule your visit to coincide with a chapter networking event There are BU alumni clubs in many cities These groups can be a great way to make friends and network Online message boards Helpful and frequently overlooked way of networking Be professional and positive in your interactions and communications
Questions? Plan your long-distance job search strategy with the help of a career counselor from the Feld Career Center: Our office is located on the first floor, left of the stairs in the far left corner. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours Monday - Friday: 9AM - 5PM