Long Distance Job Search


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    2. 2. 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?
    3. 3. 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
    4. 4. 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
    5. 5. 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?
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. 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
    8. 8. 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
    9. 9. 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
    10. 10. Multiple Sources of Job Leads Include posted ads (online and in print) Family contacts Friends Alumni Other networking resources
    11. 11. Be Proactive! Make calls Set up informational interviews Follow up with thank-you notes and a phone call Create your own luck!
    12. 12. 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
    13. 13. 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: careers@bu.edu  Office Hours  Monday - Friday: 9AM - 5PM