Finding a Tech Job in a New City with No Contacts
March 21, 2011 6:48 AM Subscribe
A continuation of part 1
of my "looking for a new place to live" saga, I'm now ready to start a serious hunt for a (preferably) software development job in a new city. Problem is, I don't have any contacts in the cities I'm interested in. What's the best way to land a job in one of these towns?
posted by mrbob14 to work & money (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 23-year old male who recently worked as a developer for a large software company for about a year. In the middle of January, I left my job because I was unhappy about working in the same small town I grew up in and wanted to pursue something else. I made an attempt to go back to music school, and things didn't really work out. I've continued to maintain another job I've held since 2009 as a church organist to keep the cash flow coming in until I find a new opportunity.
I'd ideally like to find a job in software development, but I don't really have contacts in the software industry in any of the locations I'm interested in (Portland, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, LA, and possibly a few others). Most of my contacts are concentrated in the northeast.
One area of concern is how I should explain a 2+ month gap in my software work history. Like I said, I left because I was unhappy working in the same small town where I grew up, and I wanted to try my hand at going back to music school. Should I even mention this in a cover letter, or save it until they ask?
What should I be doing now to help my cause? Should I try to make contacts in the cities I'm interested in before applying to places? If so, what's the best way to do that? Should I embark on a big software project on my own? If so, what? I'm basically looking for the next steps that will increase my chances of landing a job in one of these cool new places.