Long Distance Job Searching
April 7, 2011 6:41 PM Subscribe
What, if anything, can I do now to have a productive - and hopefully successful - job search six months from now?
posted by anonymous to work & money (4 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Odds are I'll be moving back to my hometown in the fall, after almost 15 years away from it. It will be a move of >1000 miles. Think of my hometown as being a "company town," albeit one of the biggest "companies" (if you want to call it that) in the nation. There are industries that serve this "company," and other industries that benefit from being geographically close to the "company," and yet more industries that have nothing to do with either but apparently enjoy the crappy traffic and bad weather. In other words: a potentially big pool of places to work, even in this wintry economic climate. (FYI: my interest in working for "the company" is zero.) This is in the United States.
I am operating under the assumption that I won't be able to actively job search (as in, apply or interview or seriously talk to anyone about positions) until I'm there, since I won't have the paid time off from my current job to fly there on a moment's notice for anything face-to-face, nor is that really within my budget. In practical terms, no job that I can realistically get would pay my interview travel or moving expenses. Even assuming I could line up phone interviews before my move, it would be an awkward thing to take care of during work hours (no privacy). I'm also a little hesitant to do phone interviews, unless I can be convinced that as a phone-interviewee I would have no handicap compared to a person who is being interviewed in person for the same job.
Therefore I want to use the time I know that I have beforehand super wisely since I have the luxury of some planning time. What should I be doing RIGHT NOW to allow me to hit the ground running once I have moved?
Assumptions you can make: My budget & I can tolerate about a four to six month search once I am there. Housing and food are not an issue. I am a generalist more so than a specialist - although I could lay claim to specializing in one or two things, I am trying to cast a wider net than that. I have a handful of friends left in my hometown who I could probably count on for referrals or leads, but I can't expect them to find me a job. I've already begun making a list of specific places in the area that interest me and look like they're hiring (i.e. not in bad financial shape).
(mini-question: any practical or insider knowledge about what's hot and what's not, job-wise, in the "company town" is also appreciated!)