How pick up and move to a new city (and have a job)
February 5, 2012 11:24 AM Subscribe
How do I look for (and land) a job on the other side of the country?
posted by AstroGuy to Work & Money (2 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a lifelong (45) resident of a suburb of Chicago looking to make a major life change and relocate to the Pacific northwest. All the jobs I've ever worked in (more below) were found through local networking, so I have no idea how to start an out-of-state job search.
I've worked in many fields and I have experience in many others. Currently I work in fundraising for a well-known non-profit organization (who has affiliates in the part of the country I'd like to move to, but they are all independently operated, i.e., no simple "transfer" to another office.) In the past, I've worked in research for a university, spent nearly 20 years in IT (tech support, hardware tech, and most recently database development), but those skills are not current. In addition, I do freelance work as a graphic designer and photographer. I'd like to focus more on the latter, but in this economy, I understand beggars can't be choosers and I'm open to anything that pays a reasonable salary ($40k+). I have two degrees (associates in accounting, and bachelors in business management and accounting) and an incomplete masters (about 75% complete) in organizational leadership.
I really need to find a position before I move as I am not in the financial position to wing it. Divorce a few years ago left me with a significant debt and my current position pays enough to keep me that way.
I'd appreciate comments from any of you who have made similar major life changes. Thanks!