Looking for jobhunting tips in NYC
November 26, 2012 2:51 PM Subscribe
I relocated to NYC and am looking for a job outside of my typical role. I think I'm going about it the wrong way - can you suggest good strategies for finding an interesting (and not necessarily tremendously lucrative) job or gigs in an unfamiliar city?
posted by gyges to Work & Money (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I moved to NYC after living in Washington, DC for over a decade, but couldn't bring my old job with me. I've been having a harder time of finding work than I expected, and I'm not sure how much of that challenge is attributable to the economy or my own shortcomings.
Background: I worked for 10+ years as a technical writer and editor in the IT security industry, with a few years of work as an analyst and project manager thrown in. After some consideration (and previous AskMe questions), I've decided I really do enjoy the editing and writing components much more than the IT analysis/support part, and would love to work more on editing or copywriting (the latter of which I have done before, but not as a primary job role.). I'd really rather not go back to doing tech writing full time, but I am at the point where I can't be too picky about sources of income.
That said, I've been submitting resumes daily through Monster, LinkedIn, Craigslist, and some other sites, and I've been a little surprised at how few responses of any kind I'm getting (and it's been frankly demoralizing.) Is it just particularly difficult to find jobs in the NYC area right now? I've tried contacting two temp agencies, but was told that it was rare to find work for someone with my background.
So basically -
- I need to know how to improve my hustle. Where should I be looking for the best jobs and what can I do to make myself more appealing?
- Is it feasible to try to find employment outside of my traditional background? I'm comfortable starting over in a new industry at a much reduced salary, if that's what it takes, but I don't know if I need to be working smarter by doing something other than blindly submitting resumes and thoughtful cover letters.
- Are there any really interesting opportunities in the area that I might not be aware of? I'd love to find something particularly interesting to do, even outside of what I've described, if it led to more interesting life experiences or helped get me established in a new field.
I'd be happy to clarify any aspect of my background if it helps sketch a better picture of what I'm trying to do.