How to Get a Job in a New City

I’m so proud of one of my clients (we’ll call her Amy). 

Amy is moving to a new city in a few months and is kicking ass in her search for work there. 

She shows up for our calls, does the work in between and she is completely taking ownership of her career transition. 

So what can you learn from Amy to also set yourself apart from the crowd when you move to a new city?

1. Research Sectors and Organizations

Amy came to our first meeting with a spreadsheet of organizations she was interested in working for in the new city that included second and third degree connections she had on LinkedIn with each company. 

2. Engage on LinkedIn

Amy is reaching out to connections on LinkedIn, asking for introductions to individuals who work at some of her target organizations and in the sectors she's interested in. She’s also using LinkedIn to search for leaders in those sectors and is reaching out directly to request meetings and phone calls for informational interviews. 

3. Set up Telephone Calls

In order to build relationships in her future home, Amy is setting up telephone calls from 3,000 miles away to ask strategic questions that will feed her knowledge of the sector and her pipeline for work in the city. 

4. Schedule a Visit

Amy is really smart. She scheduled a visit to her new city and has over five meetings lined up for when she arrives. Those meetings are mostly introductory conversations and informational interviews with people in her sector, but she’s also going to a networking event while she’s there. 

5. Follow Up

When Amy communicates with anyone online, she’s really kind, appreciative and thoughtful. She always follows through and this makes her stand out from pretty much everyone.

6. Research Jobs Online

Not only is Amy researching companies she’d like to work for, but she’s also using LinkedIn, Indeed and niche job boards in her new city to uncover opportunities.

7. Customize Your Messages

When Amy came to me, her resume and cover letters were full of her many professional accomplishments, but she had failed to tailor her messages towards potential employers. Together we have reframed her executive summaries and cover letters to highlight how her previous accomplishments will benefit the potential employer. We have also refined her elevator pitches. 

If you’re moving to a new city, start your search for work at least three months prior to your move so that you can be as successful as Amy, and build a foundation for your career change to hit the ground running when you arrive!