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What’s the Best Way to Find a Job Out of State Without Spending a Lot of Money? | Job Search Radio

What is the best way to find an out-of-state job? I don’t have a lot of contacts or connections.



I will use the example of New York and California because it's a common scenario.

You live in New York and want to move to California. How do you go about doing thisbuilding your connections. The job search, as you know, is not going to be instantaneous. It will take time to do it. You start by building your connections on LinkedIn. You start working at developing relationships with people in order for them to know, like and trust you.

Let me repeat that

You want to start building relationships with people so that they know, like and trust you and are willing to refer you to opportunities.

How do you go about doing that? LinkedIn is an obvious example. Facebook is another; twitter is a third. All the social network sites are designed to help you build relationships. Find people who work in organizations that you want to work for and start networking with them. Building a trusting you and your ability to help them. Building relationship with them. Don't just simply connect with them and simply say, "Hey! I'm looking for job!" Who is going to work for you under those circumstances? Would you?

This is about relationship building and that is going to take some time but your search is going to take some time. So let's not kid ourselves. Start doing that immediately.

The 2nd thing to do is to start contacting search firms. Contingency and executive recruiters. If you are at that level that can help you with introductions.

If they want you to fly out of it at your own expense to meet with them, simply suggest the Skype or FaceTime conversation where the 2 of you can get connected with one another and they can evaluate and assess you from an interview perspective.

The purposes of contacting them, . Look for firms that seem to be specialized in your area. Yes, you can apply for ads, but most importantly, look for search firms that appear to be doing significant work in your area who thus have relationships that can benefit you.

You can find those out by looking at their websites. You can figure that out by saying what ads they are running… There are a whole host of different things that will allow you to develop some reconnaissance and reach out to search firms and be interviewed by them through Skype so that this way, they get a sense of you and your personality so that you're not just jumping on the next plane because they have a bad interview for you. You want to be evaluating them as much as they want to be evaluating you.

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