(Closed) Job hunting- Relocation frustration

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I found my job first and then I moved… although looking back it was probably just good luck that it worked out. We will be moving again soon (most likely across the country for DH’s job) and I will probably move and then job hunt. I don’t think I would feel comfortable doing that if we weren’t married yet, though.

Sorry you’re having a hard time. Job hunting is tough as it is – searching in another city is so stressful.

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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apra26:  It’s really tough to find a job before moving unless you are in a really high demand field.  On top of employers prefering local candidates, you usually don’t have a network in your new area, which is one of the key ways to find a job.

I recomend that you put your BF’s address on your resume and don’t mention the move at all.  Many employers will not notice from the location of your current job alone. 

As a backup plan, start stashing away more cash.  If you do end up choosing to move without a job, you’ll want to have enough savings to cover several months expenses while you look.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

I’m in the same boat right now. I’m moving in August to be with my fiance. Have not yet told my current employer that I’m moving because I feel like it’s too far out. I just started applying for jobs in the new city last week. I have been putting my fiance’s address on my resume, and just explaining at the end of my cover letters that I’m relocating to this city in the summer to be with my partner.

I think you can definitely find a job in another city before you move there. You may have to foot the bill for traveling to the in person interview if the company doesn’t want to pay for it, but that’s the only downside.

Still, I definitely feel your stress! I’m planning to move when my lease is up at the end of July, but it’s giving me massive anxiety to think I may not have a job lined up by then. I have decent savings, but a chunk of that will go towards my cross-country move, and I’d really rather not dip into any more. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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apra26:  I didn’t mean you shouldn’t move before marriage – when I moved DH was my BF at the time. I meant I would want my own income, too! I’m with cbgg as I wouldn’t mention the move at all in your cover letter. If you do decide to move before finding a job, maybe you could find something temporary to bring in some money until you find something in your field?  Good luck in your job search xx

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Many companies nowadays will rely on it heavily as a recruiting tool, to check out the candidate, get a better idea if who they are, look at their endorsements and recommendations, etc. 

it raises eyebrows, where I work, when a candidate doesn’t have one. Can’t hurt to set one up and fill it out as completely as you can. Have all the resources you can working for you, OP 🙂 

western NYs economy is also slower than NYC’s. What field are you looking to work in? 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  partyof2.
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Post # 12
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Worker bee

I understand your frustration entirely! Being that you work as a legal secretary, it seems like your only barrier is actually being there for interviews, because there are plenty of jobs available. It might just be a good decision to move first and find a job second.

When I moved for graduate school, I took the leap with the little that I had and I drove for Lyft on nights and weekends until I had a permanent job. I was lucky in that I moved to an urban area so driving was lucrative, but this may not be the case for you. Also, reach out to your friends and use your boyfriend as a resource! I only found a job after talking to a friend of mine, who referred me to someone in my field with an open position. Best of luck with your move and job search!

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