Why you should find a job before you move
Stability: Securing a job before you move will give you one less thing to worry about. You can move in without having to think about finding employment. This can relieve a significant amount of stress related to the move.
Saves money: If you already have employment before moving in, you can start earning money straight away. This will allow you to pay for expenses such as rent and food without having to go into your savings. Without employment, these expenses would result in you having a net negative income.
Planning: Once you know where you are going to work, you are able to plan things around this such as the area to look for homes. Also, knowing your salary ahead of time will allow you to make a more accurate budget for the move.
Finding a home: Many landlords will require you to have proof of income to rent a home. Your offer letter for your new job can serve as proof of income and help you find housing more easily.
Location and finding a job
Some industries are firmly rooted in one city. Research the city that you are moving to and find out about the state of any industries that you may be interested in. If you end up deciding to move in search of work, ask anyone you know that currently living in the city if they know anyone hiring in your industry. They might be able to help you get your foot in the door with an opportunity that you wouldn't otherwise have.
Apply for jobs
Use what you learned in your research to start applying for jobs you are interested in. Apply on job search engines and company websites. Try to be proactive with your applications by following up on your application status and continuously checking your emails.
Mention it in your cover letter
If you're not located where you need to be to find a job, you need to be careful in how you approach job applications. Some employers automatically throw away any resume that shows an out of state zip code.
You want to be sure that the employer will know that you are already intending to move. This tells them that you are not going to waste their time by backing out midway through the hiring process to avoid having to move. It also shows them that they will not have to wait a long period of time before your can start working, as the move is already in progress. Another tactic you could use is to avoid putting any location on your resume or cover letter.
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