Moving to a new area is stressful enough when you have a job waiting for you; when you do not have one, it can be very scary. Not only is the process of moving and storage exhausting in itself, you have to make sure that you have enough money to live on until you are hired somewhere. Now, if you are moving somewhere that there is a lot of opportunity, this probably is not such a huge concern, but you still have to be prepared.
Keep in mind that even if you get hired somewhere right away, it could take a few weeks for you to get a paycheck. Ideally, you should have enough money saved to cover your bills and expenses for three months after you move.
Do Your Research
No matter how in love you are with the area, it may not be a practical move based on your skills or degree. If you are versatile, then finding at least temporary employment should not be a problem. You need to have a good idea of what opportunities are available at your chosen location though.
Be honest with yourself; are you willing to start as the low man on the totem pole again if you can’t find a job right away. Are you willing to get a job in a restaurant or retail store until something else comes along?
It is a good idea to start watching career sites and job postings in the local online newspaper, Craigslist and Monster.com. Quite often, you will see jobs listed that need to be filled in the future. Even if you are not considered for the listed position, you can always send a note with your resume stating that you will be moving to the area and you are interested in setting up a meeting to see what may be available at that time. You may find yourself with a job practically waiting for you when you arrive.
Become a Local
You may be surprised at the opportunities you discover simply by hanging out at local hot spots. This could include the local pub, a busy café, the driving range, gym, etc. Don’t be afraid to talk to people and hand out your business cards to a few. Never underestimate letting the bartender know that you are new in town and looking for employment. They tend to know everyone and hear of openings. Don’t be surprised if that person pouring your shots introduces you to your new boss, or points you in the right direction of your dream job.
Moving and storage is often a chore in itself; the last thing you want is to be stressed during interviews. If you moved with a little money saved, you don’t have to jump on the first job you interview for. Besides employers can often pick up on desperation and this is a huge turn off. Do the things you love, settle into your house and wait for that perfect opportunity to open up.