How to Find a Job in a City Where No One Knows You


Finding gainful employment in a city or town where you have no contacts has never been an easy task but it’s an even harder one in today’s economy. Last month the national unemployment rate increased by 7.6% and, according to a WTEN Channel 10 News story, it stands at 6.5%. According to the same news story, it’s also rising steadily from month to month. Jobs are being cut almost daily. Last month alone, the work force in the United States was slashed by 598,000 jobs.

It has always been a prudent idea to start your job search and, if at all possible, secure your new job before you moved, but that is even more true today unless you have enough money stashed away to live for a year or more while you seek full time employment. It’s relatively easy today with the internet to start a long distance job search, so if you are contemplating a future move, now is the time to start searching for a new job in the city that you will be moving to because you will be competing against many highly qualified locals for fewer job openings.

First things first, update your resume.

You will want to update your resume first so it not only contains your latest employment information; you want to revise the format so it presents your information in the most professional manner possible. If you aren’t a talented resume writer with the skills necessary to construct a professional looking and sounding resume, you should outsource that job to a professional resume writing service. You want a resume that will stand out head and shoulders above all the others so that the person who screens them before they get to HR Manager’s desk puts yours on the top of the stack for his or hers attention. Check out your local Yellow Pages for a resume service but if there isn’t one listed, here is a link to a resume services directory. Once you have your new, professional resume in hand, it’s time to start your actual job search.

Begin your search with the local newspapers

Almost every major city newspaper has an online edition that’s free to access from any computer with internet access. There are a few that charge a fee to access their online editions but you can probably find those at your public library. Most public libraries also have paid subscriptions to many of those online editions that their patrons can search using the library’s computers. To keep from having to Google each individual newspaper, here is an online newspaper directory. Many newspapers also provide a link which you can use to submit your resume online once you have found a job opportunity that interests you. These sites also allow you to create cover letters to accompany your resume. Most newspapers also allow you to post your resume on their site for free so people seeking employees with your skills can peruse your posted resume and then contact you to set up an interview.

The American Job Bank

The American Job Bank was once the best online job source going but they ceased operations in 2007 and was replaced by individual state job banks which appear to be a little easier to navigate. Here the link to the state directory. The Worker Reemployment home page is really easy to understand and it will provide you with city and state specific opportunities. Just as with the old American Job Bank, you will be able to post your own resume for potential employers to scan.

Other online job search sites

There are a plethora of other online job search sites. A few of the major sites are

· Monster Jobs

· Career Builders

· Yahoo Hot Jobs

· Careers Finders

These will get you started. There are hundreds more, just Google online job sites.

Social and/or professional networking

If you are registered with any of the online networking sites, reach out to those contacts to help you find employment in the city you will be moving to. The old expression, “It’s not what you know but who you know that really matters,” has never been truer then it’s today.


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