Should You Move To Pursue Your Career?

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Over the coming weeks, college seniors will be giving a lot of consideration to something besides their grades: what work they will take upon graduation. 2010 is not shaping up to be a good year to find work with some students deciding to punt and continue on with their schooling in pursuit of a master’s. That might work well for some people, but for others it is time to start looking for interview suits and obtaining personal recommendations.

careerAs of this writing, unemployment sits at 10 percent, but it may be much higher. That is because you have to take into account those people who are working part-time, but want to work full-time and others who have given up looking for work.

Are you depressed yet? Well, try not to be. You may be able to find work, but it could mean that you will need to relocate in order to find something to get your career started or at least pay the bills until something better comes along.

Consider taking the following strategy over the next few weeks and months:

Intensify your local search. Plan on contacting as many companies locally over the next few weeks related to your field. You can only weigh your chances if you put them on the scale in the first place. Local could mean two different things to you: near your family home or near your college. Consider your family location first (rent free), but keep your college town high on your list especially if jobs are plentiful.

Look beyond your area. Juju.com recently listed what they say are the easiest cities for finding work. Guess what? Washington, DC is at the very top thanks a rapidly expanding federal government. Other cities still attracting jobs (and recent grad) include Austin and San Antonio in Texas; Denver; Hartford, CT; Salt Lake City; and San Jose. Yes, even Baltimore, Boston, and New York City made the list, the latter a curios addition at that.

Investigate the area. Perhaps Austin is of interest to you. If so, what do you know about the city? Start researching the cost of apartments, utilities, transportation, access to work, and what jobs are available in the area. National job boards can give some indication as can Craigslist, regional job sites, and even business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce. Make calls; take notes.

Make a plan. If you have decided that a fresh start is right for you and you have a city you plan on moving to, then step up your job search accordingly. Contact companies in your soon to be new city and explain that you are moving to the area and on what date. Your resume will indicate your current address, therefore address this point in your cover letter as well in conversation.

Stay or Go?

Some experts advise not making a move until you have a job. But if you finish school and you do not have a job offer in hand, how will you search for one? Consider budgeting a move, signing a short term lease, and be prepared to pound the pavement until you find something that suits you.

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