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Finding a new job in Kansas City - Kansas City Apartment and Rental Advice

There’s no doubt about it. Looking for a new job in a city that’s not your home can be tough. It can also be a bit unnerving. But, there are ways to make the search go more smoothly. Whether you’ve already moved to a new city or you’re looking at the possibility of relocating after you’ve landed the perfect job, there are ways to approach the search. Those who have already laid roots in a new city might have a bit of an edge on some jobs, but that certainly doesn’t mean the out-of-towner should be counted out of the running.

If you’re looking to relocate, but haven’t yet, here are some tips for finding the right job:

  • The first thing to do is to find out everything possible about the city you intend to move to. You may decide it’s not the place for you. Check into costs of living, culture, housing and anything else that’s important to you.
  • As you research your new city, check into major employers in the industry or industries you’d like to work in. Get some ideas of where to send resumes.
  • Update your resume and reference list. If you’re looking at multiple industries, make sure your resume is personalized for each. For example, if you have teaching credentials, but also have a strong sales background, make sure you have a resume set for both careers.
  • Start looking for available positions. Doing this long distance may seem difficult, but it’s not all that tough thanks to the Internet. Check local papers online, browse job-hunting sites and even look into local universities that might offer career planning assistance. It’s also a good idea to look into Internet employment sites such as Monster.com. These sites can give you a great idea of what’s available where you intend to move and they’re readily used by some of the country’s major employers.
  • Another great way to land a job long distance to check with local chambers of commerce and even find employment agencies in the area where you’d like to relocate.
  • Once you’ve found a few positions you’re interested in, start sending out those resumes. Don’t be afraid to follow up, but don’t “pester” too much.
  • If potential employers are interested in interviews, try to set them up for the same general time frame, especially if there will be a lot of travel involved. One trip is a lot easier on the wallet than two, and you can’t always count on a potential employer to pick up the airfare, hotel and rental car bills for your interview. It all depends on the career field and level of the position you’re going after.
  • While you’re in town for interviews, make the trip pay for itself. Start looking for places to live and begin to learn the lay of the land. If you do this, you’ll feel more at home when you arrive for real.
  • Above all, be confident in your search and your abilities. Finding a job can be tough, but it’s not impossible if your search is thorough and realistic.

If you already live in your new city, let’s say due to the relocation of a spouse or significant other, your search might be a little easier.

In addition to all the things above, there are a few more things you can do more easily to get an edge in the job market:

  • Your resources for finding employment will be a little more instant than the person who’s looking over the Internet, so use that to your advantage. Check local papers and employment magazines or area trade publications daily. Respond to new jobs that are in your field, or the field you’d like to get into, quickly.
  • Ask new friends and acquaintances for information about local employers. Oftentimes, those you know might have some ideas for you that you’d never have considered on your own.

Whether you’re new to town or you’re wanting to be, finding a new job in a new city isn’t an impossible task. Use some common sense, set a game plan and be patient. If the resume is right and it’s backed up by facts, oftentimes the only thing standing between a person and a great new job is confidence and patience

by Tiffany Lewis, Kansas City Premier Apartments, Inc.

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