That said, there are ways to get ready to relocate and to have a job waiting for you when you arrive.
Use the local job sites as well as the national job databases to find job listings in the area where you want to relocate to.
Get More Local
Do you have a relative, friend or acquaintance that you can stay with in the new location while interviewing? If so, consider using that address on your resume and your cover letters. Your job search correspondence is more likely to get a second glance if you're in town instead of hundreds of miles away. If that won't work, mention in your cover letter that you are planning to relocate and will be available to interview at the employer's convenience.
Use Your Network
Are you a college graduate? Check to see if your college or university has a Career Network of alumni you can network with. Alumni can help with more than just your job search. They may be able to give you advice on housing, transportation, entertainment and everything else you will need to know about your new community. If you belong to a professional association, contact the local chapter and network with the members.
Research, Research, Research
Use tools like salary calculators and cost of living calculators to determine whether you new salary will pay the bills in the local area where you want to work:
- Salary Calculators- Salary Calculators will give you average pay for a specific position in a specific location.
- Cost of Living Calculators will tell you how far your current salary will go in a new city and/or will compare the cost of living between two different cities.
Pack Your Bags
This one is a tough one, but, it is true that it is easier to find a job when you're in the city or town where you want to work. It's definitely a leap to move to a new community without a job, but, if you have a place to stay or can get temporary work while you look for a full time job it may be feasible.
Actually, this should say don't have great expectations. Don't expect an employer (unless it's for that hard to fill or high level executive position) to pay your moving and other relocation expenses. It's probably not going to happen unless you are much more qualified than the local candidates and they absolutely have to have you.
Unemployment benefits may be available if you are relocating because your spouse has a new job in a new city. Check with the unemployment offices in both your current state and your new state to determine what, if any, benefits you are eligible for.
When you really want to move sooner rather than later, be open minded and flexible about the jobs you are willing to take. Again, it's easier to find a local job when you are there, so, you may want to broaden your options to make the move.