Here are some tips for relocating to another city to find a new job.

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Dig Deep and See What’s Available at Home

 Too many people assume that because a city is well known for their field, they have to go there. That’s not the case.  You should first look at companies headquartered where you live, or large companies with branches in your area. You may find options in your field that you would never have considered.  In Minneapolis area where I live, there are a lot of companies headquartered.  Target and Best Buy to name a few.   Most people don’t even know that well known companies are hiring for jobs working from home.  Read my post about CenturyLink, Dell and Enterprise-rent-a-car hiring from home.

Search on is the best job search engine for the USA.  You would be surprised at how many jobs you can find locally that you qualify for.

Do a Mock Job Search from Home First

If you’re certain you won’t find work where you are, do a mock job search in the city you want to live in. It’s easy to say “there are lots of car industry jobs in Detroit,” because you assume all the car company headquarters are there. Find out for sure. Pretend like you live there and you’re looking for work.   Use or your favorite job search board.  Use, or PayScale which are useful sites that allow you to see how much those jobs actually pay when you search a job Title.

Factor In the Cost of Living in Your New City

cost of living city Looking for jobs in a new city is one thing, but making sure you can actually live comfortably is another. Check the city’s cost of living to see if you’ll be able to find a place to live, buy groceries, or pay for transportation. The Cost of Living Index compares cities directly so you can see how far your dollars will stretch. Expatistan is another helpful simple web app that we’ve mentioned before. This previously mentioned MIT calculator can help too, as can this interactive guide. Remember, just because a job in your field pays more in Denver, for example, than in Little Rock, doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to survive in Denver on that salary—even if it looks like a huge raise to someone living in Little Rock. Compare the salaries you found to the actual cost of living. That big salary won’t feel like one when you’re spending twice as much on rent and groceries. 

The Bottom Line: Find the Job, then Move

Job offer   Thanks to Alan Henry for contributing to this article.