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Moving Tips: Finding a new job

Looking for job opportunities in newspapers is one option when moving to the new area.

Looking for job opportunities in newspapers is one option when moving to the new area.

When you move to a new area and don't have full-time employment, it may be a good idea to spend a significant amount of your time trying to get yourself back on your feet. The packing process can be difficult and time consuming, so if you were unable to secure a job before the move, taking care of this as soon after your moving company arrives may be for the best.

Once you are in your new home and settled, checking out the local job market is ideal. There are many ways to do this, and you should try and familiarize yourself with the hiring landscape first. There are always listings available online and you may also want to check the local newspapers for want-ads. This could help you get your name out there, which can increase your chances of a quick hire.

It may be a good plan to utilize networking through your former places of employment and even your college friends. You never know who may be in the area, or knows someone around who can give you a lead on a job opportunity. Don't be afraid to contact someone who you haven't spoken to in a while, as it could help your situation significantly.

Seek out options in the interim
If you are having problems finding a job initially, it may be a good idea to consider a part-time job in the short-term. Whether it is freelancing, working in an industry you are qualified to do or something you are familiar with enough to work, this could help make your situation better. Additionally, it could help ensure you have a flow of cash to pay bills until you get a job more in-line with what you want to do.

You may also want to ask friends for advice in the local job market. If there are friends or family members in the area, or ones that are familiar with the area's job market, don't be afraid to ask for help. While you may not be able to find anything at the moment, someone else may be able to make the situation better. Remember, your friends want you to be successful, so getting a helping hand doesn't have to be a bad thing.