In a two-income household, your spouse's need to relocate will have a direct impact on your career. To help make the effect a positive one, don't wait for the move to begin exploring your own career options in the new location. Get your resume up-to-date if it isn't already, and start pounding the virtual pavement to see what opportunities might exist in your field.
Assess Your Options
Consider your current work situation before you start a job search. If you're already employed and you like your existing job situation, investigate whether you could continue working virtually in your present position. Working virtually typically means having computer access to company networks along with communication and collaboration tools from an off-site location. If you are a valued contributor, your manager might consider offering you the opportunity to work virtually from your new location rather than losing you entirely.
When looking for a job in a new city, optimize your search by using the Internet. Find out what companies operate in the new location or within a realistic driving distance, and then explore company websites to see if they list current job openings. Another Internet option is to conduct a search through job posting boards that list opportunities across all industries, such as Monster.com, or through niche boards specific to your own industry.
Take advantage of career networking services and job posting boards offered by professional organizations. Professional organizations exist in nearly every field. Some examples include the American Society for Quality, the Association of Information Technology Professionals and the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity. If you're not already a member, explore your options based on recommendations from other professionals, certificates you've obtained or Internet searches. Once you're a member, become active by attending meetings and conferences and joining in forum discussions. Your professional network just might come through by revealing an opportunity not posted on any publicly searchable job board.
As you use the Internet for job searches, take notice of professional search firms that regularly work with companies looking for people with your credentials or background. Contact some of these recruiters directly, even if they aren't advertising a position that meets your exact needs. Don't just send your resume. Invest time in connecting with each recruiter directly, preferably over the phone. Making this connection provides you with the opportunity to become more than a name in a database. If a position later comes up for which you appear to be a fit, the recruiter might contact you before anyone else even knows about it.
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