Moving to a new town, state, or country can be both terribly exciting and incredibly terrifying. Finding a new place to live, making new friends, settling in to new hobbies – it’s a great upheaval. The greatest change to your life, however, will likely be finding a new job (assuming, of course, that you haven’t relocated for a new job).
Finding a new job can be difficult in the best of times, but when you have the pressure and added expenses around you creating the feeling there’s a ticking clock involved? It isn’t fun.
Luckily, there’s no need to panic. In this blog, we explore various simple ways for you to secure a new job after moving, including networking, graduate work, and recognition of prior learning.
Ever heard the saying, ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’? While it is of course important to be as proficient as possible in what you do as a career, it is true that opportunities do not always present themselves by conventional routes, and can increase with the more people that you know. That is why networking is so important. If you have friends, family or former colleagues in your new location, reach out to them and ask if they know of any job openings. But don’t stop there. Get creative. Speak with alumni from your school, former employers, be as professionally social as possible to branch out and accumulate as many potential sources of employment as possible. It may feel like you are using these people, but in the process you can potentially make some lasting friendships, and later be placed in a position where you can help them out in turn. You can never have too many friends, after all.
Take Advantage of Being a Recent Graduate.
If you have only just graduated from high school or tertiary education, it is likely you will be overwhelmed by the pressure to find your first job. Add moving to a new location, away from the support you have had for most of your life, and that pressure rises exponentially.
Firstly, take a breath. Next, refine your job searches by looking carefully at their descriptions, and see how the experiences you have accumulated thus far can be applied. It is important to show your commitment, and prove that you are worth hiring. If you struggle, it might be prudent to find some part-time work where you can make ends meet whilst you also intern, volunteer or take part in other activities to garner more experience.
Live on Job Sites.
For all its flaws, the internet is a wonderful place to learn of new career opportunities. Companies from across the world will post their job listings on a myriad of sites, rather than wasting their resources on more traditional avenues, such as newspapers and magazines. This can benefit someone moving to a new location, as you can cover a greater geographical distance from the comfort of your own home. The process can be streamlined even further with helpful functions, in which you can refine search lists based on postcodes and regions, as well as industries, pay ranges, and so forth.
Recognition of Prior Learning.
Moving is exhausting work, and it can leave you without much free time or finances. If you have already moved and realise you need further qualifications to enter into the job you want, you might start to fret, as courses generally take significant periods of time, not to mention prove costly. Fortunately, a service exist in which you can use the experience you have gathered in other areas of your life, and use them as credit against new qualifications. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning, and it can help you save time and money, improve your career prospects, avoid repeating the same training, and so much more. Find more information about Recognition of Prior Learning today to see how it can change you career trajectory for the better.