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3) Look smart and avoid the competition
Hunting for jobs is like hunting for deer or ducks: The less competition you have for quarry, the better your odds of bagging one.
That’s how Katie B. was hired for a job in San Francisco after graduating from college and still living in New York state.
While other candidates searched for jobs on the usual web sites, Katie found hers advertised in PR Week magazine, an industry trade journal. She had less competition for the job opening this way and “My employer was impressed that a college student was reading that magazine” she says.
After her initial phone interview, Katie sent the hiring manager a thank-you email expressing strong interest in the position. “I offered to come out to San Francisco for a second interview, but they paid for my travel,” she says.
Katie was hired shortly thereafter.
Questions: Do you know all the trade journals and magazines for your profession? Have you searched their print and online editions for job postings? If not, you may be missing out on a happy hunting ground with less competition for jobs -- even those out of state.
4) Find local allies
A final way to find jobs long-distance is to make personal connections where you want to work.
“I don’t care how much technology there is, one thing hasn’t changed: People still do the hiring,” advises author and career consultant, Andrea Kay. So you need to meet people -- the more influential and well-connected, the better -- in your destination city.
That’s what ultimately helped Jeff Esposito get hired.
“I was approached by a recruiter near Boston who understood my situation and who made the initial interviews over the phone. After the second call, they asked me in for an in-person interview, which eventually led to the management job I now have,” he says.
Questions: Who do you know in your target city? Who should you know? How can you bridge the gap between those two lists? Ask the people in your network, as well as on web sites like LinkedIn, MySpace and Facebook, to get introductions.
Now go out and make your own luck!