Although it would be ideal to have a job before you relocate to a new location, sometimes time isn’t on your side. Whether you’re relocating with your significant other, looking to start fresh, or moving for different reasons, you need a job stat. Whatever your situation might be, here are some tips on how to find an out-of-state job:

Network Early

Not knowing anyone in your field in your new location can be pretty scary. Who do you talk to and how do you start?

Fortunately, we live in a digital world where we can virtually contact almost anyone, any time. If you have questions about a certain position in your soon-to-be new location, dig around the company’s website. See if you can talk to the HR person and start building relationships by sending out an e-mail, scheduling a phone call or even a Skype session. According to this article, “finding an insider at a company to help open doors for you is always useful in a job search.” Using your professional social networks like LinkedIn is a good way to start.

Remember, the more connections you build with employers, the better chances you’ll have at landing your own job in a place you barely know.

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