Are you in a relationship where your partner or spouse’s job always has you on the move? It’s easy to get frustrated and feel like your career is going to remain at a standstill or go downhill if you have to continuously hop from one locale to another.
There’s no question that this is a hurdle and a challenge (likely one of your biggest) in building and maintaining your career, but it doesn’t mean you can’t take the reigns and do some proactive planning to ease the strain. Read on for a few tips and guidelines on where to start.
Update your resume: Upon getting confirmation of your impending move, immediately update your resume and post it on sites such as www.monster.com and www.careerbuilder.com. Set alerts for job titles and descriptions to be sent to you via a daily e-mail. In addition, ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up to date and request endorsements or feedback on your skills from those you’ve built strong working relationships with. As a bonus, through an expansive networking site like LinkedIn, you (or someone you know) are bound to come across a connection to someone in your new city who can get your resume moving through the right hands, even before you actually pack up and move.
Do your research. Use Google to search for businesses and companies in your new city and surrounding area which may offer positions that align with your skill set or area of expertise. Although they may not have any positions available, send an e-mail asking for an informational interview with a department head or firm owner to explain your situation and that you’re wondering if you could take ten minutes of their time to learn about their personal experience with the area, the job market, how they established their position in this particular city, etc. Always end those conversations by asking if they can think of anyone else you should talk to who may be able to point you in the right direction or assist with finding a job.
Set a budget. If you’ll need to fly or commute back and forth for interviews in the time period before your move, adjust your spending and begin to put some extra money aside to support these expenses without adding further stress to the situation.
Consider going remote. Moving can be a stressful situation and it may not be easy to land a new position right away. Prior to moving, evaluate your current position and ask yourself if it would be possible to work remotely. If so, approach your employer to discuss some type of arrangement that would allow you to take your position to a full-time remote option or perhaps allowing you to take a contractor or reduced-time role to perform a portion or subset of your duties from your new home. This may not give you the level of income that you’re looking for, but it can give you a buffer as you get settled and consider your options for new opportunities.
Don’t stop learning. Many people today consider themselves life-long learners. If you’re struggling to find a job in a particular field, don’t be afraid to look into other opportunities where your skills may apply. In addition, seek out ways to enhance your skills and knowledge base through education (in person or online), volunteering or job shadowing.