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Whether you’re new in town and need a job, or you’re looking to relocate and want to solidify employment before you move, getting a new job in a city requires some creativity, persistence and strategies. Here are a few simple tips to get you started:

Make Your First Stop Online
Sites like can feel like a veritable black hole for your resume, but they are truly the best way to initiate a comprehensive search in a targeted geographical location quickly. Upload your resume and then sign up for alerts for jobs that fit your criteria.

Contact Your Alumni Association
Your undergraduate and graduate alumni associations can often put you in touch with select opportunities or fellow alumni willing to help you find something.

Have a Local Address
If you’re not yet living in your new city but 100% committed to moving if you find something, consider giving an address of a close friend or family member when you apply for your dream job. An out of state address could prevent your resume from being seen.

Use Local Contacts
Quite possibly, you moved (or are moving to) this city because you have friends and family members in the area. Ask them to keep their eyes and ears out for opportunities that might be right for you. Or even put your name in for a job at their place of employment!

Be Available for Interviews
In a similar way to having a local address, be available on short notice (even if you aren’t local, yet). This will show that you’re serious about the position and relocating.

Sign Up with a Local Headhunter
If you’re new to an area, getting to know the job scene can be tough and time-consuming. A local headhunter will be able to hook you up with opportunities as well as share their experience and insight along the way.