With a slow job recovery job seekers have had to consider moving to secure employment. In a tight job market you need to go to where the jobs are. If you are able to relocate you need to consider widening your job search on a national scale.
Economic recovery is stronger in some areas than where you live. The Illinois unemployment rate remains one of the highest in the nation. The reality is that are more jobs available in other cities. Chicago has become an expensive place to live with high rents, increasing real estate taxes and record breaking gas prices.
Maybe it is time for a change.
Here are some tips on looking for a job out of the Chicago area:
1.) Look for the cities with the lowest unemployment numbers. Many of these are in isolated area, but some are in towns you may want to live.
2.) Identify cities that you like and relate to. Though you may need a job, your quality of life counts, too! You need to look at what the lifestyle is in these cities you may consider relocating to. Check out what the housing market is, weather, schools (if you have children), and the cost to travel out of the city to visit relatives, who may still reside in your home town.
3.) Once you identify a 6-8 cities you would consider moving to check out how strong these cities are in having companies in the field you work. Target companies in these towns that you would be interested in working at.
4.) Apply at these companies by contacting the HR department directly. Tell them that you are considering a move to this area and ask if they pay for relocation. Chances are, unless you are at the higher level position, they do not.
5.) If you rent an apartment, sign a short-term lease with the ability to sublet. If you get a job elsewhere, sublet to a friend to cover most, if not all of your costs. Apartment rentals are “hot” right now; you should be able to sublet with no problem.
6.) If you own a condo, consider renting it and listing it with a broker. You should be able to break even based on the demand for rentals. Don’t sell your condo until you know for sure you want to live out of state.
7.) Make sure to state both on your résumé and on on-line application that you are willing to relocate. You will have a better chance of getting in for an interview since companies hire for many cities at once.
Most of all, keep an open mind for relocating for a new position. There are many wonderful places to live in the U.S. Perhaps, it is time for a change to rejuvenate your career and your spirit!