The hunt for a new job is stressful enough. Add in the pressure of moving to a new location and you could be looking at a nervous breakdown.
But if you’re looking to transition to a new position, find better opportunities, or change your scenery, relocating could be a good choice.
Here are some tips for your remote job search to help you find the right job in the right city.
Where to look
Look for areas where the IT industry is booming and you’ll be more likely to find a position.
According to a recent analysis from CRN, Virginia is the best state for IT job seekers. IT workers make up 3.3 percent of the workforce and was also ranked the best state to start a solution provider business.
Virginia is also located in the mid atlantic region of the U.S., the top-paying market for health IT workers. Our salary survey found that health IT workers in the mid atlantic region of the country brought home an average annual salary of $105,923.49.
California is another promising location for health IT job seekers. San Jose was rated one of the top 10 metros to find a job in Q2. Information technology and healthcare and medical were the top two industries to create jobs, and software engineers, java developers, and project managers were are the top positions employers need to fill. California is also located in the second highest paying region for health IT workers. Professionals in this area earn an average salary of $99,040.08.
Mississippi may be the worst state to look for IT opportunities. IT workers account for just 0.7 percent of the workforce, and the state is located in the second lowest paying region.
What to look for
Industry trends and salary range are only part of the location equation. Before you relocate, make sure you would be happy living in a new city.
When considering a new city, research the area to get a sense of what it would be like to live there. What is the cost of living? In addition to rent and utilities, consider other expenses like taxes and transportation. Do you want to live in an urban or suburban area? What activities does the area offer? What is the weather like?
After finding positions in promising markets, these questions can help you narrow down which locations you would move to and which positions you would relocate for.
How to get the job
Once you’ve found a position in a city you would relocate to, how do you land the job? Hiring workers who would need to relocate is a risky move. You won’t be able to come in tomorrow for an interview and you probably won’t be able to start as soon as a local candidate. Landing a long-distance position will be a challenge.
Getting a job in a new location will come down to relationships. Now is the time to ask your network for help. Reach out to anyone and everyone who could help you land the position. Take advantage of your connections contacts, family connections, and your alumni network.
Once you get an in, sharpen your phone and video interviewing skills. Just like an in-person interview, do your research and prepare. Take care of any technology issues before the interview to limit interruptions.