Finding a job in a new city can be an exciting adventure with more resources than ever to help you make a successful transition.
Moving to Central Arkansas from another part of the state, or from across the country, presents an array of new possibilities for your social life, community involvement, and starting, or continuing, your career. Finding a job in a new city allows you to take stock of what you want next in life, both personally and professionally. With a solid job search strategy and some insights, advice, and encouragement from a local staffing agency, promising job openings in Little Rock will appear on your radar sooner than you might think.
4 Helpful Tips for Finding a Job in a New City
Once you put together a job search strategy and contact a staffing agency in Central Arkansas, you are ready to begin searching for job openings in Little Rock. Successful job seekers use a number of strategies that involve research, online and in-person networking, and optimizing your online presence:
- Request introductions and cultivate connections: Let friends, family members, Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections, job search forum members, and other acquaintances living in Central Arkansas open doors for you and make introductions to industry contacts. Reaching out to people you know — most Arkansans are very friendly and love helping out in these situations — can help you make new connections to professionals in your industry before you move to Central Arkansas.
- Change your online geographic location online before you move: Improve your online visibility by setting your LinkedIn profile, and your resume on any job posting websites like Indeed or Monster, to your new city. This tactic helps you receive local job opening notifications that LinkedIn, and other websites, frequently provide in their news feeds. Then, once you start applying for jobs in your new city, local employers will see that you are also local and become more likely to call you in for an interview. (Some employers hire local candidates only, so having an out-of-state address could hurt your chances of getting a job.)
- Let technology bridge the distance: Employers generally understand the logistical challenges you face when finding a job in a new city, so they tend to welcome the use of technology in the interview process for the right job candidate. Brush yourself up on how to send professional emails and create easy-to-edit email templates that you can use when sending out your resume or asking for a reference. Then, when the time comes, leap at the chance to do a phone interview. If your potential employer would like to do a video interview, ask them whether they use Skype, Zoom, or another video conferencing platform so you can register and learn how to use it before the day of the interview.
- Take trips to your new location: You will undoubtedly be busy preparing for your move, but your physical presence can make a huge difference when trying to land a job in your field. Consider it an investment in your new life, and in your peace of mind, when you travel to check out potential employers and job openings in Little Rock. Try to meet up with professionals in your field you have connected with online or through other professional channels during your visits. It will make a strong impression on hiring managers, who will appreciate your motivation and commitment.
Get yourself fully prepared for that next interview by downloading Apex Staffing’s Interview Prep Guide.
If you are preparing for a move to Central Arkansas, contact Apex Staffing for help finding job openings in Little Rock at 501-801-7626. We strive to be a different kind of staffing firm – building professional relationships while helping you discover your perfect role.