Distance Job Searching
- Establish your goal (why are you moving?)
- Get information about the new location
- Prepare to contact individuals
- Plan your first visit
- Follow up with contacts
- Employ your network!
- List your permanent or local address on your resume if possible.
- Identify your top industries/job functions. Create a target list of 20 companies.
- Avoid speaking to the “gate-keeper” if possible. Call at 7:30 AM, noon, or 5:30 PM to get in touch with the hiring manager directly.
- Plan to visit your new location twice. Once for research/informational interviews, and once for job/internship interviews.
- Research the area before making a commitment to move. Learn the cost of living, salary data, length of commute, etc…
- Contact companies directly. Visit websites, make phone calls, and set appointments for a visit.
- Seek out local professional associations and get involved.
- Read local newspapers for information about the local economy and job opportunities.
- Plan in advance. A typical long distance job search can take more than 9 months.
- Use the SMU Alumni Career Network (access after you apply for graduation).
- Use regional contact information from the SMU alumni network. All students have access to this information. See www.smu.edu/alumni/connected/regional_programs.asp
- Stay in touch with all the individuals you meet.