How to conduct out-of-state job searches

August 6, 2014

Looking for a job can be a daunting task, and many people checking out agency jobs are finding that looking outside of their home states is full of possibilities. The Indeed Hiring Lab showed that almost 28 percent of Americans are actively seeking work in another state.

Foreign job seekers target the United States
According to the study, more than nine percent of all worldwide job searchers are looking outside their own countries with more than 50 percent of those candidates looking for work in the U.S. The U.S., United Kingdom and Canada are the leaders when it comes to foreigners seeking jobs. India also is showing considerable international job growth, as well. Some interesting numbers about state-side job seekers surfaced in the report, too.

How degreed candidates are searching for work
For workers with bachelor's degrees, according to the study, staying at home for work is not sitting well. The Indeed survey discovered that of the highest state populations of job candidates holding bachelor's degrees, there are more residents looking to other states for jobs.

A Parade Magazine article outlined some tips for job seekers looking to go out-of-state for their next big position. The story suggested that a couple of reconnoitering missions to check out the community and a lists of targeted employers are a good way to get started. Going to industry conferences is a way to network with employees from targeted communities to find out about the way of life where you're thinking of moving. Standing out among local talent is a surefire way to attract hiring managers to your side, and the article said to be ready to make your pitch in a clear and concise manner. 

The importance of networking
Another way to become familiar with other communities is to join industry and social networks. For example, if you're looking for computer jobs in Iowa, join some IT chat rooms in that region of the country, and get to know how people feel about the industry. You can also find out what wages are like in comparison to other communities and what the cost of living is in your targeted community. Moving blindly into a community and not knowing the lay of the land can be disruptive to you and your family and could have disastrous results in a short period of time. Researching and preparing for relocation can help a job candidate immensely in his or her quest for that ultimate job in a new state.