How to find a new job in a new city

When you relocate, you want to feel reassured that your new job will still be invaluable to your career path. Here are my tips on getting recruited when you’re moving to an unfamiliar city.

However you feel about moving to a new city – excited, daunted, apprehensive or even simply a bit stressed – there’s always a lot to think about. Whether you’re relocating to be near family, to move with your partner or to see a new part of the world, you’ll still have to be considering the basics. What are the property prices like? Do you want to live in a nearby town or village, or do you want to be at the heart of the city? And, of course, will you be able to find a new job?

I’ve put together a few tips to help make your relocation a little smoother, and to help you find a job that’s perfect for you:


  1. Check out the commute on Google Maps

Before you start looking for a job, consider how far you’ll be willing to commute every day. Start by searching on Google Maps for the place that you’re relocating to. From there, zoom out and pick out a selection of the nearby towns and cities, then calculate the route and get an estimated journey time.

Alternatively, you may be looking to cycle or walk to work. In this case, zoom in and choose the journey time based on walking or cycling. You can even calculate how long it may take you via public transport!

The additional bonus of using Google Maps is that you’ll be able to check the journey time with and without traffic – so make sure you check during rush hour too.


  1. Find a recruitment agency with great local knowledge

Check where the recruitment agency are based and try to gauge how well connected they are with the local business community.

Look for some case studies to help you get a feel for the type of recruitment solutions they offer. You’ll want to find a recruitment agency that you feel comfortable with, so you can pick up the phone and talk through your ambitions. Make the most of their local knowledge too, so ask about the business community and the sector you’re interested in.


  1. Meet new people – and not just by networking!

One of the great things about moving to a new city is meeting new people. I’ve read so many articles that suggest you get networking, which is all well and good, but being a bit more relaxed about making new connections can work wonders too.

If going to the pub is your thing, then head to your new local. If you’re a fitness enthusiast, take the chance to sign up to some new classes. There are plenty of ways to meet new people and sometimes, when you’re not actively looking, it will be when you find a great business connection.


  1. Be clear in your CV that you’re looking to relocate

This is one of the biggest bugbears for recruitment agencies when sourcing candidates for a new role – is the candidate looking to relocate and they’ve forgotten to mention it, or have they not realised that the job is beyond a reasonable commuting distance?

Whether you mention it in your cover letter, or at the top of you CV, be clear that you’re looking to relocate. It will make it much easier for the recruiter to recognise that you’re genuinely interested in the role!


  1. Ask professional bodies for some advice

Are you a member of a professional body? If you are, you may be able to ask for some advice on companies near your relocation spot.


  1. Add social media to your job seekers toolkit

Okay, so LinkedIn is an obvious starting place but you may be surprised at just how useful it can be during your job hunt in a new city. By filtering through jobs and companies by city you’ll be able to get an idea of what’s available.

Remember to check your current connections too! You may be surprised to find out that an old colleague previously worked close to where moving to.

As always, when you start your job hunt – double check you social media profiles! Remove anything unprofessional.

  1. Consider temping

Temping is a fantastic way to get a real understanding of the local business community. The REC recently reported that eight out of 10 employers use temps to access strategic skills – so temping can get you some invaluable experience and it could benefit your relocation too.

By temping have the opportunity to make some new connections, gain experience in the local area and build a relationship with a recruitment agency.

Plus recruitment for temping tends to happen much faster – making it ideal if you’re looking to start earning as soon as you move. Then as you complete your time temping, you’ll have the opportunity to start searching for a more permanent position.


To prove that is really is possible to find a job that boosts your career and fits your ambitions, all whilst relocating, take a look at our recent case study with a candidate looking to move to the UK from New Zealand.

Are you looking to relocate? If you are, what are you biggest concerns when looking for a new job too? We’d love to hear your thoughts – and hopefully we’ll be able to offer a little advice too!


Manchester from the Sky, 2008 CC BY 2.0, Daniel Nisbet from Manchester, United Kingdom. Original image cropped.

About the Author

Emma Plummer

Emma Plummer

Recruitment Partner

Emma blogs for the ACR jobseekers’ blog covering tips on how to stand out, managing the job-hunting process and more.