To Do or Not to Do: Job Searching During a Move
Let’s get real. If you have your move date secured (or even if you don’t), you probably start prepping at least three months before you actually leave your post. You have so much going on during that time between organizing your belongings to scheduling interim accommodations to car shipment to wrapping up kids’ school, not to mention all the pre-preparation for your next duty station. How can you possibly think about job searching?
First, decide if you have the time to do it prior to those three months of preparation.
Job searching is a job, so you should treat it like one when factoring in the amount of time it will
take. Ideally, you would allocate at least 20 hours a week to it.
It is very difficult to secure a job from afar whenever you are relocating; it doesn’t
matter that you are a military or foreign service spouse. You need to be clear in your
application that you are relocating to X city/country with a defined timeline. Also, are you able
to travel at your own expense (possibly) for an in-person interview? If so, make sure you state
that in a resume and/or cover letter.
Let’s Do This.
If you decide it makes sense for you, the best thing you can do in advance of a
move is to grow your network and make connections in your new location by reaching out via
email and LinkedIn. Are you interested in working at particular companies located there? Find
recruiters or managers in the departments you may be a good fit for and reach out to ask if
they’d be wiling to look at your resume. If they say yes, send it along. The majority of jobs are
secured through referrals, so the best thing you can spend your time on is building your
network. You don’t have to be best friends with someone to get a referral; sometimes all it
takes is simple back and forth email correspondence.