I would like to move to Asheville, North Carolina and I'm wondering if anyone has some helpful tips on how to get a job there before you move. It seems a little difficult to go on interviews from another state.
Charla from Baton Rouge, LA
It's a real problem. My son wanted to move from Charlotte, NC to Richmond, VA and couldn't get any interviews until he had moved here. The employers won't pay moving costs anymore, so they won't interview you. You have to use a friend's address and pretend you have already moved in order to get in the door even, sad but true unless you are an executive at a level they will pay moving costs. Jobs are few and far between now, employers can be very choosey. Good luck. Jill
If your skills are in demand, you can go to any number of head-hunting web sites. If not, call the Chamber of Commerce of where you are moving and ask for several things:
The name of their largest newspaper, the most needed occupations there, and the names of several ESTABLISHED EMPLOYMENT COMPANIES/NUMBERS.
Then go to their website and look for employment opportunities. They don't really care where you are moving from as long as you can interview FIRST, so you will HAVE to go for interviews you could schedule all on the same two-three days, and take a bus there, sleeping both ways, saving some motel costs. Pack your canned, packaged and prepared foods and a pan w/electric hot-plate/iron to heat them in.
I have taken a wide variety of sale baby foods, crackers/peanut butter/jelly sandwiches for myself on short travels, along with fruit, boiled eggs and pop tarts for breakfasts, as well as packaged coffee/tea/kool-aid, tiny lemon/creamer/salt/peppers packets, plastic ware and cups/plates/bowls. It takes about 1 med. suitcase and is MUCH better than eating dollar burgers out all of the time. You can get a motel IN nearest to any interview locations/bus stop, for a night or two and get all the ice you need for your drinks.
I can see no other way to assure yourself of a job withOUT an interview or TWO with the same prospective employer, because there is great competition. I also would NOT recommend lying about where you live. It's o.k. to bring letters of recommendation from former employers (no personal references are considered ).
While there, gets all their local newspapers/ free maps from RE offices and Chamber of Commerce, using the buses. Network with every human you contact, beginning with the bus ride there. Take a good note pad/two pens. Take/keep GOOD dated notes/names/phone numbers. Take gluestick/scissors or clipit to cut out employment news ads. Carry ONLY a nice fold-over covered legal pad/pen and small handbag to all interviews. Look
interviewers straight in the eyes during the entire
conversation. If you must look away somewhere to think about a question, look directly over their head or at the ceiling, because they think they can "read"
body language, even though are often in error by doing it.
Remember to dress "business casual"
with better shoes/jewelry, watch and clear nail polish on well groomed hands/nail. Have a well groomed appearance from head to toe. This, a good resume',
a friendly and confident (not over-confident) well-rested appearance will help a LOT.
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