Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon via Compfight cc

Finding work can be frustrating when you’re relocating to a new place; you sacrifice stability, connections, and familiarity of the area you’ve been residing in when looking to move, but the unemployment rate is improving and the job market isn’t near as bad as it once was. It takes some patience, optimism, and above all else, a willingness to take what you can at first, and fortunately, there are many steps you can take to improve your job search both before and after you arrive at your new destination.

Gather a Variety of References

Instead of just focusing on getting references from the field you’re most interested in pursuing in Tasmania, try and gather as many diverse ones as possible. Naturally, it makes sense to want to go after a job that will help push you in the direction you want your career to go, but there is no guarantee that there will be an available opportunity as soon as you get there. You might have to get a temporary job while you’re searching for something better, and the more people you have to vouch for your skills in different areas, the more likely you are to find work quickly.

Apply for Positions a Few Weeks in Advance

There is no reason to wait to apply for positions when there are so many online job postings; apply for as many as you can before you pack up the moving truck and hit the road. There are numerous sites that post jobs daily and are constantly being updated when a new employment opportunity comes up. Keep your eyes out and act immediately; the early bird does get the worm, and the faster you jump on a posting, the more likely you are to get a response back.

Research the Area

Whether you’re relocating to Tasmania from another part of Australia, or if you’re moving internationally, it’s important to know what the job market is like. This changes all the time, but constantly be researching what seems to be the easiest industry to get into. If you don’t have much experience in that area, try to build the minimum required skills if you have time before your move to do so.

Make Connections

Call any previous employers, volunteer directors, or teachers who you’ve had a solid relationship with, and ask if they have any contacts in Tasmania who might be willing to help you out. A recommendation can carry a lot of weight, and it might help you line up a job opportunity before you even arrive in your new location.

If you don’t have any contacts to work with beforehand, try your hardest to network with people as soon as you settle down in Tasmania. Go door to door and ask for applications, visit the employment centre, and mingle with the locals. You’re bound to cross paths with someone who knows a place that’s hiring, and reaching out to others is very important when seeking employment.

Follow Up

The most important thing to do after you’ve applied for a job opportunity is to follow up with the company after about a week. Call and ask if they’ve had time to look over your resume or if they were able to receive your application; seeing that you’re actively reaching out will impress them more than passively waiting for a reply will. Employers like their workers to be aggressive in going after what they want, and showing them that you’re eager to hear back might help move your resume up to the top of the pile.

Gathering references, applying in advance, knowing the area, making connections, and following up on any possible job opportunities will make your transition to Tasmania much easier to adjust to. It might seem like you hit a few dead ends at first, but staying open-minded and persistent will help open up more possibilities to make your new home a wonderful place to be.

This is a guest post written by Arlene Chandler. Arlene is a freelance writer who loves helping people prepare for life’s unexpected turns. She has also written about income protection insurance for Suncorp.