The job search doesn’t just require networking, social media, and a polished resume – it also may require a significant change of location. Job searching in another city is challenging but often can produce bigger and better results.
The job market is not the same for every city. While some cities are a hub for a particular field, some have double the nation’s unemployment for all jobs. Both factors of a city’s job market should be taken into account when relocating.
Though there might be other aspects that draw you to a particular place, a weak economy means little opportunities and chance of growth for your career. A study by Brookings Institution showed that areas with a large education gap – meaning a shortage of educated job seekers relative to employer demand – have the higher unemployment rates. With so many college-educated job seekers on the prowl, some areas simply don’t offer the high-skilled positions they want.
With summer drawing near, you may already have a list of places in mind for your job search. An article by AdvisorOne lists ten cities that offer little for educated job seekers. Here is the list below:
10. Chattanooga, Tenn.-Ga.
9. Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
8. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pa.
7. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.
5. Fresno, Calif.
4. Modesto, Calif.
3. Bakersfield-Delano, Calif.
2. El Paso, Texas
1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
Remember that some cities may offer jobs – just not the ones put your degree or professional experience into use. That doesn’t mean however that you can’t make your skills useful: volunteering in non-profits, startups, or even choosing a virtual position can keep you sharp and employed, even when the job market is struggling in your area. It’s about adapting yourself and knowing where you’re needed.
What do you think? What do you think to consider when relocating for a job?