Start online by reaching out to professional contacts and building a robust network of “virtual” connections.
Through this, you will have access to many professional connections which will not only let you expand your network, but provide for opportunities to solicit recommendations, be introduced to a key decision maker at a target employer, or simply perform competitive and market research on employers and potential candidates.
Taking your networking offline is also important. Search for a local job search support group — many cities have several options to support local candidates — and attend one of their meetings.
I often meet newly relocated candidates when presenting to these groups, and this will be a great way for you to be introduced to the ins and outs of the local job market.
Attend an industry association meeting to network with professionals in your field. Many associations hold free monthly meetings or networking sessions open to nonmembers; check out the local chapter websites for information.
You could also volunteer in the community to meet other service-minded peers, providing for an opportunity to open dialogues with like-minded individuals. And, of course, you could tap into your wife’s new network she has gained since relocating and starting her new job.
Even though the process of relocating to a new city and starting a job search can be overwhelming, think about building your network as a way to solicit assistance and support.
While you are seeking out others to help you, remember that you can also help them based on who you know and where you came from.
Networking is a two-way street where you have the opportunity to help others, just as they have the opportunity to help you, making it such a vital and value-added part of any search.