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The Geographically Limited Job Search

The Geographically Limited Job Search

Peter Vogt / Monster

Job hunting becomes harder than usual when you have to confine your search geographically. But you can find a job under such constraints with the right strategy.

Start Sooner Rather Than Later, Especially If You’re Moving

After graduating from Brown University in 2004, Stephanie Harris looked for a job long distance for about four months, “doing interviews over the phone and squeezing them in during one trip out to California to visit my fiance.” She used Monster Job Search Agents to monitor listings for publishing positions in Orange County, California, a strategy that resulted in a few solid nibbles but no offers.

Still, by the time she moved early that August, she already had a pretty good sense of the types of publishing companies and jobs there. So in November, when she saw a Monster job ad from Entrepreneur Media, she suspected the position and organization would be a good fit.

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“The job description just happened to match perfectly with my duties at an internship the previous summer, and so I applied online,” says Harris. “I got the job [marketing associate for Entrepreneur Press, the company’s book publishing division], and I’m very happy with it.”

Tap Local Job Search Resources

Many communities offer some job search resources. For starters, every state has a government department devoted to labor and workforce issues. Most of these agencies offer Web sites that list local job opportunities. You can also search by location on both MonsterTRAK and using Monster.

But don’t just search on the Web, stresses Liz Ryan, CEO of WorldWIT, a free online network for professional women in business and technology.

“Find all the local job search resources you can,” says Ryan. For example, “purchase a copy of [your target city’s local business publication’s] annual ‘Top Local Employers’ list. This list is invaluable for learning a lot about the top employers in your city.”