Portland, Oregon is a great city, (don’t get me wrong) but it makes me wonder: what else is out there? Born and raised in the city of roses, I’ve been lucky to call this place my home for the past 22 years. Granted, for the past four years I’ve been spending the majority of my time in Eugene; however, my true home has always been a comfortable two-hour drive away.
Like every graduate (or almost graduate) should, I’ve been exploring my career opportunities throughout the job search. Let me take a minute to say just how discouraging the job search can be. We’re lucky if we even get a response from our prospective employers!
- Network, network, network: We’ve all heard this advice a million times, but networking is imperative to landing a job in your dream city. Whenever I apply for a job (regardless of where), I contact at least one person working for the company on LinkedIn. By making a personal connection before submitting your application, the odds of you landing an interview are much higher. Share your story with anyone who is willing to listen!
- Know yourself: I’m an Oregon girl, born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and I know I wouldn’t be happy living in a go, go, go environment like New York City. I have nothing against NYC, but this girl probably wouldn’t thrive in a highly competitive (and expensive) culture.
- Plan a trip: Once you know where you want to seek employment you should go visit! But before you go, make sure you’ve done your homework. I’ve had my eyes set on Denver, CO for quite some time now; before I booked my flight, I contacted multiple people working for PR agencies in the area. By the time I arrived, I already had multiple informational interviews set up.
If you put yourself out there you’re much more likely to land your dream job out of state. I’m actually in Denver right now and have enjoyed every second of it! Even if I can’t make the move immediately after graduation, I’m excited about the potential move in the near future.
~ Nikki Maroney