Nothing To Lose

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!

The playing field is a competitive one and that’s why you shouldn’t limit yourself. Here are some tips for taking the leap of faith by applying for a job out of state.

  1. 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!
  1. 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.
  1. 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

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5 Responses to Nothing To Lose

  1. Rachel says:

    Wow! That is so cool that you just got up and left! That is awesome that you are willing to take an adventure outside your comfort zone. I totally agree with this post. I am applying for jobs all over the country right now and it is scary and daunting. But the abilitiy to relocate anywhere is huge! Thanks -Rachel Davidson

  2. pdxsx says:

    Have fun in Colorado! Looking forward to hearing about your adventure! Say hi to Ayni for me too!

  3. robbydavis23 says:

    I couldn’t agree more that networking is essential to landing a job. One thing this entire experience has taught me is how important it is to just say, “hello, my name is….” to everyone you meet. The more you get your name out there the greater chance you have of somebody sticking their neck out there for you when you apply for a job.

  4. jbrosy says:

    Nikki, that’s incredible! I commend you for being such a go-getter and really putting yourself out there. I too am born and raised in Portland and it’s daunting figuring out what I want for my future. Especially if it involves moving out of state. I hope you’re having lots of fun in Denver and are learning a lot from your informational interviews! Great post, Nikki.

  5. Being born in Eugene and living in Beaverton since I was five, Oregon is definitely a place where I want to live and raise a family (one day). But lately, I have been considering experiencing a new culture/way of life for a little bit while I am young and still can. It is a daunting task but that is how we grow. It will be interesting to see where we all end up in the next five years or so. Have fun in Denver!

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