5 Great Cities to Find a Job

If you’re growing tired of your job or just want to change the scenery or your lifestyle, you might be willing to consider moving. Sometimes, it’s good to get out of your comfort zone.

Although moving to a new city can be scary, it can also be profitable, exciting, and have profoundly positive effects on your life.

No matter which direction you want to head, there’s likely an exciting city where you can move to find a new job:

1. Austin, Texas. This city has experienced growth and a low unemployment rate. Why? Because big money technology corporations like Dell and IBM have located their headquarters there. A huge selection of universities and colleges are in and around Austin, so you could also find a variety of jobs within those vast educational settings.

* And with the large number of live musicians settling in Austin, it’s rapidly becoming known as another “Music Capital.” If you have a yearning to work in the live music industry, you might find your niche in Austin.

* The cost of living is quite reasonable: according to Forbes, you can rent a two-bedroom apartment for $968.

2. Charlotte, North Carolina. Because Charlotte is in the process of improving its infrastructure, you can get a job working in the transportation, building, or housing industry. The climate is mild and you’ll have fewer traffic snares here than in other cities, simply because of its smaller population.

* With a two-bedroom apartment costing just $790 per month, maybe it’s time you moved to Charlotte.

3. Denver, Colorado. Because of its location near the Rocky Mountains, Denver’s energy-based businesses and industries are thriving and growing. Also, telecommunications are a big deal here. Moving to Denver can also be quite the spiritual experience, given the awesome physical landscape of the surrounding areas.

* The median rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $931.00. For a big city with all the entertainment and shopping Denver has to offer, that’s not too shabby.

4. Seattle, Washington. Looking for cooler weather and endeavor to go to a far corner of the United States? Seattle may fit the bill for you. If biotechnology or engineering are your areas of expertise, chances are you’ll find work in Seattle. Jobs in the aerospace, clean energy and defense industries are popping in this northwestern city.

* With the presence of five universities within the city’s limits, you can also find jobs as teachers, professors, secretaries, office assistants, food service staff, and several other professions.

* Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,417.

5. Washington, DC. This big city beckons with its rich history, variety of culturally-interesting eateries, great shopping, and incredible museums. What’s not to like about Washington, DC? With literally thousands of jobs working for the federal government, Washington, DC offers a high median yearly income of over $90,000.

* Tourism and education are also booming fields in DC.

* DC was named by Forbes as one of the top most “wired” cities in the U.S. and one of the best places for singles to live.

If you’ve been feeling restless or seeking a job for far too long, maybe it’s time to seriously consider a move to one of these incredible cities. Whether you want to go north, south, east, or west, any of these 5 cities offer great promise in terms of choices for steady employment.

How to Use Social Media to Find Your Next Job

Social media is all the rage. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and more seem to be everywhere. In social media like these, we get constant updates about the relevant and not-so-relevant aspects of everyone’s lives. Here, we’ll consider a practical application of social media: finding your next job.

Social media gives you great tools for sharing information electronically with a potentially very large audience.

Trategies to help you land a great job

1. Focus your attention on people instead of companies. For instance, if you’re interested in a particular company, look at blogs and on Facebook for people who work there. You’re likely to also see the other people they know. Maybe you share an acquaintance or two. You can submit resumes to them, ask for advice, and get more contacts.

* You’ll want to be subtle; people are unlikely to be happy about being bombarded with job requests on their own time. By starting out with a few non-intrusive messages, you should be able to make in-roads toward your goal.

2. Start your own blog. By putting out content that showcases your knowledge and expertise, people will begin to see you as an expert. Blogs are easy to start, and many websites will host yours for free. Other than the work involved, it’s free advertising for your skills.

3. Use Twitter. It’s becoming common to hear stories of people getting laid off, sending out a few Tweets proclaiming their new unfortunate job status, and ultimately finding a new position as a result of their Tweets.

* With Twitter, word spreads quickly.

* Companies are beginning to use this tool as well, for this same reason. Recruiters use Twitter to announce positions and give updates.

* Here’s a quick Twitter tutorial: 

– Go to Twitter.com and fill out your profile completely, including a professional photo of yourself.

– Follow everyone you know. Also follow everyone who seems like they might be able to help you find a position.

– Tweet away.

4. Take advantage of video. In addition to more usual social media tools, video is becoming increasingly relevant. Upload a video resume to YouTube and let the world know what you can do and what you’re looking for. Check out other video resumes to get a feel for how it’s done.

* When creating a video, keep brevity in mind. Explain your background; describe what you’re looking for and why you’d be the best person for the job. Take your time and get it right – you can rerecord as often needed.

5. Consider Paid Advertising on Social Media. Also, consider Google AdWords and Facebook advertising to put the word out that you’re in job-search mode. To do this, you’ll need to make a landing page with your resume. Adding a blog, video resume, and any publications you authored would be helpful as well.

Social media is here to stay, so you might as well use it for something constructive. Finding employment is never enjoyable, but utilizing social media can really make a difference.

Never before has the average person had so much capability to reach so many people. Craft your message and get it out there every way you can think of.