Q. I am a recent college graduate from Arizona State University looking to relocate to the Boston area. I graduated with an art history degree and a minor in anthropology, and I have vast customer service experience.
I have been applying for jobs in the nonprofit, marketing, and arts sectors in the Boston area, but I am still confused as to how I find a job in a place where I have never lived. How do I get my foot in the door?
A. Your job search in the Boston area will be a greater challenge, but one that can be successful. A few tips to increase your chances:
Use social media to your advantage. Create an account on LinkedIn. Learn how it works. Join groups on LinkedIn that further connections in Boston. Create a Twitter account. Begin following job sites and Boston-centric sites.
If you are targeting specific employers, follow them on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Research alumni connections and associations in the Boston area. Talk to your professors about contacts they may have in Boston.
Check job posting sites. Several focus on jobs in nonprofits. Idealist.org is one to think about visiting frequently.
Buy a cellphone with a Boston-based phone number for job hunting.
Be clear that you don’t expect a prospective employer to pay for relocation. The thought of relocation expenses may scare them off. Let them know you could relocate quickly.
Make sure you have video-chatting capability. Prospective employers may invite you to interview using this technology.
Check your resume. Be sure it is crisp, error-free, and well-designed, and make sure it includes key words that are desirable for your target industries and employers. Your resume should not exceed one page.
Travel to Boston, if possible. Try to fill that time with a jam-packed schedule of interviews and networking meetings.
If you know where you plan to live, use that address. Put it on your resume. A local address conveys that you are serious about relocating.
Job hunting from a distant location can be daunting, but it’s not impossible.
Patricia Hunt Sinacole is
president of First Beacon Group, a human resources
consulting firm in Hopkinton.