Three Best Places to Start Over: D.C., Raleigh, N.C., San Antonio

dc jobsWashington D.C., Raleigh, N.C., and San Antonio, Texas, are among the best places for the unemployed to start over, says

The trick for the jobless is to get to these cities, on their own dime. According to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, fewer employers are paying for relocation.

So, how do you pull off lifting yourself out of an unemployment dead zone and parachuting into a part of the country that is thriving? Here are some recommendations:,

  • Search for jobs online and through networking in those promising areas, telling employers there that you will be available for personal interviews, for example, during first week of December. Remember most expenses associated with a job search are tax-deductible. You can find lodging in low-cost facilities such as YMCAs, discount motel chains, and local rooms for rent. Incidentally, before you go, also line up interviews at local employment agencies specializing in your field.
  • Present yourself to employers as intending to relocate to that area, for personal reasons. Therefore, you're investing in financing your own relocation. Those personal reasons could be an aging family member or proximity to grandparents for child care.
  • Leverage the experience, knowledge, feedback, contacts, and confidence you derive from that distant job search to being more effective in hunting for opportunity in your own backyard. Often you will find that you finally put together the best way for you, as a unique professional, to find a job. Yes, there is progress on the learning curve.

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