How to land a job in a city you don't live in

Not everyone is born and raised in a town with a strong network of top finance jobs. Sometimes it's necessary to relocate. But finding a job in a city you have yet to live in can seem difficult, and navigating this unique job search process takes some know-how. 

Competing with locals for any sort of position, whether you're looking at technology posts or hedge fund jobs, is much more difficult when you're not within the city-limits. Preparing yourself for the significant changes to come is difficult enough without your address holding you back from finding a job you want. Hiring is really picking up these days and there are plenty of people hunting for jobs, so you're going to have to put in extra effort to stand-out if you're hunting for a job in a city that you don't live in. 

If you're not sure about where to start looking for a job in another city, don't worry, the path to a new location isn't always obvious. For advice on how to land a job in an unfamiliar place, check out the guide below:

1. Contacts won't hurt your chances
When you're trying to find a job in a new city, it is useful to have a few contacts there. Whether it be someone you've known forever, a headhunter you've reached out to or someone within your professional network, a contact in the city will help immensely. Networking is always one of the best ways to get a job, so make sure you know people in the area you'd like to move to, and if you don't then start reaching out to hiring managers, recruiters or anyone else who can help lead you to a job. 

2. Take advantage of your cover letter
You're probably going to be writing cover letters for the majority of your applications, take advantage of this by including a little explanation of your intended move, as well as a brief note telling hiring managers when you'll be in town for a visit. By taking advantage of the cover letter, you can let hiring managers know that you are more than willing to relocate and hiring you won't create any extra work for them.

3. Target your search
A blanket review of every new city isn't going to work out as well as a targeted search of the locations that you're already interested in moving to. Choose a few cities or towns that have the style of living you're looking for, rather than a large region, to better your chances of finding a job. For the most part, targeted job searches are likely to yield better results.

If you'd like to find a job in a city you don't live in, your search strategy is going to have to differ slightly from the traditional, local job hunt. Moving to another city is always tough, but if you use stick to the guide above, hopefully some of your stress will be alleviated.