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Will you move for a job?

Will you move for a job?

As options dwindle each day for the unemployed, many may be faced with the prospect of going to where the jobs are. As losing companies like GM and their ilk demand bailout funds–but at the same time, promising more layoffs–options for the unemployed, underemployed, or soon-to-be-unemployed, become much more narrow.

Interestingly enough, a few years back–in the “other” times–companies were going to where the workers were. We’ve now come full circle and workers are looking at following the jobs.

In a tough market, especially in the hardest-hit areas of New York and California, widening your search to other parts of the country may be wise. Keep in mind that each application you submit to a company is competing with hundreds-if not thousands-of other applications.

If you’re not widening your search, what are you doing differently? What techniques are you using to stand out?

02/22/2009 - Posted by | jobs | , ,


  1. Bear – great blog. Thanks for all the tips and tricks. I am currently employed but concerned about being laid off.
    I agree that if possible, job seekers should consider moving for the right job. Unfortunately, many employers have cut back on relocation expense so be prepared to pay some or all of the cost of moving.

    Comment by Jackie | 02/22/2009 | Reply

  2. The double-edge sword for the unemployed is that homeowners sometimes can’t afford to move to the job unless they’re willing to walk away from their home, lose money selling it or become an absentee landlord (good luck there). D—ed if you do; d___ed if you don’t.

    Comment by Syd | 02/22/2009 | Reply

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