ASK HR: Relocated and having trouble finding a job?

Q. What recommendations can you provide for someone who needs to relocate to a new state, but is having difficulty finding a job in the new state?

A. Research professional organizations in your field prior to moving to the new state. If the organization meets on a regular basis plan to attend a meeting so that you can begin networking with others in your field immediately. I personally took this approach about 5 yrs ago when I relocated to California and it landed me a job within 2 weeks. – Danese Simpkins, MS, SPHR, Director, Human Resources, Air2Web

A. 1. Take a moment and think about “what exactly is it that you want to do?” (e.g. industry, position, etc.)
2. Update your resume to reflect any recent changes in your professional career that will reflect and highlight your qualities that would set you apart from other candidates.
3. Join local organizations in the new state to help build your network.
4. Contact local recruiting/staffing firms, unemployment centers, or attend any job fairs to help connect you to employers who have open positions.
5. Let everyone you know in the new state know that you are seeking employment, because you may never know who may know someone that knows someone who has a position open. – Katrina Jackson, HR Manager, United Acceptance, Inc.

A. Searching for a new job in a different state may be horrifying for most, but if the individual is currently working, he/she should utilize internal recruiters and H.R. professionals for advice and possible connections. In addition, they could tap into local networks of professionals, utilize the social media sites for business contacts, and market themselves to some of the temporary placement agencies in the relocation state for faster access to some of the local companies. – Ronald Miranda, HR Manager , Aldeasa A.J.V.

These human resources professionals are members of the Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. If you have a question you would like to ask a panel of local experts, please e-mail it to Sharon Belhamel, vice president of public relations for SHRM-Atlanta at For more information about becoming a member of SHRM-Atlanta, please visit their membership section or call 404.442.7335.

8 comments Add your comment

Underemployed in Georgia

September 5th, 2010
5:43 pm

I partly agree with the HR professionals. You should research the industry that you’re currently in based on the state you’re planning to move. Is this a strong or declining industry? Networking may be helpful if you belong to networking organizations. Additionally, if your industry is declining, do you have a specific skill set which will allow your skills to transfer in other areas? This move is not impossible but you must do your homework first.

Peter Bjerkerot

June 29th, 2010
3:43 pm

I called the AJC Customer Service Department only to discover they are in the Philippines!!!

I am outraged that an Atlanta company (one that has actually published articles about the negative impact of outsourcing jobs to foreign companies) would take jobs that could help keep our unemployment rates lower and export them overseas! Why does the AJC even have this blog about finding jobs if THEY are guilty of exporting job opportunities?? The AJC company exists because of LOCAL readership. We have people here who are capable and willing to work in this capacity….people who have families and friends that would subscribe to your paper. No one in the Philippines will do that! How can the AJC call themselves a steward of the community if you don’t even employ local workers.


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March 31st, 2010
12:17 pm

Basically all three answers are to network. So to anyone out there who believes in rugged individualism needs a reality check.

Boogers in your hair

March 16th, 2010
10:01 am

I agree, HR is a big waste to time. Always dictating to the worker-bee, the PRODUCERS, their silly mantras about “being engaged” and just pure non-sense.


January 9th, 2010
12:33 pm

What may be common sense to one person, someone else may not know…and your opinion of HR is one out of million….HR can make a big difference in a company…

BongWater Slurpee

January 8th, 2010
10:40 am

Oh brother…stupid question. Then we have these 3 “professors” parroting things anyone with common sense already knows.

HR is a waste of time and money.