Answered by Gigi, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Monday, July 25, 2016
Devise an overall strategy for relocating. Decide approximately when you’ll make the move. Determine whether you’ll be able to make one or more scouting trips to the area before you relocate. The ideal would be to make two trips — one exploratory trip to expand your network, conduct informational interviews, and investigate housing, and a second trip dedicated to job interviews and finalizing details. Knowing that the average job search can take anywhere from three months to a year, ask yourself if you can afford to make the move if you don’t have a new job lined up at moving time. Develop a relocation budget, and don’t forget security deposits, rent, mortgage payments — possibly in both new and old locations — and incidentals, such as postage and long-distance phone costs. Be prepared to discuss some of the details of your relocation (such as timing and your reason for moving) in your cover letters and interviews with employers in the new locale.
Determine your job opportunities in your new location, which you can do in a several ways. Conduct research to find out which major employers are located in the city to which you wish to move.
Find two points of contact in each company. After you’re clear on which companies inspire you, it’s key to find out who handles HR and who your potential boss would be in the company. While HR doesn’t have as much power as the hiring manager (your potential boss), it’s good to be on HR’s radar. This is another great opportunity to use Linkedin— figure out who is in charge, and get comfortable with the advanced search function. Considering 89% of recruiters have hired employees through this tool, it’s also critical that you establish your Linkedin presence and use it to your advantage.
I think it's important to keep your connection warm in this process. I would do follow ups monthly just to connect if anything has changed in the market or if there is an hiring need now at the company you are interested in.