How to make long distance networking work

Jason Alba of had a great post today about long distance networking. One of his readers, Barry Groh, asked: “… how to (network) when you are not looking in the community where you live for any jobs? I have not searched for any groups here locally where I live because I am not planning on staying here, but I’m also too far away to be able to connect with other groups there, although I know a number of them that I would meet with if I was there.”

Jason provided five terrific tips – read them here:

And here are my own top five (Note: Barry’s relocating to Denver):

1. Make a list of everyone you know right now – THINK BIG. This means, third cousin twice removed counts as part of your network. Find out who knows someone in CO.

2. I agree with the earlier post – The Business Journal’s book of lists is terrific for identifying target companies. Take it a step further, check out the movers and shakers section. If someone’s been hired in a key role – that means there may be an opp. for you. (Here’s Denver’s direct link:

3. Get the local paper for the area where you plan to move. Again, review movers and shakers. Also read the business section for names. Papers list the big cheese’s names – so you now have an actual name of a person where you can send your resume. And you can also ask who in your network knows someone who may know someone who knows this Big Cheese.

4. Chamber of Commerce – check out their website for the area where you plan to move. Not only do you get lists of local companies, you get contact names as well. If you move before you get a job (not something I recommend) – volunteer for the local chamber and press the flesh.

5. Your industry’s professional organizations. For example, PRSA is a national organization for public relations professionals. They have local chapters – you can connect from the website. And they also have job postings for members only. What’s your industry’s professional organization? Join and connect!

And here’s a direct link to my article on how to relocate and get hired faster:

And here’s a link to tons more articles and networking tips:

Looking to Move for a Job?

Here’s What You Need to Know

Kathryn Glass,FOXBusiness

Relocating for a job can certainly jumpstart your career, but it isn’t always the best way to build up your bank account. In fact, moving to another city can be more expensive than it looks, and if you’re not careful you could be forced to significantly downgrade your lifestyle.

Large cities tend to be expensive, and while salaries are generally higher in those places, the increased pay doesn’t necessarily make up for the difference when compared to the lower cost of living in a smaller city.

I tend to think that when you move to a place like New York or L.A. or San Francisco, you’re moving there to establish your career and you probably will be in almost a deficit situation to establish that career,” said Bert Sperling, head of Sperling’s Best Places, a city and demographics analysis publication. “After that, it’s either move up the food chain, or head out for some place more livable.”

But what bigger cities lack in affordability, they make up for in perks such as public transportation, cultural events and an urban lifestyle, said Al Lee, director of quantitative analysis at, a Seattle-based Web site that helps job searchers find salary information in cities across the country.

Top 5 Cities

Source: Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

No. 1 Denver, Colo.
With a median annual household income of $62,500 and the median home price at $305,000, Denver tops the list as an affordable place to live and work.

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Slideshow: To help make your job search a little easier, we asked Sperling’s Best Places to identify the top five cities for living within your means while advancing your career.

Lee said that for some careers, moving to a larger city or a desirable, warm location can occasionally work out to be a better-paying scenario.

“The cost of living is considerably higher in Hawaii and most jobs there probably don’t pay enough to make it equal to your salary if you were living in, say, the Midwest or the South. But if you’re a nurse and you move to Hawaii, you can get a 20-30% increase in pay because there are a lot of retirees and there’s a real demand for health care,” Lee said. “So there’s one scenario where it might be better to move to a desirable location.”

Indeed, job sector has a lot to say about whether or not your move will be profitable. Wendy Terwelp, a career coach based in Milwaukee, Wis., suggests using the cost of living difference as a basis from which to negotiate a little more pay.

“I always encourage people to lobby for more money, even if you just talk them into a performance-based raise or an evaluation after six months,” Terwelp said. But before making the move, you should research the company, the employees and its leaders. It has to be a good fit so you won’t need to change jobs after you get there.

Andy Vogel is a client of Terwelp’s who works in advertising. He has moved from smaller communities to larger cities on several occasions and negotiating was a crucial part of every transition.

“I’ve always been really good at negotiating,” Vogel said. “I’ve always been really good at getting good packages based on how much I’m willing to accept at variable pay, so I’ve got a lot of confidence.”

But before you start bargaining with a potential employer, experts say you should find out what the salary range is for your job in the region in which you’re planning to relocate. That way you’ll have a better idea of how much you’ll be able to negotiate.

Note: Original post found here: