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Best way to find project manager job when moving cross country?

I'm sure I'm not the only person who will benefit from this and any advice is greatly appreciated. What do you recommend is the best way to find a project manager role when moving cross country?

In my case, my family is moving to North Carolina to be closer to family. I already have a great work history within project management including completing complex IT projects, waterfall manufacturing 3rd party part production projects, adopting CRM systems for marketing and sales teams, and much more spanning 7+ years of project management, plus have an MBA, PMP, ACP, Scrum Master certs, and Six Sigma green belt. Thing is, I've had an amazingly hard time even landing an interview. I thought with my hard and smart work background and an amazing resume, that I would have no problem finding a new role in a new company, but I guess I highly underestimated the journey. It's been about 3 weeks since I began looking and yet not much has come back to me.

Is it that I might be applying to jobs that are requiring too much experience? Is the project management job market in North Carolina not strong currently? What advice do you have for someone in my position and struggling to find work? Any tips for finding employment for my scenario? Is it that it simply takes more time for hiring managers to contact me back and I'm not giving the process the proper amount of time? Are there specific job boards that work better than others?

This community has been great to me over the years so I'm hoping I can get something tangible from asking on this discussion board. Thanks everyone!
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Hi Michael - If you are getting responses and an initial HR call, then your resume should be fine. If not getting any type of response, it could be worth looking at your resume.

I have had good experiences with LinkedIn for new opportunities. So long as your profile is updated to state you are open for recruiters to contact you.

I don't know which positions you are applying for, but if you are asking the questions you are, possibly there is a stretch. That said, we should not be expected to limit ourselves or to move laterally, so applying up is okay, if you have the skills to back it up.

If only applying directly with organizations, expect it to take time to get a reply. Especially now being the holiday season. At this time of the year, you'd be better off with recruiters.

Location is everything. If you're near a large city like Raleigh you'll have an easier time finding a job than if you live in some small town.
How are you conducting your search? Via online sites like Linkedin and Indeed?
The South can be rather slow when it comes to conducting business, so hiring and other business matters generally take longer than they do in the DC area where I live. Also, I believe personal relationships carry considerable weight in the South, so an outsider without any local relationships will likely have a harder time finding a job than someone with contacts. Finding the local PMI chapter might be a good way to begin establishing those contacts.

Dear Michael
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

Have you considered an approach: Will I sell my skills to companies and / or organizations where I would like to work?

I'm reminded of the saying: "the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago."

The same applies to jobs. If you have been developing your network over the years, your move to a new location should be simply a case of tapping into your pipeline.

Don't forget the golden rule of networking: never ask someone in your network for a job. Your network is meant to provide connections, not jobs.

Hey Michael,

Thanks for the question. Have you considered looking for remote positions? This will give you the flexibility to move sooner rather than later since out of towners struggle more than local candidates.

If working from home doesn’t work for you, after a year or so, you can begin your search again. The only difference is you will already be in North Carolina and the hiring managers will be more favorable towards you since you will now be local.

God Speed my friend.

I agree with Victor, the idea of a remote job may satisfy your requirements. There are many companies that search for remote workers in the USA, you can review these announcements in job portals like glassdoor, indeed, zip recruiter, etc.

Thanks for the feedback everyone, I ended up lining up 2 interviews for this week and I do feel confident with them. That being said, your input is extremely valuable and appreciated!

Thanks for the Post Michael, the comments of the others also helped me.

Good Luck! You have a brilliant background, congratulations.

I concur with my colleagues here.
Good luck with your interview, Michael.

Hi Michael
The local PMI Chapters provide rich networking opportunities and are good sources to generate leads.
Most chapters help members connect with prospective employers

good luck

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