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Do Relocation Homework Online Before Hiring Help

Sunday, December 30, 2007; Page K01

Edited questions from Career Tracks, Mary Ellen Slayter's online discussion about workplace issues.

Southern Maryland: In April I am moving to Florida. I work at a bank that does not have branches there. While I would like to stay in banking, I have a strong background in reception/assistant work, sales, etc. Do you think I would benefit from a head hunter? Who pays to use one, the company or me? When should I start applying? I will have to go from here to Florida for interviews, so I want to try to schedule them within the same two or three days. I will be moving from a D.C. cost of living, and a D.C. paycheck; how do I adjust this when negotiating salary? Should I ask for the same or more? Where I am moving is close to a city but not like here.

A head hunter could be helpful, but isn't necessary. Head hunters are paid a commission by the employer when they find someone (read: you) to fill a job.

Online salary calculators can help you estimate of the cost of living in your new home, as well as typical salaries for your position. Online job ads are one place to start; check the local newspaper's classifieds section.

I can't seem to get my foot in the door. Because I moved frequently for my (now ex-) husband's job, I don't have a lot of tenure and my experience is sort of random. This means that I never get called for interviews based on my r¿sum¿. On the other hand, once I get in the interview room and explain myself, everything goes swimmingly. So how do I get in the room?

Get your face in before your r¿sum¿. This is generally a more effective strategy for everyone, not just people who have bounced around a lot. Your r¿sum¿ should come in attached to a referral, ideally from someone who can speak well of your work.

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