This is the second of three reviews of Heather Huhman’s e-books. I was asked to give these reviews after being featured on Heather Huhman’s blog in the first #HAPPO day.
What a better time to write a review on Heather Huhman’s e-book about relocating for an entry-level job than graduation time for the Class of 2010. I was really excited to read this book mainly because I am planning on relocating at some point after my graduation.
The book starts off listing the top 15 cities for entry-level jobs from New York City to Washington, D.C. and details facts such as population, common occupations, average salaries and rent. Some of the information was very valuable, such as the rent and common occupations. Stats such as the population I could have done without, but I can see where that would be valuable for some people.
Heather then offers a number of tips for how to go about relocating. One option is to move without a job, an extremely risky move, but if you have enough money to survive for a few months go ahead. Other tips (many of which I plan to utilize this summer) such as planning short trips full of informational interviews (including what questions to ask!), making sure you’re active on social media sites, applying for internships, utilizing the alumni network from your university, and building relationships with local recruiters.
Most importantly, you have to make sure you let potential employers know that you want to relocate and that you’re going to do so at your own expense. Many companies won’t pay for you to move there, so make it clear that you’re willing to do it on your own. Make sure that you have a plan and have done your research regarding the cost of living and moving costs.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It was a quick and easy read and is very easy to go back and reference when you need it. Some of the information was common sense, at least for me, but still important to remember. For any of 2010 graduates (or even college juniors) I highly recommend you check out this book, it will really help you in the long run!
You can purchase “Relocating for an Entry-Level Job: Why You Probably Have to & How to Do It” here. For more valuable entry-level career advice, make sure you’re following Heather Huhman on Twitter (@heatherhuhman) and check out her website www.heatherhuhman.com.