looking for work
how long before someone moves should they start contacting employers in the area?
I won't be there until Dec/Jan, but I think it would depend on what type of work you are looking for. Are you looking for a professional job or something like a restaurant job? Also- how much money do you have saved? Can you go several months with out a job or will you need work immediately? Are you bringing a car or buying one there? You probably won't be living close enough to work or grocery stores to walk. Just wondering so someone can answer this for you. 🙂
From what I have read here, most employers won't hire you unless you are already living on Island.
Most, if not all, suggest a Pre-Move Visit before moving here. This will serve many purposes, including meeting people, networking, & getting a feel about what kind of job you might be able to find when you do move.
I had a PMV lined up for the beginning of September (STT) with a move planned for the beginning of October. My plan was to get out to as many bars/restaurants as I could to let them know that I would be moving here in a month, would they have anything for me.
Thankfully, I had something better come up where I have a job, company car & apt. I moved to STT almost 2 weeks ago & didn't get to do a PMV but 2 things made that decision a whole lot easier..... 1.) I had a full time gig already in hand with some real nice perks & pay. 2.) the guy I am working with/for is a buddy from back in Detroit who has been here for 2 years now, so in my mind, that was going to make any transition/growing pains that much easier then someone else moving here site unseen.
If I were you, take a visit here about a month before you plan on moving & bust hump getting your name & face out there to people letting them know you need work when you move here.
One tip, I was working with a gentleman on Thursday who owns some pretty well known restaurants here on STT & he said for the important positions in his places (managers/servers/bartenders), he brings them over from the mainland because they seem to be a little bit more reliable. You never know, you just might hold some value in an employers eyes for the simple fact that you are not from here. Network, Network, Network!