/ Asked by Alyssa
Good afternoon. I'm a current fourth year student at the University of Vermont. I'm looking for employment for when I graduate this spring. I'm a public communications major and a food systems minor. I'm hoping to move out West (particularly some place such as Oregon, Colorado, or Utah), and I was just wondering how I go about applying for a job on the other side of the country?
Answered by Carrie, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Thursday, October 4, 2018
Hi there! Have you been to a career fair at your school? I think attending a career fair would be a good starting point for you because you can talk to companies that are hiring for the position and location that you are interested in. If you can't attend a career fair you can always look online to find companies that are located on the West Coast. Once you find the companies that you are interested in, you will most likely need to apply online to their careers page. Luckily, most companies make it easily to apply to a job on the other side of the country. Good luck in the search!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018
It's great that you are starting your job search early! Your career center is going to be the best resource for you to start with. I don't think it's uncommon for companies to seek college graduates to fill their entry-level opportunities and offer to relocate candidates, or express interest in candidates that may not currently live in the city the job is located. College students are typically very open to relocation and I think a lot of employers recognize this! I would recommend that you start by searching jobs on the job portal at your school. Often times, you can search by city/location. I would also recommend connecting with your career center and explain what type of position you are looking for. They are going to be most familiar with the companies that recruit at your school and can help point you in the right direction. Career fairs are also a great resource as well as any student organizations or on-campus groups you are involved with. Companies often form partnerships with student organizations so they can actively recruit their members so if you have any connections that way, or with an exec board in a student org, I would recommend trying that path as well. Lastly, research companies in the locations you are interested in and begin seeking out opportunities with those companies and try to build connections.

Good luck with your job search!
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