Tips on Relocating

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2002-11-11 Print this article Print

Tips on Relocating

Before you decide to pack up the station wagon and head for some IT promised land, do your research. Here are some tips and tools that can help:

  • Local tech associations
    To find job leads in your target city, check in with local chapters of tech organizations such as the IEEE (, the Association of Computing Machinery ( and Women in Technology International (

  • Virtual tech associations
    Talk to members of your local Project Management Institute ( chapter or other tech organizations to find job leads.

  • Pink-slip parties
    Yes, purveyors of "interim talent" such as The Hired Guns ( are still throwing parties for the "downsized (but not downtrodden)." Attend, commiserate and schmooze

  • Check salary calculators
    Check out online salary calculators like the one at to estimate the salary differentials between current and new locations

  • Check in with school chums
    Locate the alumni chapter of your alma mater in the target city and work it for networking leads

  • Keep the faith
    Many churches, synagogues and other religious institutions have started job resource groups to help members network and find support in their job searches. Seek out your affiliated group in the target city—if it doesn¹t have such a support group, offer to start one

Source: eWeek reporting, Carol Covin

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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