These Cities Offer the Best Prospects for Recent Grads

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Looking to relocate? Some cities offer more in the way of professional and lifestyle opportunity than other do. Which ones are the best?

Staffing firm Robert Half recently set out to determine which U.S. cities offer the most for recent college grads.

Cities are ranked on career prospects, cost of living, quality of life and cultural diversity.

The top 5 U.S. cities include:

  1. Seattle
  2. Boston
  3. San Francisco
  4. Washington, D.C.
  5. Raleigh

Robert Half has even produced a City Comparison Tool to help you evaluate various cities. Find it here: https://www.roberthalf.com/workplace-research/career-city-index-the-best-cities-to-live-and-work/compare-career-prospects-in-major-cities?utm_campaign=Press_Release&utm_medium=Link&utm_source=Press_Release&_ga=1.167053368.722761999.1431797435.

If you’re evaluating cities for a possible move, take this advice from Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half:

Do your homework. The City Comparison Tool is a great place to start researching where you’d like to live and work, but it’s also important to evaluate specific job opportunities. Are there certain employers or industries that excite you? How do salaries compare for different positions and locations?

Get connected. If you don’t have many contacts in a new city, this is a good time to practice your networking skills. Reach out to your university’s local alumni community or a recruiter who is familiar with companies and opportunities in the area.

Navigate the hiring process. Prepare your elevator pitch, perfect your resume and put your best foot forward. Understand that your job search is a process and the perfect opportunity may not come right away, so don’t be discouraged if it takes time.

Consider temporary work. If you relocate to a new area before securing a job, check out temporary, freelance or project opportunities. These options can help you develop skills, earn valuable experience and make new contacts.

Always think ahead. Consider whether the city you plan to relocate to is where you want to stay for the longer term. Would you move again if an attractive opportunity arises? It’s important to keep your personal and career goals in mind.”

Oh, and one other thing: visit the cities you’re considering, and plan to spend at least a few days in each one.

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