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If you aren’t tied down by a graduate school location or hometown, a common post-graduation moving idea usually centers around big cities. Being defined as “big,” there are tons of opportunities, right? Of course. But, clearly, graduates are needed all over the country to fulfill positions, and a small town may be a less overwhelming option.
Sarah Fuller, author of Job Search Beyond the Big Cities, was recently interviewed by Forbes.com and discussed how the job search varies based on the big city-small town issue. She says that one of the advantages of choosing a smaller community is that your competition is also smaller. Fewer people vying for the same job, or particular positions within a workplace, means there is more potential for moving up.
Fuller also gives advice on dating, becoming part of the community, and even how to go about looking for a job. Hint: use the local newspapers instead of internet classifieds because reading the paper, in general, will give you a good look at your new home, its opportunities and its people. [Forbes]