You’re done with your degree, and your first post-grad summer has officially drawn to a close. Returning to your hometown has been a bittersweet transition. Not having to worry about rent and meals has been nice, but you miss your friends and the atmosphere of your college town. And now that you’re officially finished with school, you know it’s important to get going on your hometown job hunt.
Maybe you were one of the lucky ones who was able to take it easy after graduation – moving back home and enjoying all summer has to offer: vacation, fresh lemonade, and plenty of sunshine. Or maybe you’re like most of us, and you hit up your go-to part-time gig so you can start repaying those daunting student loans. But now that summer’s over, it’s time to buckle down and really start on your hometown job hunt.
But the words of the Clash ring in your head: Should you stay or should you go now? On the one hand, leaving the nest opens the door to diverse opportunities. But depending on the size of your hometown and how well you get along with your family, living at home can make a lot of financial sense and be a great way to get your bearings for adult life.
Comforts of Home
You also don’t have to worry as much about finding a place to live. Sure, you might want to get out on your own eventually, but moving in with your parents after graduation is the new normal. This Boomerang effect has become the trajectory for the majority of college grads. 55% of 18-to-24-years-olds live with their parents. And more than 80% of folks welcome their children’s return! Since parents typically don’t inflict price gauging on their own flesh and blood, your cost of living tends to be more affordable. This allows you to work towards paying off your loans and saving for your future faster.
Home Team Advantage
At first glance, it may feel like staying in your hometown will leave you at a disadvantage on the job hunt. But think about it – you’ve got a robust network of family and friends that you can tap into. After all, referrals are 16 times more likely to get hired than non-referrals! It’s often all about getting your foot in the right door.
Don’t be afraid to ask others for suggestions or referrals. Remember that most people are naturally altruistic and want to help those around them. Ask people what they do for work, if they like their jobs, and whether or not there are any openings at their workplace. And don’t focus solely on asking peers your age! Ask older relatives and family friends who have been at their jobs for a long time – they usually are well connected and know all the ins & outs of their company.
Do Your Research (and Some Soul-Searching)
Use sites like GlassDoor and Google to find the best workplaces in (or near) your hometown. If you live in a major metropolitan area, you’ll have a lot of options. But things can get tricky if you’re from a small town or rural area. Ask yourself how long of a commute you’re comfortable with if you need to job search in the closest major town. Especially if you’re looking for a specific kind of job, your options could be limited. But, if you’re looking for anything to help pay the bills, you can definitely find something local to tide you over while you search for your dream job.
One good thing about the modern workplace is an increase of full-time 100% remote positions. Thank technology for making any information accessible just about anywhere in the word. Jobs like data entry, content writing, customer service, and sales are all positions that regularly allow full-time remote opportunities. Remote jobs are great because you can work from literally anywhere you’ve got Wi-Fi. That means you can stay in your hometown for as long as you want or move to the other side of the country without worrying about lining up a new job ahead of time.
Living at home is a great chance for you to catch your breath after graduation. Even though it means moving back into your childhood bedroom (no worries, you can redecorate!), there’s plenty of opportunity in your own backyard. With high cost of living, Silicon Valley and NYC aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Your hometown job hunt can be just as fruitful as moving to a brand-new city.