Getting a Job in New York: Resources + Tips (2021)

Jan 25, 2021

Written by Caitlin Proctor

Written by Caitlin Proctor

Career Expert, ZipJob

An average of 250 resumes are sent for a single opening. See how Zipjob uses professional writers and technology to get your resume noticed.

Moving to New York? You’re not alone! While some people are fleeing the big city for less populated areas, others see 2021 as the perfect time to move to New York City. If you’re moving and looking for a job at the same time, though, you’re going to need a little help.

Here are 5 tips and resources from our team of career experts to make your search for a new job in New York go smoothly.

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1. Look for top New York companies in your industry

If you’re looking to land a new job quickly, you need to be organized and specific. One way to narrow down your job search is to make a list of target companies you think you want to work for and focus your attention on researching what the company is doing and networking with current employees.

To get started, check out our curated lists of great employers and companies in New York.

Check back soon–more industry lists will follow!

2. Check local job listings online

In addition to top job search sites, you should look for local job boards to find jobs in New York. These websites might have opportunities that many bigger and more popular aggregates don’t have.

Here are 12 Job Search Sites in New York (Buffalo) to help you out.

Just be sure not to make applying to jobs online your only job search strategy! This brings us to the next tip:

3. Check out New York recruiting and headhunting firms

Myth: you can hire a recruiting firm to get you a new job.


Truth: you can’t hire a recruiter, but recruiters are hired by employers to find candidates to fill positions.

If you are a great candidate you can attract a recruiter who can connect you with  many career opportunities not publicly advertised.

Start with this list of the 25 Best Recruiting and Headhunting firms in New York City (NYC) and then reference these related posts:

4. Write a great cover letter for your relocation to New York

It can be a good idea to mention your relocation on a cover letter as part of what makes you a great candidate. Take notes on what a good cover letter looks like and make sure you tick these boxes:

  • Short and direct
  • Highlights your qualifications and years of experience (without regurgitating your resume)
  • Demonstrates your value with examples and numbers
  • Tailored–preferably addressed to the hiring manager
  • Employer-focused

Job openings receive around 250 applications on average. Cover letters are one of the most effective ways to stand out and get more interviews!

5. Work with a New York resume writing service

Moving to a new place can take up a lot of time and energy, so it’s perfectly fine to hire a professional to do the heavy lifting for you on your resume!

Professional resume writers can save you many hours and are trained on current best practices, industry keywords that companies are looking for, and the content you need to land an interview.

Just make sure you’re collaborating with your resume writer in between packing–even the most experienced writers will need to learn more about your experience and qualifications before they give a final draft.

Here are our suggestions for people located in the Big Apple: the 12 Best Resume Writing Services In New York City (NYC).


Finding a job and moving at the same time is hard work! These tips will help you manage your job search so you can focus on getting settled into a new city. Be sure to also plan ahead as it can sometimes take several months to find the right job that you want.

Are you looking for a good job and planning a move to New York? Share your New York job search tips and questions in the comments!

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