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How would one go about moving to a different state no job offer?

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Hypothetically speaking if you had a strong desire to move far away, how would you go about making it happen? Move out to the area first and then begin your search?

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And whether or not you can get a license without a job already lined up.

It would be stupid to move into a metro area where there are already PA new graduates.  I have had people ask my advice on moving to Portland as a new grad  My answer? Don't!  OHSU and Pacific churn out a ton of new grads every year, so you're going to be competing against people who've rotated locally.

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Find some contacts, make some calls, send some emails/letters, line up some informational interviews, save up some money and then visit for a week or two for reconnaissance. Don't just "up and move there."

Many years ago, one of my uncles wanted a job in the LA area. He had been stationed there during World War II and loved it. It probably had 1/100th the population then that it does now, little smog, and wonderful weather. What was not to love?

He thought about this heaven on earth often. So, in the mid-1960s, he sold his business and house, and headed out there with his family, their belongings following in a truck. Kind of the central New York state version of the Beverly Hillbillies (an old TV show; look it up on NetFlix). Mind you: my uncle had never been back to California since the war, he had no job lined up, and his family had never been there before.

As soon as they hit the San Bernardino County line, my asthmatic cousin went into status asthmaticus big time. He ended up in a hospital for an extended period. My uncle realized that LA had changed in 20 years and not for the better. The family returned to New York and he was a broken man for the rest of his life. 

Bottom line: Follow your dreams, but do some research first. (Hence the opening paragraph of this post.)

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I went to PA school in Florida and moved back to California after. I had no medical connections in California. I started applying to jobs around graduation. Did 3 or 4 phone interviews. One of them led to a Skype interview. Then I did 2 in person interviews right after moving back to Cali (literally the next day) and got offered a good position in Ortho with good pay the day after. I took it and I'm still there 3 years later.

Just start applying around graduation, make sure to let them know you'll be moving there. Tell them when you plan to be there. It helps if you have a reason to be moving there (I'm from Cali and all my family is here so the practice knows your not just gonna pick up and leave after 6-12 months). Check LinkedIn, Indeed, AAPA, the state PA org website, even Craigslist. Good luck!

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Unless you are independently wealthy I would....

1.  Get a license, a process that can take months at least.

2.  Then get a job.

3.  Then move.  California is one place you absolutely do not want to get stuck with no job.  Housing alone is enough to bankrupt you.

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I have had a number of jobs in states far away.  It's actually easier than it sounds, but takes some planning.  Start the license process in the lucky state; shop around for jobs you would like; then apply.  You should probably save some money for interviews and moving.

 

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Get a job first.  Most of my class started applying in January (May graduation).  Many were moving out of state.  Many had contracts prior to graduation.  Then you can do PANCE, license, etc . 

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