If you’re a resident of upstate New York, you know all to well the struggle we face when it comes to securing permanent, secure employment. Buffalo, New York, previously known as a blue collar town, is now a college town, with little to no jobs for the numerous graduates it spews out.

Granted, the employment situation, or lack thereof, is a national crisis but I was curious to know what things we as everyday people could do about it. I came to the conclusion, it’s time to stop waiting for the government to create job opportunities, and instead create our own. One way of doing that is going to the job instead of waiting for it to come to you.

Relocating, of course, is easier said than done, but one model I always live by rings true in true in this case -“When you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Here are five tips that will get you started in the right direction:


Google must become your best friend. Think of places you may be interested in moving to. Look into compiled reports of the best places for job growth or economic development.

Develop a plan and goals

Once you’ve decided where you would like to go, orchestrate a way on how to get there! Set goals, such as giving your self a timetable as to when you would like to be gone or how much money you want to bring with you.

Execute that plan and STICK TO IT

This is probably the hardest part. As with anything in life, great things can be achieved through hard work and dedication. Make sure if your goal is to fill out five job applications a day; that you apply to those five jobs a day!


While preparing for your new start in a new city, get rid of the unnecessary baggage you have in your current place. This could be small credit card bills, old couches, or even unsupportive friends. Whatever doesn’t make your move easier, needs to go.

Have Faith

It may seem like a daunting task at first, but as time goes on everything will start to fall in to place. You will fail, and have setbacks, but that is a part of life. What you do when you get back up is what counts the most.