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Old 07-06-2015, 08:29 PM
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I currently live in FL and have been wanting to relocate to Winston-Salem for about a year now. I had an interview at BB&T last summer, but then they decided to put the position on hold. Other than that, I've had no luck even getting interviews. I have an MBA and my experience is in marketing communications. I check Indeed, LinkedIn and several other websites daily, and in the rare case that there's something I'm interested in applying for, I always research and try to follow up when I can. I'm not sure if I'm just at a disadvantage since I don't currently live there or what. But I'm wondering if anyone knows of any groups I can connect with online, or if anyone has any advice on how I can make some connections and try to land a job there! Thanks so much!
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:36 PM
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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Unfortunately, not living in the area does put you at a disadvantage. Potential employers often prefer a local candidate. Someone from outside the area may not like the new location and may move shortly after being hired - that's one concern of potential employers.

I don't have any connections or suggestions, just wanted to say I wish you the best finding the right position. We love it here (have been in NC 10 years, the Triad for 4 years).

Are you looking at other locations in North Carolina, or is there a specific reason to look into Winston Salem? I'm partial to Winston myself, but there are a number of cities in NC.
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Old 07-08-2015, 07:40 AM
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OP: You're doing all of the right things. One thing I'd add is to make a list of companies in the area where you'd like to work, then regularly check the postings on their HR sites.

Here's a short list of potential companies: Wake Forest Baptist Health, Novant Health, Reynolds American, Hanesbrands, BB&T, Krispy Kreme, Inmar, B/E Aerospace, higher ed institutions (WFU, Winston-Salem State, UNCSA, Salem College, Forsyth Tech), perhaps Wells Fargo (not sure if they still run any marcom out of Winston). Also some local ad firms that may have openings that might suit you: Mullen, Wildfire, The Variable.
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Old 07-08-2015, 11:54 AM
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As also a member of Linkedin, I see no advantage unless there is a listing, and you have a connection to a company you're interested in. I don't connect with business people I have never met, or don't know personally, as I see no advantage for it since they really don't know your skills and what you are capable of doing in the workplace.

I think the largest companies and best possibilities of those previously listed are Inmar, a local technology firm with over 1000 employees in the Innovation Quarter that offers consulting and digital software services. It just announced yesterday that it was acquiring Scanner Applications, a trade management and tracking service company based in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Also Mullen (formerly Long, Haymes, Carr), an advertising agency, that is I believe one of the largest in the region. It handles accounts such as TJMaxx, ReynoldsAmerican, Lowes Companies. It is based downtown Winston-Salem. I see no reason why you could not make a blind contact. These companies should be open to the possibility for young and fresh talent, regardless of where you are moving from.

Good luck.

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Old 07-19-2015, 11:04 AM
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Thank you all so much for your great responses. They have all been very helpful! I am partial to Winston, which I know makes it a lot more difficult, but I'm going to keep plugging along and hope that something eventually works out. I will definitely focus on the list of employers mentioned by CarolinaBredChicagoan. Those are all ones that I've checked into and definitely preferable employers for me. You're right that checking their sites regularly is probably best because I'm sure sometimes listings fall through the cracks on Indeed.com.
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