Subscribing to a newspaper may be a good idea - it should give you an idea of what the area is like so you don't move to a place you might end up hating. (Happened to one of my cousins last year, now she's stuck in a state and town she doesn't like much.)
You may be able to find the newspapers online. Many newspapers don't put their print ads on their Websites, though, they use CareerBuilder or one of the other large sites as their "employment classifieds." Too bad!
The main branch of your town's library, or a local college or university library, may have those papers available daily. If you're in Boston, go to the Kirstein Business Library down town. It's a branch of the BPL, specifically focused on business - http://www.bpl.org/research/kbb/kbbhome.htm
Networking is THE BEST way to land a new job! Check these out:
* If you've attended college anywhere, check out the school's Website to see if they offer career center support for alumni/ae. If they do, see if they have resources for you in those locations - like a list of other alums in that area.
* If you belong to LinkedIn, one of your contacts may have a contact in the location you're interested in.
* Ask friends and family if they know anyone in one of those locations.
These are the most effective job sites for a successful online job search, and should give you a good idea of what's available in various towns without leaving your couch (or where ever you are when you do this research):
* Craigslist.org - http://www.craigslist.org/
Craigslist is the job site specified the most often in the last year as the site someone used to successfully find a job. It beat the other sites (including Monster and CareerBuilder) hands down. Not even close.
Craigslist is a giant online classifieds site, broken up by location. Pick your location from the lists of cities and states in the right columns of the home pages. For each location, employers post "jobs" and "gigs" (which are short-term jobs, like project assignments, that may tide you over until you get a real job). Jobs are posted in reverse chronological order - newest at the top. See this Guide to Using Craigslist to Find a Job - http://www.job-hunt.org/onlinejobsearchguide/article_guide_to_craigslist.shtml
* Indeed.com - http://www.indeed.com
This site is a central source for finding job opportunities listed. Indeed is a "job aggregator" which collects jobs from job sites (like Monster, HotJobs, and CareerBuilder, but NOT Craigslist) as well as from employers, newspapers, etc., so you go to one central place to search for the jobs and cover more sites than you even know about. Quick and comprehensive. Very powerful.
* Job-Hunt.org - http://www.job-hunt.org/
With over 8,700 links to employers and career resources, organized by state or specialty, Job-Hunt will help you identify possible employers and also job search networking and local support groups to help you with your networking.
For each state, Job-Hunt links to an average of over 125 unique local resources and employers:
- - local job search support groups
- - local job sites and online classifieds (including local newspapers)
- - state and local governments
- - colleges and universities
- - public school districts
- - banks and financial companies
- - internet and technology companies
- - medical, biotech, and pharma companies
- - many other employers
It's do-able, just may not be easy to do. Good luck!