Looking for a Job Remotely? You might want to reconsider

It’s a pretty common scenario:

A friend calls me up from “you name it” city: Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and says, “I’m thinking about moving to Los Angeles (or SF, NY, etc) and I’d love to start interviewing. Let me know if you hear of anything interesting.”

I’m sure plenty of us have had that conversation, and we always try to help the person out.

Except Mark Suster, an entrepreneur turned VC at GRP Partners who blogs at Both Sides of the Table, who always says this in response:

“Don’t bother. If you’re committed to living in New York then move there. Otherwise you’re not serious and you’ll never get the right job so don’t bother.”

Looking for a Job
It’s Mark’s position that it is impossible to look for the “right” job from a remote location, because, as he puts it, “finding the best jobs takes a lot of commitment to taking many different networking meetings with executives, recruiters, entrepreneurs, VC’s, investment bankers.” (He also thinks the best jobs are not on job boards, but I think taking a glance at StartUpHire’s lisiting’s I’ll respectfully disagree.)

Sure there are plenty of reasons not to move before you get a job, but Mark’s point is essentially, if you know you’ll want to go there eventually, just go there now:

Choose life. Choose your location. Move there. Get settled in. Take the time to know the city. Get your partner bedded down and comfortable with the place without the stress of your new work hours.

Now Mark’s since gone back and qualified his position, saying that he was mostly talking about “ Directors, VP, CEO types,” but his argument is still one to consider — move to where you want a job before you start looking.

What do you think? Is it possible to remotely look for a job?