As the commercial and development capital of southeast USA, Atlanta is attracting more and more new residents with a wide range of commercial opportunities. The city is home to more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies, many of which provide attractive employment opportunities for suitably qualified job seekers. However, it is worth noting that the city's workforce is well-educated and highly skilled, making competition for top jobs quite fierce.
Job market in Atlanta
Professional and business services are the largest contributors to Atlanta’s economy, while the leisure and hospitality sectors are also sources of significant employment in the city. Job opportunities are also growing in key areas such as healthcare, education and retail.
Atlanta is home to the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, making the city the centre of business and logistics in the southern US. Delta Airlines is one of the biggest employers in Atlanta, while other notable local and international companies based here include Coca-Cola, Home Depot and the United Parcel Service (UPS). The city is also a media hub and is home to the global headquarters of CNN and TBS television networks.
Expats who want to work in Atlanta will need to obtain a work permit for the US.
Finding a job in Atlanta
Many newcomers to Atlanta arrive with a job offer in hand, but those who don't will do well to start their search online. Most companies will list their job openings on their own website or on local job portals. Social networking sites such as LinkedIn are also extremely valuable resources.
Recruitment agents are also a good option. These professionals have unique insights into their specific industry and are well placed to link up qualified candidates with employers.
Of course, new arrivals should make use of personal connections as much as possible – networking is arguably the best way to make new business connections and to get some insider tips on local industries and the local job market. It's also a great way for new arrivals to make friends and establish themselves in their new community.
Work culture in Atlanta
Despite its small-town feel and laid-back lifestyle, there is still a strong corporate culture in Atlanta. The city is known for its southern hospitality and this extends into the business climate in Atlanta; good manners and a positive attitude go a long way. Those who go the extra mile to be personable and make a good impression are more likely to stand out from the crowd when job hunting.
►See Doing Business in the USA to learn more about American work culture
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