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Best US Cities for Finding a Job in 2018 & ID Theft Tips When Going There

By Steve Symanovich, a Symantec employee

If you have the urge to start fresh with a new job in a new city, here are a few of the top places you might go: Scottsdale, Fort Lauderdale, and Raleigh.

Those three employment centers rank on a list of the 20 best US cities for finding a job. They represent just a trio of geographies to consider if you’re looking for a new place to live and work.

Here’s something else to consider while you gear up for your search: A job hunt can mean sharing a lot of personal information—such as your name, address, and Social Security number—and that can raise the risk of identity theft. You’ll find identity theft tips below for how to help stay safe while you zero in on your ideal location.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale ranks as the No. 1 place to look for a new job, according to WalletHub. The personal finance website compared 150 of the largest U.S. cities across 13 indicators of job-market strength. Those measures include job opportunities, employment growth, and median monthly income.

WalletHub also calculated a rank for 10 indicators related to “socio-economic environment.” Those include factors like commute time, employee benefits, and housing costs.

Scottsdale grabbed the top spot on the list based on a variety of strengths. The city of about 243,000 people got high marks for its high median household income, great employee benefits and low transportation costs.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Florida notched three cities in the top 20, with Fort Lauderdale landing in the No. 14 spot. With a population of about 177,000, Fort Lauderdale has a strong economic outlook and internships for folks just starting out.

Raleigh, North Carolina

With a population of more than 456,000, Raleigh distinguished itself as the only city in North Carolina to nab a spot in the top 20. Employment outlook, job security, and high median household income propelled Raleigh to the No. 10 slot on the list.

The full ranking of best US cities for finding a job

Scottsdale, Fort Lauderdale, Raleigh are just a sample of the hot spots for finding a new job and place to live. Interested in another geography? Here’s a look at WalletHub’s top 20:

  1. Scottsdale, Arizona
  2. Plano, Texas
  3. Orlando, Florida
  4. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  5. San Francisco, California
  6. Rancho Cucamonga, California
  7. Chandler, Arizona
  8. Salt Lake City, Utah
  9. Tempe, Arizona
  10. Raleigh, North Carolina
  11. Peoria, Illinois
  12. Miami, Florida
  13. Honolulu, Hawaii
  14. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  15. Fort Wayne, Indiana
  16. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  17. Garland, Texas
  18. Gilbert, Arizona
  19. Overland Park, Kansas
  20. San Jose, California

5 ways to help job hunters stay safe

If you decide to take your job hunt to these cities—or any other, for that matter—it’s a good idea to be careful about how you share your information and with whom.

No one can prevent identity theft, but as a traveler and a job hunter, there are things you can do to help protect yourself.

Here are five ID theft tips.

1. Strengthen your passwords

Make sure you have strong passwords. This is true if you’re on the road for a job interview or anywhere else. A strong password includes an uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special symbols. Avoid using the same password on multiple accounts. And be sure to change them from time to time. A quick pro tip for job seekers who fill out job applications online: A few of the popular employment-application platforms all require eight-character passwords. It might be tempting to keep it simple and use the same password on each one. Don’t do it. Make those passwords unique.

2. Avoid public Wi-Fi

Your job search might lead you to a café to drink a cup of coffee and do some work. Don’t forget, Wi-Fi networks use public airwaves. That means it’s possible for someone to intercept what you’re doing on your computer—including sending personal information to a would-be employer. Consider installing and using a “virtual private network” on your mobile device and computer. A VPN creates an encrypted connection between your device and the VPN server. That makes your data harder to intercept.

3. Watch out for scams

It’s often easy to want to give employers whatever information they ask for. That might be OK when dealing with your average Fortune 500 company, but keep an eye out for scams. Some job listings are designed to trick you into sharing your personal information in person or online. Make sure you’re engaging with a real company with a real job.

4. Beware of jobs you have to pay for

The Federal Trade Commission warns about third parties who say a job is waiting for you. There are plenty of reputable employment services, but you should watch out for certain warning signs—for instance, if you need to pay to get the job. Someone may say they have a job for you, but you have to pay a fee for certification, training materials, or their expenses to put you in the job. Employers and employment firms should not ask for money up front.

5. Guard your financial information

Another word of caution from the FTC: Don’t supply your credit card or financial account information over the phone to an employer unless you know them and have agreed to pay for something. Identity thieves posing as employers can use that information to commit identity fraud.

Time to polish up that resume

Job hunting doesn’t have to involve identity theft. But it’s smart to minimize the risks, so you can maximize the rewards of your fresh start. Now you have 20 great cities to choose from.

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