I have dabbled in a long distance job search before. It was a learning experience. An experience that will make this trip much easier.
The first lesson is that there is no such thing as a long distance job hunt at my pay level. So I will have to be out there before I start my search. While I will be contacting a hireing agency I highly dought they will set up any interviews without meeting me first.
I will also be sending my car before me. This way I can not only go to interviews but not have to worry about getting a job without having a ride. This will also save me money because I will not have to rent a car.
I will be taking all my vacation after my car is out there. Then when I get back I will turn in my notice. I have not decided how I am going to tell them. With our new manager I can't trust that she won't drop me the moment she finds out. And I really would like to not have to deal with unemployment during my move.
Personally I have no intention of claiming unemployment unless the manager does something to me. Then there I cobra and all the other little details.
Thank god this isn't happening for two years.