Managing a job hunt: Part 2 (the sanity check)

This post is the second in a series of posts about managing a programmer job hunt (including hunting for a job in another city). You might be interested in the other parts:

Part 1 (the initial research)

After the initial research

The first trip out

We created research packets for 5 cities around the metro area that we knew we wanted to target.
These packets included a ‘target house’ on Zillow

Within a 10 mile radius of the house, we found:

After we arrived, we used Yelp on our mobile phones to find highly rated local restaurants to visit to get a sense of ‘local flavor’.

This ‘scouting trip’ gave my wife and I a good sense of what was in each of the cities surrounding metro Atlanta, and was vital to our sanity during the move.