If you’re searching for a job in another city or state, you’ll face more challenges than if you stick to the local job market. However, it’s not impossible to persuade employers to take a chance on you. Before you look for your dream job, determine how you’ll address the issue of relocating in your resume and during interviews.
Explain Your Reasons
Tell employers why you’re looking for jobs in another city or state so they’ll know you’re serious about relocating. For example, mention in your cover letter that you plan to join your spouse, who has already moved there. Or, when the interviewer asks why you want the job, note that you grew up in the area and hope to move back because you miss the city and want to be closer to your family. This demonstrates that you want to put down roots, and that you’re not applying simply because you’re desperate for a job or curious about what it would be like to live in the region.
Employers sometimes hesitate to hire or even interview non-local candidates, partly because of the expense. The company may not have the budget to fly applicants out for interviews and may be unable or unwilling to foot the bill for moving. If you’re prepared to finance the trip yourself, emphasize that fact when you submit your resume. If you plan to be in the area, note the time period of your visit and say that you’re available for an interview during that time. Even if you’re prepared to pay for relocation, don’t bring this up until the company makes a job offer. Doing so can make you appear desperate. However, you can mention that you’re already planning to move to the area.
Take Advantage of Local Ties
If you have friends or family who live in the area, ask if you can use their address on your resume. Employers will give you the same consideration as local applicants, eliminating the need to discuss relocation until the interview. Also mention prior knowledge of the area or your experience doing business there. For example, perhaps at your last job you worked with a client in that city. Mention the client on your resume so the employer knows you have some understanding of the local business climate.
If employers know you’re not local, they may interrogate you regarding the challenges of moving to a new city. Prepare responses that demonstrate that you’ve assessed the difficulties and created a strategy to ensure a smooth transition. Consider every detail, such as moving your kids to a new school, adjusting to the cost of living and establishing a new professional network. For example, tell employers you’ve already created a budget based on expenses in the new city. Or say that you’ve toured the school your children will attend and were impressed by the quality of the education offered.
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