When you searching for a job in an area you don’t live in, you have to catch the attention of the hiring managers, even more than the average jobseeker.
For some hiring managers, the address line is the deal breaker. If you don’t live locally, you will often be overlooked. However, there are ways to target and land your dream job in a place you are moving to.
Use these tips to help launch a new chapter in your career.
Use a Local Address
If you are willing to relocate, place this information near your address on your resume. If you have a local address to use that belongs to friends or family in the area, add it to your resume.
Be aware that this local address may trigger an immediate trip for an interview. If you are willing to gamble that you can make the trip for the interview on a moment’s notice, then go ahead and list the out of town address as your own.
Your out of town address is a huge disadvantage because hiring managers have dealt with people who back out after being hired or moving back to their hometowns after just a few months on the job. The disadvantages for the company also include delays in the start date because out of town candidates typically can’t pick up and move within a few days.
Explain Your Reasons for the Move
If your only reason for moving is the paycheck, chances are you won’t catch the eye of a hiring manager.
In addition to the job that you are applying for, you need to have good supporting reasons for moving into an area, and you should share these additional reasons in your cover letter. If you are looking to move home or to be near relatives, inform the hiring manager of this reason for your move. It will give you credibility toward being a stable hire because you have a reason to stay after relocating.
You want to give the impression that you won’t be an out-of-towner for long because you have every intention of becoming a local for the long run. Allowing them to think that the job is a primary reason you are uprooting can be a good idea, but some hiring managers prefer to add community-minded individuals rather than those just interested in climbing the corporate ladder.
Add a Timeline
If your move is set in stone with or without a job, this will work in your favor with the hiring managers. Let them know that your move is happening and when. You want them to know that your belongings are packed in boxes and that you are waiting for the moving van to arrive because your move is full steam ahead.
Focus Your Search Locally
This one only makes sense. If you’re looking for a job in a new place, try job sites that are geared specifically to that place. You don’t have to just rely on huge resources like Monster and Indeed, where your competition will be through the roof.
You need to narrow your view and look locally. That way, hiring managers will know that you’re focused on that place, and not just applying out of some vague interest in moving.
Don’t Request Relocation Assistance
If you are already planning to relocate for personal reasons, you should be able to cover your own relocation expenses.
This reduces a strain on a company and puts you in the running for the job with the locals because you are not asking the company to foot the bill to hire you plus bring you into town. Paying for your own travel expenses to arrive on time for interviews is another way to endear yourself to your hiring manager.
Spending money out of pocket to relocate shows you are serious about wanting to move and be a part of the new corporate culture.
Build a Network
No matter where you plan to find a job, networking is one of the key strategies to landing your next job. Reach out to others in the area where you intend to relocate. Build your network and get your foot in the door through a personal referral.
This personal touch can help fight the out-of-towner syndrome that could keep you from being hired. After all, most jobs are filled with people who know someone who helped them get hired.
Don’t Be Discouraged
The job search can take a while when you are trying to relocate. This is normal and is not a reflection on you or your skillset. It is frustrating when you are job hunting for a long period of time without receiving an offer, but don’t be discouraged. The further away you are trying to move, the longer the job search may take before you land the job of your dreams.
When you are searching for that perfect new job out of state, you want to do everything you can to make your candidacy as appealing as that of a local who has connections in the area. Your cover letter, resume, and your new network can get your foot in the door for an interview. With a little luck, you’ll be relocating and launching your career in a new region.