Avoiding the Hassles of Out of State Job Searches

If relocation is in your career future, this can add more challenges to your job search process. Unfortunately, many employers have no interest in working with long-distance candidates. There are far too many “ifs” and risks when working with potential employees who live out of state.

Quite frankly, most employers simply won’t be bothered with long-distance candidates if they can find local candidates. Does this mean you should give up your search? Absolutely not. It’s not impossible to find a long-distance job; it’s just a little more challenging.

Be Upfront and Honest

Let’s say you are searching for job openings available in a city across the country. Potential employers may be put-off by your cover letter unless you offer them an explanation as to why you are searching for a job in their area. Maybe you are relocating because your partner recently accepted a job there, or perhaps you grew up in the area and are now looking to move back home. The key is to give the employer the impression that you are already in the process of relocating.

Be Specific About Your Move

Employers are reluctant to hire long-distance candidates primarily because there are so many risks involved. What if the candidate decides to change their mind about the move last minute? What if they find it hard to adjust to their new location and decide to move back home after just a few months? There are also candidates that require relocation assistance, which present more complication and risk.

Let the employer know you are serious about moving. Be as specific as you possibly can about your move. Provide dates or a timeframe for your move. This will put the potential employer’s mind at ease and reassure them that you are serious about the opportunity.

Be Prepared for a Long Search

Searching for a long-distance job will likely be a long process. This may not be true for every job seeker, but most people will have a harder time finding an employer who is interested in dealing with a long-distance candidate. Just be prepared for this ahead of time and do not let it discourage you.

Be as Accommodating as Possible

Many employers choose not to work with long-distance candidates because of the issues mentioned previously. Being as accommodating as possible will eliminate many of the hassles employers fear. This might mean taking a last minute flight for an interview, or finding a way to start as quickly as possible if you are hired. You may also want to consider covering the cost of relocation and traveling expenses yourself.

Use Your New Location on Your Resume

There are many employers that simply skip over cover letters. In this case, you may want to consider either using a local address of a friend or family member, or you may want to say “Relocation to” under your current address. While this can be an effective tactic, there are some things you need to consider. If you use a friend or family member’s local address, you may receive a call asking you to come in for an interview the next day. Just make sure that you are prepared to fly out at any given moment if you go this route.

In short, a new job in a new city can be an exciting adventure to take on, but it requires the right set of expectations and a solid plan in order to make this dream a reality.

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9 thoughts on “Avoiding the Hassles of Out of State Job Searches

  1. I’d like to relocate someday (when I find the ideal city and state!), but one main thing holding me back is a JOB. Now that I’m working full time in my local school district, it’s more difficult to up and move. Not only would I have to take a pay cut (a pretty steep one, too), the whole idea of searching for a job out of state is daunting.

  2. Showing the potential employer why you plan to move back is a big benefit to you. Without it, they have no assurance that you will actually follow through with the move. I’ve known a few friends that saved up a few months worth of living expenses and just moved and then looked for a job. It’s not the smartest thing to do, but it worked out OK for them.

  3. We faced a long distance job search right when we got married. We were moving out of state so I could go to grad school and my wife could teach. We actually traveled from Ohio to Georgia so she could have some face to face interviews with the school principals. I think it helped her case that we made the effort. It also helped for them to know we were moving to Atlanta so I could go to school, most likely for three years. That fact I had a school commitment gave them some assurance they would have her for at least that long.

  4. I am looking forward to quitting my job so that I can search for a place to collect my passive income. The thing I find out about most jobs, is they take too much time, and get in the way of too many things…

  5. Love your tips.

    I have relocated a few times interstate. I am fortunate that my family has connections pretty much everywhere and with my qualifications I literally walked into jobs everywhere. My ex husband on the other hand was not so lucky and it cost us a lot.

  6. If I knew I would want to work in a specific city I would go there, rent a place for a couple of weeks and attend as many interviews as possible. Or move there straight with savings and see how it goes. If I’d just like to go to “somewhere on the West coast” I would stay home and put that I am mobile geographically on the resume.

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