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.