Finding a new job is hard enough when you’re applying for positions in your own zip code. Start casting a wider net, and things get even trickier. In an informative Florida Times-Union post titled “Work Wanted: Some Tips for Success in Long-Distance Job Search,” writer Candace Moody offers six great pieces of advice for folks looking for work in cities other than their own. Read on for a summary of what she suggests.
1. Choose Your Cities Wisely — There’s a lot involved with moving to a new city. First, there’s the cost of physically transporting all your stuff, and then there’s the mental toll of adjusting to a new place and getting your bearings. There’s a chance you won’t be happy, and companies are aware of this. Prove you’re not a risky proposition by showing you’ve spent some time in the area of have some kinds of connections, familial or otherwise.
2. Put Down Some Roots — Once you know where you might like to move, schedule a few visits and get the lay of the land. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with the local players in your industry and begin networking. By gaining a sense of who’s who and what’s going on, you’ll show potential employers that you’re not a total outsider. You should also begin looking at neighborhoods and figuring out where you might like to live, should an opportunity present itself.
3. Develop a Relocation Plan — It’s unlikely a company will pay for your relocation, so if you want to be considered for the gig, demonstrate that you’ve thought about your relocation plan and are able to start as soon as necessary. “All things being equal, companies will choose the candidate who can start first,” says Moody.
4. Update Your Resume/Social Media Profiles — Since some companies disqualify candidates based on geography, delete any mention of your current address on your resume. You might also update LinkedIn to indicate that you’re seeking opportunities in your target city. While you’re on LinkedIn, begin networking with people from that city you’re eying and develop as many connections as possible.
5. Get Ready for Your Close-Up — Long-distance interviewing may well involve video, so purchase a webcam and figure out how to use it. Technology is a beautiful thing, but it can make connecting on a human level a challenge. Figure out your best camera angle and practice by chatting with a friend.
6. Don’t Lie About Locale — Should the hiring manager ask about where you live, don’t act like you live in the area and risk being exposed as a liar. Instead, put together an “elevator pitch” detailing why you’re excited about the opportunity and how soon you’d be able to move to the new city and get down to business.