Landing a new job can be a challenge in itself. When you are applying to a job that will require relocation and significant travel plans, new challenges are likely to arise. If you are applying for a position in a new city and/or state, how can you ensure that your application won’t get glossed over and taken out of the running early on? We’ve provided 5 long distance job search tips to help you through the process!
1. Be Up Front About Your Intent to Move.
In your cover letter, include a line or two that clearly addresses your intent to relocate. If you already have a set date, be sure to include it. If you are applying for a job through an online application, there are usually sections labeled “additional notes” where you can address your intent to move. If you are emailing your resume, be sure to let the hiring manager know your relocation plans towards the end of your email. Lastly, if you do go through a recruiter and land a phone interview, casually bring up your plans to move towards the end of your conversation and let them know your timeline so they can plan accordingly.
2. Setting Your LinkedIn Location to Your Desired Job Location Can Help!
Many recruiters filter their LinkedIn searches by location, so make sure your location setting reflects where you want to be. This is only a good idea for those of you who are set on moving and/or those who have their mind set on an exact location to commute to. Some of you might live in suburban areas but have your sight fixed on finding a job in a metropolitan area (or vice versa). Changing your location setting on your LinkedIn will help get your professional profile noticed by recruiters looking solely within their own city limits. The last thing you want is for employers to immediately disqualify you based on assumptions and concerns about your long commute!
3. Visit the New Location.
You should always make sure that the location is fitting for you. Be sure to visit the area, if at all possible, before accepting any positions. If you are applying to a company that will require a long commute, be prepared for the traffic and know your route! It’s a good idea to do your homework on the surrounding areas and to make the drive at least once, so that you are not making the commute for the first time on the day of your interview. Also, if you are relocating to a new area solely for a new position, be sure to do your research in order to ensure you are making the best lifestyle choice!
4. Prepare for the Costs.
While it’s true that many long distance candidates expect that their potential employer will “foot the bill” to move, relocation expense reimbursement has actually been decreasing over the years. Unless your career is in high-demand or considered a specialized industry, you should not automatically expect to be reimbursed for your move. Do your research on expenses before offering to travel for an interview and if you already have plans on visiting the area, let the recruiter know sooner rather than later. In addition, research the salary ranges for jobs in your new city to make sure you are not over or undervaluing yourself!
5. Set a Timeline.
Though it doesn’t have to be a set date, you should always have some sort of timeline to give your potential employer so that they can have a realistic expectation on when you’ll start! In constructing your timeline, consider how much notice you’d like to give your current employer and the time it will take to move. The key for a smooth transition is to be as honest as possible.
Looking for a job in a new city can be tough! If you have already moved and are still having a hard time finding a job, consider working with a staffing agency and starting off as a temp! It’s a great way to get your foot in the door and to make professional connections. Lastly, use LinkedIn to your best advantage so that you can connect with people, learn more about professional organizations, and find networking events within your new surroundings!