Dreaming of relocating for a new job? Dr. Katherine Hanson and Dr. Randall S. Hanson of Quintessential Careers have helpful tips for job seekers who are searching beyond a 50-mile radius:
“Learn as much as you can about the city to which you wish to relocate,” they advise–if for no other reason than to make sure that’s where you really want to be. “Make sure you’ll be able to afford the cost of living and that you’ll be content with the city’s climate and cultural offerings,” they add.
Along with learning about the city itself, explore the job opportunities within the city: “Conduct research to find out which major employers are located in the city. You can also check out geographic-specific job sites.”
Devise a strategy
“Decide approximately when you’ll make the move and whether you’ll be able to make one or more scouting trips to the area before you relocate.” Quintessential Careers’ experts also suggest creating a moving budget to figure out whether or not you’re financially stable enough to handle a move–with or without a new job. Once your moving plans are straightened out, create a stand-out resume and cover letter. “Make sure your cover letter is in good shape and briefly explains your relocation to employers,” they say. “Be prepared to discuss some of the details of your relocation in your cover letters and interviews with employers in the new locale.”
Search for jobs
When looking for work, find all the companies you want to work for in the area: “A list of about 20 employers is a good goal to shoot for, and you should conduct additional research into these target companies.” When contacting (and being contacted by) companies, Quintessential Careers’ experts suggest explaining when and why you are relocating, to give your potential employer a time frame to work with. They also recommend asking employers for a phone interview before an in-person one. “Employers may be more willing to conduct initial screening interviews with long-distance candidates by phone if they can avoid worrying initially about the expense of getting you to a face-to-face meeting.”
Before going out and exploring your new city, it’s best to have interviews already lined up. “Schedule these interviews by making follow-up calls to all the employers and recruiters you’ve contacted so far in your new city. Tell them when you’ll be in town and that you’d like to schedule an interview.” Even if you can’t get an interview with a company for a specific job, ask if you can come in for an informational interview: “These interviews will provide you with a networking ‘in’ at companies.” Along with getting interviews booked, Quintessential Careers’ experts recommend researching and attending “career fairs, relevant professional conferences, or trade shows planned for your new area,” to get the most out of your trip.