Looking to find a new job in a different location? Not to burst your bubble, but unless you have a highly specialized skill set, then you have your work cut out for you.
As one of the top employment agencies in Spokane, WA, Provisional knows that employers are typically more apt to hire locals for a variety of reasons. For instance, there’s less risk involved, it’s easier to schedule interviews and there’s no associated relocation costs.
The good news is that you can take some steps – starting with your resume and cover letter – to increase your odds of getting hired in a new location. To help you, here are some tips to consider:
Explain Your Move in Your Cover Letter
Don’t leave it up to chance. Clearly state your situation in your cover letter. For example, if you’re returning to your hometown, then spell that out. Doing so will ease an employer’s mind because you’ll be more likely to stay in the same location if you have roots there.
If you’re not relocating back home, but somewhere new, then you might want to state something like: “I’m searching for a new opportunity that’s a good fit for me and am open to the relocating for the right position.”
Also, if you know you’ll be moving to a specific location at some future date, regardless of whether you land a job or not, state that too. For instance: “I am moving to Spokane in October 2013. Your job opening is exactly the kind of opportunity I am looking for.”
Make It Easy for the Employer to Schedule Interviews
One of the major downsides of looking to relocate is that scheduling job interviews gets a lot more complicated, especially if going to an interview requires a plane ride. But make yourself as available as possible for the employer.
For instance, if you’ll be in the new location over certain dates, then state that in your cover letter. Or offer your availability anytime for a phone interview. If things go well, offer to travel to the company – on your own dime – for a face-to-face interview.
In the hopes of avoiding the relocation issue altogether, some candidates include someone else’s address on their resume or simply include an email address, rather than their phone and address. But doing so can actually hurt your chances of getting hired because it’s confusing for the hiring manager, especially if they call you to come in the next day for an interview and you can’t get there.
So be upfront about your situation and your desire to land a job in a new location. It will make things easier all around.
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Let Provisional know. As one of the top employment agencies in Spokane, WA, we’ve placed more than 8,000 direct hire employees with leading local employers since 1994. And whether you’re a local or just moved to the area, we can help you find a new job too! Contact us today if you’re ready to learn more.