New city, new beginnings! If you are one of the many planning to relocate due to family obligations or simply because it’s time for a fresh start in your dream city, you will inevitably face a hurdle: the long-distance job search. Job hunting from afar can present more complications, but it’s not impossible. Here are some tips for a successful long-distance job search:
Do Your Research
What is always the key ingredient for a successful job search? Research! The long-distance job search is no exception. In fact, it requires more research in order to have realistic expectations about the opportunities where you’re moving and the different requirements for these opportunities. Learn the basics, like average salary, but also do your part in learning as much as you can about different companies, as well as how your industry runs in the area.
Be Upfront about Relocation
You might be scared that employers will take one look at your resume, see you’re out of town and then toss your application. Yes, there will be some of that, but the best way to combat it is to be upfront about your move. First, briefly address it in your cover letter. Then during your interview, talk about it more in depth. Remember, you’re not the first person to relocate, nor will you be the last, so don’t let this unnerve you.
Talk to Your Network
Yes, your network is probably located near you, but you never know where they have other contacts! Talk to your network, and ask them to introduce you to anybody they may know in the area you’re relocating to. All you need is a foot in the door, and your network is the best way to find it.
Schedule Informational Interviews
Another way to get your foot in the door is to schedule informational interviews with employers in your new city. Informational interviews are a great way to learn about an organization and make a good first impression on hiring managers. Never had an informational interview before? Check out one of our past blog posts to learn the ins and outs.
Get to Know Skype ad Google Hangout
Let’s say you’ve landed an interview before you moved. What are your options? If the company wants to interview you face-to-face, certainly do your best to make it happen. However, if you have the option to interview virtually, get to know Skype, Google Hangout and other video conferencing systems. The more familiar you are with these programs, the less likely you will have an embarrassing tech error during your interview. While learning these programs, also research best practices for video interviewing.
The long-distance job search has unique hurdles, but if you keep this advice in mind, you have a better shot at finding your dream job in your new dream city. Good luck!
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