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Applying For An Out Of State Job

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Your job search might alert you to opportunities far from your hometown. While you are willing to relocate, many companies are hesitant to interview, let alone hire, out-of-state applicants.

Applying For An Out Of State Job

If you want to relocate out-of-state or away from your hometown, realize many companies will not pay for relocation in the current economic environment unless they cannot find a local candidate. Here are a few techniques you can use to increase your chances for an out-of-state job:

  • Find a mailbox company (or a friend) with an address perceived as within the commuting distance for the job. Also, get a phone number (use Skype or Google Voice) to get a phone number that is in the area code where the job is.
  • In the cover letter, mention although you are currently working in another city, you have begun the transition to the new location. This is true if you have established an address and phone number in the new city.
  • I do not recommend that your resume list name, email address and phone number only. That bare-bones information can get you eliminated from the application, since the company will assume you are hiding something.
  • In the cover letter or email that accompanies your resume mention that you are open to relocation. Even better, if you already have plans in place to move to the state, let the company know when you will be a resident.
  • The easier you make your relocation for the company involved, the more likely they will be to consider you. You may want to consider paying for your own transportation to the interview.

Of course, the most important consideration is your resume and cover letter highlight the skills, accomplishments and experience that companies in your target state are looking for.


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Robin Schlinger

Robin Schlinger is the founder of Robin’s Resumes which provides excellent services to those who value the best in resumes and career marketing documentation.

6 comments

  1. As an experienced recruiter, I agree with some of the suggestions, but also have a few comments.

    1. DO have a cover letter and DO cater your resume objective to the position you are applying for. With majority of the applicants auto-applying for jobs with one standard resume, a personal touch makes you stand out. When I am recruiting for my team, I don’t even bother looking at resumes of candidates who didn’t bother enough to take the time to personalize the application. If they don’t want it bad enough to spend the time on their application, as a hiring manager, why should I spend the time reviewing it?

    2. I agree with the previous comment – local phone number is not essential. No one pays attention to it, especially in the metro areas that already have a zillion area codes.

    3. Resumes without the exact street address (just having the city / state) are becoming increasingly common. No, they don’t look suspicious. Also, many of our clients realize that we have become an increasingly mobile community, with people willing to relocate for great job opportunities. Many of my hires happen as “Skype to hire”, without any in-person (live) interviews.

    4. Many companies these days still offer relocation expenses or relocation assistance, especially if you are going through a contract house or a recruiting firm (for the right candidate we offer $1,500 – $2,000 in relo). I would not necessarily stress that you will relocate on your own dime as part of the introduction process. Negotiate that once you get through the interviews and to the offer stage.

  2. Thanks for the info. I have been indicating in my cover letters that I am looking to relocate to Atlanta; but let’s say I do use my friend’s address or get a PO Box, wouldn’t that be deceitful to the potential employer? what if I do get the interview, it would take me part of the day just to get there. I am looking for housing, but haven’t secured it because I don’t have a job yet. How would I list that on my resume? as part of the objective?

  3. Im also living in GA and i’ve been applying to several jobs in NY, recently before reading this article i’ve been including in my cover letter that I will be moving at my own expense but i never thought to include it on my resume as well. Hopefully that makes a difference, thank you.

  4. I have been doing all these things except for getting a phone number that’s local. With everybody having cellphones as their primary phone these days, I really don’t think a non-local number is a big deal.

    Having said that, I have run into A LOT of companies that won’t even give me a chance. I finally changed my resume and cover letter so that it has my new address on it (I already have housing lined up) and made reference in my cover letter that I’m currently still working in Georgia and am attempting to procure employment while in the process of relocating.

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