Moving? Here’s How To Apply For Jobs In Your New City, State, or Country:
Clients as me how to land a job in a different city. You’ve got packing tape, boxes, and bubble wrap, but what you need is a job when you get to town. Maybe you just graduated university. Maybe your spouse got a new job somewhere else as a nurse. Or a career change too.
Trouble is, as soon as a prospective employer sees your resume with an address listed in Lamesville Nebrahoma, they’re going to think you applied to this job 6,000 miles away by mistake and toss your resume in vile smelling pile of trash.
So what do you do?
I encounter Resume to Interviews clients with this problem every so often, and I’ve assembled the top three tips I give to our clients when their dream jobs and their mailbox are in different zip codes (countries too).
1) Don’t Lie.
Seriously. Do. Not. Lie. It’s going to come out eventually, and you’re going to run the risk of losing your credibility, and even having the word spread if you’re applying for jobs in the same area and industry.
If you already have a new address in the new town, feel free to use it, but do not make one up. Do not use a friend’s address unless the move is imminent and you are ready to drive down for an interview at a moment’s notice.
2) Don’t Omit Your Address or Use a P.O. Box
Can you say Red Flag? Trying to hide your location is just as sketchy as lying about it, and just as transparent. They know that you’re leaving it off to hide that you’ll have to be relocated.
Better to have an address that is far away than to give none at all. If you’re applying, they’ll assume that you are planning to relocate. Whether they’re willing to accommodate that is up to them.
3) Don’t Freak Out
Don’t assume you have no chance just because you’ll have to relocate. People do this for work all the time, and Hiring Managers have seen it a thousand times before. If you try to get around it, you might even be cheating yourself out of crucial travel or relocation assistance that some jobs offer for the right candidate.
Do you agree with these three tips? Do you want to find jobs in Philadelphia ( because that’s where we live!)? What else should job hunters know to get that dream job in a faraway land?
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