How to Get Hired from Miles Away

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Searching for jobs out of state? We have some tips to give you an edge on getting noticed by hiring managers (and getting hired) no matter where you live!

In college we don’t have the same perspective as we do a few years into our careers. College is where you find yourself, career path, and dream location (or where you’re “supposed to” find all of the above). So what happens when you’re ready to move away and pursue your career in another state?

 

Find internships. Companies that offer internships are more willing to accept out-of-state candidates based on talent and college experience for a short amount of time than taking a risk of hiring a full-time position. Early in your career it’s easier to accept those unpaid internships, and they’re a great way to figure out if the industry is right for you. It’s also a way to “test-drive” a location for a short period of time. Most college majors require an internship, don’t be afraid to apply for and accept opportunities out-of-state.

 

Discover your “where.” If your dream is to be a movie producer, maybe Nebraska isn’t the ideal location to search for jobs. Research the best locations for your field and take into consideration where you would enjoy living. It might not be forever, but it would be nice to enjoy the area. Cold or warm weather, east or west coast; these are things to consider when searching. You can get great info about cost of living and top industries from many sites; check out our post with the top 10 cities for job growth in 2015.

 

Plan ahead. Traveling and moving is expensive, you MUST plan for this. Yes, some companies will offer help, but don’t assume. It never hurts to ask about Skype or Facetime interviews if traveling is not an option. Keep in mind, especially for entry-level positions, it’s easier for them to find a candidate in-state or one who is willing to travel.

 

Did you know? Companies like PakMail.com offer a mailing/shipping address service (and not just a P.O. Box) in the city you are applying anywhere in the U.S. It helps to have a local address if you’re searching in a specific city.

 

Highlight your flexibility. Show them how motivated you are for the job, specifically focus on the company and position itself. You will be asked “Why do you want to live/move to {insert city here}?” and you should prepare an answer for this.  Make it unique for each interview so it doesn’t sound robotic. Emphasize what you can bring to the table and being an out-of-stater is not to your disadvantage!

 

Re-work your resume. Making small changes specific to the company or job duties can give you an edge over the competition. We’ve all padded our resumes, but don’t flat out lie. This should be a given, but even lying about your address can cause a hiring manager to question everything on your resume. If you are not specific about location, leave the address off. If you already have a location, put the address, or even just the city and state. This will give you a chance to explain your plans when asked about relocation.

 

Make and maintain connections. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. From the start of college through your life you’ll meet so many people; you never know who might help you get a job. Get a business card, become friends on social networks, become a networking pro. Joining your alumni group is a great way to stay connected, as well as being an active participant in professional networking groups. And remember to return the favor when you are able!

 

Know your goals and work toward them with every move you make. They might change (they probably will), but being prepared can help ease the process. If you are ready to start looking for something new, check out listings at Jobs2Careers and see where your dreams can take you! We also created a list of 210 best job search sites for 2016, broken down by industry, that could help you get your resume out there!


About the author

Cally Martin

Cally is the Marketing Specialist, social media lover, blog writing boss, and event planner extraordinaire at Jobs2Careers. She will definitely ask to pet your dog, try to convince you to run a 5K because three miles “isn’t that bad", and will always say yes to a mimosa brunch.

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